Open House For Realtors Not Buyers

Open House – Today is more for Realtors® than buyers and sellers!

Online Information has a good side and a bad side. Lots of information with no training can be a budget disaster!

As Realtors® today we see that an open house is often thought of by a customer as a way to avoid  contact with a Realtor.

The open house way of thinking customers have escapes us as Realtors®. The reason being is the customer entering any open house in a sense is walking into a lion’s den The Lion inside would be the Realtor. The purchase of a home is not made on a regular basis and it is the largest investment that most people make. Too much knowledge is available without the training on how to use it leaves many home buyers at risk. Pretty much everyone knows what a lawyer is and does. Lawyers negotiate legal disputes between multiple parties. If you were to ask a large group of people if they would use the same lawyer as the person they have the dispute with. You would have an instant response of NO! 

Lawyers Negotiate and Realtors Negotiate

Everyone understands that they want their own lawyer to protect their interests. So why do home buyers walk into an open house and engage in conversation with a Realtor who negotiates for the seller. Mostly because they think they can save money. This theory is mostly wrong because once a home is on the market the seller agreed to pay the commission. An open house is a way for the sellers Realtor® to negotiate against you and keep both halves of the commission, In most cases the seller signs upfront to pay both Realtors® Yours and theirs. So why would you want your opponents agent negotiating on your behalf when they are obligated to the seller.

Recommendation

Select a Realtor® to represent you before attending any open houses. 

Once you select a Realtor® you can look at houses on your schedule and save a huge amount of time. Using professional tools instead of watered down public sites you can look at only those homes that meet your criteria. At the same time your Realtor® is obligated to get you the best deal and be paid by the seller.

Stay Out Of The Lions Den

You should look at homes with your Realtor® who works for you at no expense to you. Maybe most importantly at a time that works for you!

Can You Guess Who Is Taking The Lead Toward The American Dream?

 

 

Open House For Realtors Not Buyers2019-05-14T15:13:34+00:00

Choose Agent Susan Kent As Your Realtor – Why

Could You, Someone You Know Be A Home Buyer Ready To Relocate, Embark On A House Purchase Or Lifestyle Change?

Coincidentally, you have company if you have wanted to enhance the living situation for yourself or your family. Agent Kent tells folks wanting to buy property in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake or Coastal Virginia to narrow down a location.  Are you hoping to buy immediately or in a couple of months?  Are you a military veteran or active duty Military with new orders to a new location?  Relocate to attain the quality lifestyle so important to you.  Did someone you know and trust refer you to choose Susan Kent, accomplished Realtor® with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services? Susan Kent (AKA Agent Kent) Agent of First Choice?  Then you are in good shape.

When Americans Are Asked To Describe Success Most Will Choose To Be A Home Buyer And Enjoying Homeownership

Owing to the continued status given to homeowners it remains a goal for most Americans.  Coupled with the perception that it symbolizes accomplishment.  In fact the popularity of attendees to a First-Time Home Buyer class reflects a strong desire for home purchase.  As a licensed Realtor® in Coastal Virginia Beach, I encounter a great number of people desirous of buying their first home but uncertain how to even begin.  These first-timers frequently received confusing information from well-meaning friends who were not professional real estate agents or mortgage lenders.

As a result many potential qualified buyers unwittingly missed buying opportunities and an opportunity for improved quality of life.  Advice that Susan shares with those she cares about is to always seek out career professionals in any specialty industry be it healthcare, law, real estate, technology, etc. for what you need to do.  Critical information to have is if and what you are qualified to buy.  Qualified for a first-time loan or VA Military loan for a first, second or additional home?  Susan Kent can connect you with her strong lending business partners to assist.

Choose Susan Kent, licensed REALTOR ® top producing agent with the Choose A Home Team of Howard Hanna to be your professional guide to real estate.  Do not pass up your piece of the American Dream of Homeownership! 

Ready Buyer or Seller To Move To A New Home?

Over the years Susan Kent has been introduced to numerous aspiring first-time home buyers who previously gave up on their dream of owning a home.  That is, until they finally connected with Top Producing Real Estate Agent Susan Kent!  In general, after Susan spoke with those new clients she discovered a majority shared something in common.  A novice buyer may look at advertisements online for townhouses, condominiums or single family homes in all of Coastal Virginia.  Similarly, they may have heard about random neighborhoods surrounding Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Chesapeake, Suffolk or Norfolk.  They often began their quest without clear direction or end goal in mind.

