How long have you been in residential real estate? Is it your full-time job?
Like most professions, experience is no guarantee of skill. But much of real estate is learned on the job.
Do you have any designations or certifications?
Real estate professionals have to take additional specialized training in order to obtain these distinctions. Designations and certifications help define the special skills that an agent can apply to your particular real estate needs. One designation buyers should look for is the ABR®, or Accredited Buyer’s Representative.
What’s your business philosophy?
While there’s no right answer to this question, the response will help you assess what’s important to the agent and determine how closely the agent’s goals and business emphasis mesh with your own.
How many buyers did you and your real estate brokerage represent last year?
This will tell you how much experience they have and how up-to-date they are on the local market.
What’s the average variation between your initial offers and final sales price?
This is one indication of a REALTOR®’s pricing and negotiating skills.
Will you represent me exclusively, or might you choose to represent the seller as well?
While it’s usually legal to represent both parties in a transaction, your REALTOR® should be able to explain his or her philosophy on client obligations and agency relationships.
Can you recommend service providers who can help me obtain a mortgage, make home repairs, and so on?
Practitioners should be able to recommend more than one provider and let you know if they have any special relationship with any of the providers.
How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction?
The best answer here is a question. A real estate agent who pays close attention to the way you prefer to communicate and responds accordingly will make for the smoothest transaction.
Could you please give me the contact information of your three most recent clients?
Ask their former customers if they would use the agent again in the future.
Reprinted from REALTOR Magazine
5302 Breakers Way, Carmel, IN 46033
Great opportunity to own a 4 bedroom with finished basement in popular Plum Creek neighborhood. Laminate wood flooring in entry, family room, kitchen and nook. Office/playroom off family room. Kitchen boasts granite counters, glass tile backsplash, stainless appliances. Master suite offers custom tiled shower with body jets, garden tub, double vanity and large walk-in closet with laminate wood floors. Full finished basement great for rec space/theater and wired for surround sound. Full fence, beautiful backyard with mature trees and deck. Newer HVAC (2015) and water heater (2014). Home warranty.
Thanks to George and Joycelynn for letting us help them get their Carmel house sold. It was a pleasure working with you to get it done!
F.C. Tucker reports growth in housing sales as prices maintain upward momentum
INDIANAPOLIS – Monthly real estate stats from F.C. Tucker Company indicate that the housing market is on the rise once again. May 2018 pended sales increased 7.6 percent compared to May 2017 while the average year-to-date sales price for the 15-county Central Indiana region increased 8.8 percent to $209,049.
As the number of houses for sale continue to decline, homebuyers purchase available homes rapidly; 4,072 Central Indiana homes were purchased in May 2018, an increase from 3,785 sold in May 2017. Specifically:
Homes continued to sell faster and for more money in May, signaling that it’s still a strong seller’s market.
Listings continue to drop, reaching a 14.5 percent decrease this month. In May 2018, inventory stood at 5,238 homes, a decrease of 888 compared to May 2017.
"Fewer active listings does translate to higher prices, however Central Indiana still offers homes at every price point. That's always been one of our market's strengths," said Jim Litten, CEO of F.C. Tucker Company. "As we head into late summer and fall, we'd love to see more homes for sales to balance out the market."
Of the pended home sales in the region last month, one was priced $2,000,000 or higher; 16 were priced $1,000,000 to $1,999,999; 198 were priced $500,000 to $999,999; 683 were priced $300,000 to $499,999; 877 were priced $200,000 to $299,999; 1,722 were priced $100,000 to $199,999; and 575 were priced at $99,999 or less.
With approximately $3.7 billion in annual sales, F.C. Tucker Company is Indiana’s largest independently owned comprehensive real estate firm with more than 40 offices and more than 1,500 sales associates throughout Indiana and select markets in Kentucky. Less than one percent of all real estate firms have the longevity of F.C. Tucker. Founded in 1918, the company’s family of businesses includes a full range of real estate services—mortgages, title insurance, relocation services, a full line of insurance products, auctioning and homeowner warranty products. F.C. Tucker has earned a reputation for its exceptional service, experienced sales associates and “Golden Rule” commitment to its clients and employees.
Two more homes sold for Keri! Congrats Ashli and Steve! It was a pleasure representing you as buyers and as sellers
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Keri is on a roll! 2 more closings!
Congrats to Gretchen on the purchase of her Greenwood home and Doug and Karen on the buying a home in Fishers.