Ugly Little Secrets about Selling a Home in Brentwood or Discovery Bay

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Home Point Real Estate DRE # 01492725

Ugly Little Secrets about Selling a Home in Brentwood or Discovery Bay

Selling a Home is tough for people and they have lots of questions. Today on a bulletin board where I sometimes answer questions a guy Selling a Home post a question on Short Sales. I didn't think much of it. I rarely get clients off the bulletin board, but I like to help people out when they are Selling a Home and it was a reasonable question about Selling a Home.

One other agent in the area had responded before me and his Home Selling Information seemed reasonable too; although our responses were divergent on the issue they were not mutually exclusive.

After I posted a response I thought that would be the end of the story. Then I get an e-mail that there is another response. I almost deleted it, then decided I would see what someone else had to say. Well it was the first agent. Apparently he had done a little research on my Brokerage.

This agent went on to offer the potential Home Seller some warnings about working with one man offices that are out of the home, or part time agents, and to make sure the entire team was licensed. Every thing he said would make me look bad.

To clarify I am a Broker – not just a Real Estate Agent – that alone should say something. I am full time. Having every member of a team licensed would be like having every member of a football team be a quarterback. Here is my response.

I find Nick's response some what humorous. He has obviously looked me up and did a little research. I do work out of my home, however, I am full time. As a mater of fact working at home allows me to work more. I spent 10 years running 7 offices and a dozen employees in another business; I like working alone now.

A team is more than a collection of agents. Sometimes a collection of agents is the last thing you want. It is Title and Escrow, it is Escrow assistants, and they are all things I can out source as do many agents. But when a client wants service I am the one they call - not another team member for this or that.

Which agent style works best for you is your choice. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. If you have an agent already great. If not and you want to give me or Nick some consideration great. I really do not know him, he may be a fine agent.

I would suggest you do one thing right now - Go to Google and do a number of searches on hyper local terms, If you search Short Sales in Discovery Bay I see me twice on page one - not one of my best search results but not bad. Do other hyper local searches. You will find me all over page one. Do you want your house on Page 1? Go to ActiveRain.com - the leading blog platform for Real Estate - you will see me at # 6 in the state and the best locally - of thousands of agents.

Have a great day.

There is no right or wrong size of a firm. Each has it's advantages and disadvantages. It is about personalities and how to get the most out of your self. If you are Selling a Home it has to do with your values and the type of companies you work best with.

In my last business I was doing something I loved. Then one day I found I was not doing what I loved but managing other people who did what I loved - but not as well.

I like working with people and doing Real Estate Sales – I like owning my own business – For now I choose to be a one man Brokerage. A one man Brokerage can do things for you a larger firm cannot do when Selling a Home. Your Home For Sale will be listed on the MLS for all the agents to see and have access to. The difference here is when you call you are always talking to the boss.

For more information on Selling a Home in Brentwood, Discovery Bay or Beyond – Short Sale or Traditional Sale give me a call at 925-260-4321.

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Rainer
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Peggy Chirico
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
Prudential CT Realty

Great response, Gene. You showed professionalism in focusing on what you can do, not on downplaying the other agent, which is what he did. I agree with you that working from home is far more productive than hanging out in an office and in the end, it's all about results and service.

March 30, 2012 06:56 AM
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Gene Riemenschneider
Turning Houses into Homes
Home Point Real Estate

Christine - I agree.

Evelyn - I felt his first answer was pretty good.  He seemed like a sharp agent.

Phil - Probably both.  I didn't want a fight, but it seemed like he was gunning for me.  It was kind of petty.

Charlie - In the back of my mind I am preparing for the day I decided to bring someone on board.  I really do not want to at this time.

Ron - I think the Big Boxes have their place - but they will not dominate the market like they used to.  When the housing market gets back to normal I think the small independents will do even better.

Peggy - I tried to be positive.  

March 30, 2012 08:31 AM
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Bonnie Vaughan
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin
Re/Max Home Team

My sister and I work a partnership.  We do not call ourselves a team.  We keep current on buyers and sellers we are working with.  If one of us is booked the other can cover.  Certain duties fall on me - like attending inspections and crafting reply's.  certain duties fall on her - like keeping me on track and making sure a ball does not drop. 

We both work with buyers.  Jayne is better with the car load of kids.  I'd would wind up locking the kids in the trunk.  I'm better with land and more mature buyers.

We don't have defined jobs.  The way we work allows us to give coverage so we can each take time for ourselves.

March 30, 2012 09:06 AM
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Gene Riemenschneider
Turning Houses into Homes
Home Point Real Estate

Bonnie it sounds like you have a great situation.  You have found your strengths and weaknesses and you each play to your strengths.

March 30, 2012 09:14 AM
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Brian Park

Gene

One of the things I found out years ago is that all offices are the same size, ONE, and when I explain that statement  to prospects they seem to understand exactly what I'm telling them. I've been an office of one, and had multiple offices, and it still rings true. Still resent Discovery Bay being created, ruined one of my favorite fishing and water ski spots. Though made a lot of money with resales there over the years even though I worked mostly Orinda around to San Ramon the years I worked the East Bay.

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Author Bio: Gene Riemenschneider is the Owner and Broker at Home Point Real Estate. He is a Realtor and a SFR (Certified Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource). Home Point Real Estate works with Home Buyers, Sellers, and Investors.

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