Had they asked mere acquaintances if they knew anyone that might be a home seller possibly putting up their home for sale?  Maybe they overheard somebody mentioning a neighborhood nearby.  Frequently the eager new buyer began their home search with little idea how to get started correctly.  They thought it would be quick and easy to just explore houses on their own.  Undoubtedly it sounds like a good first step right?  However, something else needed to happen first.  Hence, eager home buyers going it alone often experienced confusion.  Frustration and helplessness crept in which often led them to drop out of the buying process.

For A Different Outcome Contact Seasoned Realtor Susan Kent Before Doing Anything

To be fair even seasoned home buyers and home sellers have been known to wave their arms in the air for help.  In fact, most people who have already owned property know they need an agent.  Homeowners likely are not real estate professionals.  Instead, they may be professionals in their own specialty.  Given this, it is not surprising that they feel unqualified.  Under these circumstances, navigating alone buying or selling and getting off the starting block will be slow with trip hazards.

Top Producing Agent Susan Kent, Licensed REALTOR® In Coastal Virginia

As with most things, creating a plan is the best method to ensure efficiency and optimal outcome.  Finding an expert Coastal Virginia REALTOR® uniquely qualified as your guide for real estate transactions is a crucial first step.  Not all real estate agents are REALTORS®. And not all REALTORS® are of the same caliber as Susan Kent’s clients can attest to.  Susan’s clients become her RAVING FANS and continually compliment her.  Not surprising then accolades are “knowledgeable, super, detail-oriented, outgoing, professional, knows her stuff, great negotiator”.  Also, “When Susan tells you something listen, really caring, personable, the best REALTOR, part of the family, great friend, intelligent, strong” and more.

Google: Choose Agent Kent

Many of Agent Kent’s clients have written raving reviews about her professionalism, integrity and personal service that made their home purchase or sales so memorable.  Susan Kent regularly educates clients – she tells them that no individual person can be an expert in every occupational field.  Therefore they are not expected to know the nuances of real estate.  That is her job to know.  She points out what should be a basic expectation that everyone needs to know. Essentially, their budget.  In the same fashion, understanding the budget principle would be true to operate a business or run a household.  And of course, to begin the process of your new home.

Highlighting this point, first-time buyers striking out alone have wasted valuable time looking at homes at an unaffordable price range.  On the other hand, the same buyers may have financial means to purchase but unknowingly have credit issues that must be cleaned up.  For these reasons, connecting to a professional real estate agent with a proven record of successful real estate transactions to guide and navigate you through the wonderful, though at times complex world of real estate is a sound move.

The best choice of course is to Choose Agent Susan Kent, licensed REALTOR® as Your Agent of First Choice Every TimeBecome one of Susan’s RAVING FANS!

Choose Agent Susan Kent As Your Realtor – Why2019-02-21T19:19:22+00:00

Award Winning Real Estate Team

Dr. Shep Praises The Choose A Home Team With 25+ Smooth Transactions.

Several years ago, I traveled to Virginia Beach to visit the area for a second time. The purpose of my visit was to see what might be available in my quest for the perfect retirement house to purchase.

Gerry Goodman, a friend of mine who is a realtor in Orange County, California, recommended a realtor named Don Maclary and The Choose A Home Team to assist with my house purchase. Then with William E Wood and Associates that has since merged with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

Before traveling to Virginia Beach from Sacramento, California, I contacted Don, told him my goal, and arranged to meet with him. Every morning at 8 a.m., Don showed up at the timeshare at the beach where I was staying and took me out for the day. Sometimes  even in the evening, to get an idea of the community and the neighborhoods, as well as the homes.

I wanted to have a place with a water view.

We looked at homes on the Atlantic Ocean, on Chesapeake Bay, on the Wolfsnare River, on local lakes, on creeks, on flood run-off streams, and on water holes on golf courses. This amazing realtor “gets inside your head” and figures out what you want, then finds it for you.

Although my original intent had been to just look around for the four days I was in Virginia Beach.

Three days went by and Don had found two of exactly what I wanted! The homes were in different neighborhoods, so I picked the more traditional area, with lots of trees. Now I have a ranch house on a lake, with a dock, as well as a Jacuzzi outdoors. It’s almost like being in a bird sanctuary! It is in a cul de sac, so I feel that my grandchildren will be safe from traffic when they visit.

