Livermore Sellers who are thinking of waiting until Spring to sell their home might want to think again. With such a small inventory of Livermore homes on the market, the Spring could bring an influx of bank owned properties, essentially off-setting the equilibrium we see in the Livermore market. The result may fab or Livermore buyers in the market come New Year. For now, the numbers continue to look stable over the last 12 months, which often times, is in contract to news you hear in the national media. Always remember, real estate is very, very local.
1. Have you ever had a client lose a deposit check to a Seller while you represented them? If so, how?
Sometimes a buyer will back out of a purchase after getting cold feet and lose their deposit. You are trying to eliminate any agent who has cost their client money because of blown timeframes or errors. When your money is on the line, its a big deal.
2. Are you a full-time agent?
Helping people buy and sell homes properly in Livermore or anywhere, requires a huge time commitment on the part of the agent. You are taking a risk when hiring a part-time agent. They may miss houses that come up on the market or not be available to attend inspections when they are scheduled on your behalf. Their number one duty should be to serve you and watch over your transaction rather than another part or full-time job.
3. What year were you licensed?
Experience makes a difference. Working with an agent who has " been there, done that " and has experiences to share with you, inevitably becomes your greatest ally.
4. How many homes did you sell over the last 12 months in the area that I am searching?
Again, experience in the market area you are purchasing is huge! For example, If you are buying a home in Livermore and come accross an agent who lives and works in Fremont, you have to wonder if they are really representing you in the best way possible. They probably don't know the area the way local agents do. This goes for any area. Agents should not be straying all over the bay area selling homes. It's not in the best interest of the client despite what the agent might tell them and despite the existing relationship they might have. What's in the best interest of the client is to be referred to a specialist in that area.
5. Wlll I be working with you directly or with your own buyer's agent?
Lets face it, some agents have a busy business. You may get to know a great agent and then be handed off to their team member. Find out up front who you will be working with.
6. Where do you live?
This concept is fairly simple I think, ….any agents that live in the area they are working are most likely going to be the most valuable to you.
The answers to these important questions will tell you a lot about the experience of the agent you are working with. Ask these questions so you know who is QUALIFIED or NOT qualified to help you buy one of the biggest investments you will ever make in your life.
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Livermore is a perfect combination of great location, great industry and great planning. If you don't know anything about our Livermore, Ca. history, this video is a must-see. The real estate market will benefit in the long run because of our history and excellent location in the Bay Area. Get aquainted with Livermore real estate by taking a drive down memmory lane.
Oh no, please tell me you didn't really do that! This is a good example of why consulting with an agent, a contractor, or an architect is a great idea before you undertake any remodel project. All of these professionals should consult with you for free. You can run ideas past these folks to see if what you are thinking of doing in your home makes any sense or not. The alternative is to go it on your own and risk making major remodeling errors like this one. Now granted, the mistake of putting a toilet in the bedroom closet is a first for me and a blunder I still can't believe someone actually did. In any event, I'm sure you get the point that with any remodel, you can always call your trusted realtor to make sure you are not turning your home into something functionally obsolete. The whole idea is to increase property value with every dollar and NOT the opposite. My advice is to ask for and take free advise and avoid any similar errors.