How do you become one of the best Real Estate Agents in the Manchester NH area? The simple answer is to follow a recipe that always seems to change. Mix a willingness to work harder and longer than others. Add knowledge of the area's you will list and sell in as well as a knowledge of the type of homes and the types of sale. The most important ingredient is experience. In order for one to garner experience they have to live and work through a multiple amount of buyers, sellers and most important sales.
Each listing and every sale is a learning experience. At the ripe age of 18 I got my Real Estate license and entered into the family business. Now 26 years later I can say that each day is still a learning experience. (OK math whizzes, 18 plus 26 equals 33 right) I don't want to be 29, everyone says that. I feel 33 which is not only a lucky number but the number of Allstar Larry Bird.
In 26 years the one transaction that stands out was on my listing where an agent working for me had the buyer however was not their buyer broker. We do not practice dual agency and the buyer did sign the agency disclosure that we were sellers agents. For the sake of privacy the amounts have been changed and rounded down to protect the buyer and the seller,
The home was listed at $369,900. The buyer saw the home and wanted to make an offer immediately. They offered $350,000 cash and had the showing agent write the contract on the hood of his car. The buyer did have a few contingencies they added and asked for the seller to include some belongings.
The offer was presented to the seller. they accepted the price but did not want to leave some personal furnishings the buyer asked for. After crossing those out and changing some wording on the buyers inspections to be completed by a professional where buyer wrote "friend" it was presented back to the buyer. The buyer had to have items such as fireplace accessories but gave up the inspection and on adding in the other furnishings. With more cross outs and changes back to the seller who accepted. We had a signed agreement with no contingencies for a sales price of $350,000.
The showing agent then on their own decided they would clean up the contract by typing it to remove all the cross outs and hand written changes. However when typing, he typed $ 150,000 instead of the $350,000. To avoid delays he brought it tio the seller hich should have come to me the listing agent to review and get signatures. The sellers signed it without catching the price. He then met the buyer who signed it without saying anything there was a typo.
Fast forward to a few days before closing, a HUD comes over, I review it and see the $150,000 sales price. I catch it right away and contact the closing attorney to fix it. Within minutes the buyer is calling that "OH NO, the seller agreed to reduce the sales price to $150,000 and that is what they are buying it for." OH NO from me they did not. Going forward the buyer stands firm, the mistake on the clarified purchase agreement is found, teh seller refuses to sell for $150 when they had a sign agreement for $350,000.
Next you guessed it, a lawsuit by the buyer trying to force the sellers who are elderly to sell for the $150,000. Fast forward for the last time with months of legal work, $10,000 in legal fees or so and finally an expedited hearing. After a day long trial the Judge agreed there was no meeting of the minds to sell for the $150,000 price. That it clearly was a typo and shame on the buyer for trying to take advantage of it which they even stated on the stand.
The property was put back on the market and sold to another buyer for nearly the same price. The showing agent retired. A lesson was taught to proof read, proof read, proof read all legal documents. A simple review of the document could have exposed a 1 digit typo that caused so much stress.
As we live in a "Sue happy" world buyers today see many more disclosures and much more scrutiny than ever. If the buyer had morals or was not trying to take advantage this all would have been avoided. After much thought about what listing or sale taught me the most I choose this as it can teach every agent a lesson. It made me stronger and strengthened checks and balances within my office. Agents work for the broker and responsible to follow the office guidelines for a reason other than "to be hassled." as I often hear.
THE BOTTOM LINE is it starts with the simple things to be a good agent, we then have to add these experiences whether small or large to become a great agent. Add in the ability to listen, some patience and the will to work harder and more efficient than the average agent and that can make you a SUPER AGENT.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU WANT TO BUY OR SELL A HOME?
Choose an Agent that is RIGHT for You
1. Choose a FULL TIME Agent. You want an agent whose sole job is working in Real Estate. You want to make sure they are available when needed to answer questions or show your home.
2. Choose a Full Service Agent. Sure discount brokers may charge slightly less but you can get substantially LESS in the service you receive. Listing your home is only the start. The real work comes in marketing, getting an offer, negotiating a sale, standing by you during the sale and standing with you to close the sale.
3. Choose a LOCAL agent. Too many agents from out of town and even out of state are looking to list your home. They may not know your area, your neighborhood, not know your children schools, where you shop, which church you go to and may not be able to "just run over to your house" on a moments notice when needed.
4. Choose an Experienced Agent. Not every agent is experienced with all types of homes, areas and types of sales. Choose a Listing Agent that is Experienced in LISTING Homes. It is what we do and what we do well.
5. Choose an agent who will ASSIST YOU THROUGH EACH STEP of the Selling process. There is nothing worse than being left to fend for yourself. Your agent should be there through each step, answering your questions, guiding you and giveing you peace of mind.
The moral of this story is too many Home Owners are jumping into listing their home too quickly. This is not buying a timeshare people, you should not be getting the hard sell to list now or else the deal is gone. The only bell ringing is the alarm bell.
My BEST ADVICE is telling you what we can do for you when we list Homes in NH and let you use it as a guideline.
WE STRIVE TO PROVIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE SERVICE THROUGHOUT EACH STEP OF THE LISTING AND SELLING PROCESS!!!
It does not take magic to turn your "For Sale" sign into a "Sold" sign. it takes a full time Local Agent who specializes in Listing homes like yours.
If you need to sell your home and you owe more than your house is worth, i may be able to help. I specialize in working with home owners to get your home sold. There are many options such as a short sale whcih may be able to help you.
Please try and avoid out of state or out of town agents and companies that make "out of this world promises". We are local agents with experience who never charge any up front fees. WE GET RESULTS!!!
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Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of The Godzyk Real Estate Services located in Manchester NH. With 25 years of Real Estate experience Scott specializes in Listing and Selling Bank Owned Homes, Short Ssles, Residential Properties, Condominiums, New Construction and Investment Properties. Scott services the counties of Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Belknap. To contact Scott Godzyk please call 603-661-2121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. his website is www.ScottSellsNH.com.