A few times a year, I travel from my work in Sacramento to my retirement home in Virginia Beach. Where I am happy to be  joined by my family for holidays and family celebrations. Most of the year, the lake house is rented out, so this investment literally pays for itself. When I am ready to retire and make it my permanent home, it will be waiting for me.

Don Maclary is the most thorough, competent, knowledgeable realtor I have ever encountered. This is true whether you are looking for a vacation home or a weekly rental, as well as your forever house to purchase in Coastal Virginia. He answers his phone! If not immediately available, he lets you know he will be right with you. He takes the time to talk with people, and you feel as if you are the only client he has. Meanwhile, he and his team are winning awards for their achievements and their many satisfied customers. If a realtor does not provide quality service he or she is not on Don’s team.

 Don is seldom out of town.

However, when he does leave town he always has a back-up team member who will effectively service the needs of a client in his absence. After all, he does leave the area to go on the reward trips provided for high achievers in his company, the largest in the area, Howard Hanna! When you complete a deal with Don Maclary that is not the end of the relationship. If you ever need assistance with which repair person or handy man to use, or which restaurant to enjoy, or what sights to see, the best beaches, etc., you can always call on Don. He is a man of many talents. With his creative, divergent thinking, he can imagine different ways people can adapt various homes to their needs, ultimately providing them with their perfect place to own. On a rating scale of 1 to 5, Don Maclary scores a 10!

Award Winning Real Estate Team2019-05-22T12:05:51+00:00

How important is walkability to you

The urbanization of today’s Real Estate market is made easier by a new tool that can show your “walk score.”

Basically, walkability is an algorithm that awards points based on the distance to the closest amenity in each of several categories, Scores range from 0-100.

For example, if you wanted to know your intended home’s walk score or proximity to different locations. Some examples would be the grocery store, the gas station, school, or doctor, all these locations are plotted on a map. These places are then calculated from your location to determine the score. The higher the number, the more “walkable” the area is. This can also be done for public transportation, biking, or driving. The usefulness of these numbers is another service your Real Estate Agent has access to give you. If you want to live near shopping or the beach this number will give you an idea of its walkability. On the other hand if you like country living you might pick a home with a low walk score.

If you need an example of how this works, go to the Choose My Home Website, under the home resources tab and put in the address you are interested in looking up.  This gives you a score that breaks down the location to various amenities. Use this information to guide you in determining if the home you are interested in is right for you. Any home in the areas of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk or Suffolk is listed in this data base. Call any of our Realtors for more information.

How important is walkability to you2019-04-13T18:30:02+00:00

Fresh New Look For Real Estate – On The Web!

NEW REAL ESTATE SEARCH TOOLS

To our many loyal clients and prospective Home Buyers and Sellers.

We are currently developing our new website ChooseMyHome.com  for coastal Virginia Real Estate!

Many of our loyal follows of the former website  Chooseahomenow.com  we hosted for many years helping people with their house purchases and still do. While it was conceived on an older computer platform lacking bells and whistles, it served its purpose.

Times have changed.

In today’s fast moving world, technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. By comparison to past years leaving us with inadequate capability for site improvement because of the original platform’s limitations.

It was clear a change was needed. We made the decision to move ahead to reflect today’s digital age and techie demands. Taking one more progressive step we in large part to take care of our current and future clients.  As we have always done in person. The Choose A Home Team’s solid commitment to  communication and service to our customers in Coastal Virginia.  From the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to Suffolk our team is now expanding to the technological aspects of our business.

Notice that the wheels are now in motion. With a full scale production of a new modernized, user friendly website standing up to present day standards.  And once again the expectations of our clients is underway.  We are pleased to announce and welcome you to the launch with its fresh new look and feel!

Once the tweaks are made the plan is to then rework the old website. Bringing it to its maximum capabilities.  Both sites will work together and not be going away.  A close observation will ensue to see which site provides the better user experience for our clients.

Confident you will find the new website more intuitive and helpful, we encourage you to browse its pages as it evolves and invite you to stay awhile!

Watch the progress and stay tuned!

Our team is a group of well qualified Realtors with Howard Hanna, our home base is the Virginia Beach Laskin Rd. office and we serve all of Coastal Virginia

For new perspective Home Buyers we offer a Free Home Buyer Class to assist with your house purchase. 

 

Fresh New Look For Real Estate – On The Web!2019-03-04T15:49:42+00:00