Buyers and Sellers Talking

As an agent, part of my job is to be an intermediary. My client communicates through me, I then relay a message to the other agent involved and they then communicate that information to their client. Buyers and sellers typically don’t talk to each other directly and, honestly, I prefer it that way. But how would a buyer and seller communicate directly if there are agents involved? And what can go wrong if they do

Using Assessor Data to Bid

Buyers in search of a bargain can be resourceful in finding support for a low bid. Zillow is the most common “proof” offered as justification for a lowball offer since Zestimates almost always err on the low side (which makes sense considering their business model). But every now and then someone tries to argue that a property’s taxable value is an important data point. Towns in Greater Hartford set taxable values once every five years

How Much is the Other Offer?

The past few weeks have been busy. More multiple offer deals. So far this year I’ve sold 13 houses. Of those transactions, 9 of them have been multiple offer situations. In some cases I represented the sellers. In others, the buyers. The houses have been priced anywhere from the mid-$200Ks to the mid-$500Ks. Whenever I let my buyer clients know that another offer has been submitted on the property that they’re interested in, the first

Negotiation Personalities in Real Estate

As a real estate agent, one of my responsibilities is to assist both buyers and sellers with negotiations. This is usually one of my favorite parts of the job because it entails doing research, providing advice, and formulating positions and strategies for my clients. Then I have conversations with the other party’s agent to see if we can get the buyer and seller to come together. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Because real estate