As a 17 year veteran of this industry, I have seen my fair share of ups and downs. This market is easily as frustrating as 2008, just in a very different way. And it has changed EVERYTHING about how listing agents do business!
As a listing agent in this market, there are some things I really want buyers to know!
1) I am no longer holding open houses trying to meet you. Typically if I am holding an open house, it is to funnel the traffic in a home into a reasonable timeframe. My sellers would rather be able to limit showings to a certain window than have 16 hours of showings in a day.
2) If you call my sign, expect to hear that the home is under contract.
3) If you happen to catch the home on the first day and want to make an offer, I absolutely want to know that you already have a Realtor that you are working with. By the time my listing is on the market, it is already too late for you to contact a lender and get a pre-approval letter.
4) The name of the game today is preparedness! Make sure you have a pre-approval (not just a pre-qualification.) I need to know that the lender has pulled your credit and reviewed your assets.
5) Make sure that your agent is experienced! This one is KEY! If I am receiving 15 offers on a property, one of the first disqualifiers for your offer is whether or not your agent has submitted a poorly written contract. If it is clear that they do not understand the contract, then they don't understand the process or the market. And in THIS market, there are no second chances! This is not the market to "help out a friend who just got their license".
I know this market is EXTEREMLY tough on buyers, and agents don't like it either. However, we are all in this together and this too shall pass! In the meantime, make sure that you are dealing with an experienced agent and getting the best advice possible!
Author:Lesley Vitel Phone: 904-534-8052 Dated: April 6th 2021 Views: 547 About Lesley: I grew up in Plano, Texas. Got my degree in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M and spent 10 years ...
I grew up in Plano, Texas and earned my degree in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M and spent 10 years in Houston as a control systems engineer and later an SAP consultant. So, I speak “nerd” fluently! This is where my love of information came from and being data driven.
However, I also grew up with a mother who was a realtor in Dallas. Helping with open houses, floor duty and managing transactions as a teenager. All before cell phones and fax machines were in vogue! It was inevitable that eventually I would end up in Real Estate. It was my second passion! So, in 2004 I moved to the Jacksonville area and in 2005 I partnered with my mother in real estate until her passing in 2017. I was lucky enough to grow up in this business and learn from the best! (the joke in our office was often that Mom had invented real estate!)
My background managing t he chaos of a fast-paced tech world and then the larger than life personality of a true real estate DIVA prepared me to run my business on my own terms, the way I always wanted to. My customers are my highest priority! Everything I do is to make sure I am providing them with the highest level of customer service and expertise. I am constantly working on improving my knowledge and processes in order to capitalize on the market of the minute.
I have seen and done it all. The good (helping customers create equity in their homes and their lives to achieve long-term goals), the bad and the ugly (selling short sales in a down market and representing banks to help sell off their foreclosure inventory).
My passion is helping families reach their goals through real estate and I am happy to put that expertise to work for you and your family.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022Jacksonville. St. Augustine Area of Florida
"Lynn and Lesley are the team you want. Their professionalism and expertise are second to none. Ok so now that I have said what every testimonial says, here is the more heartfelt version. They are amazing. This is a difficult market that changes from month to month if not more often. In the last year, the rules and complexities of buying and selling have changed repeatedly. This is not the market of your mother and father. Fannie Mae/Freddie Mack REO’s and short sales now dominate the market. It is no easy task to keep up. Who own the house in the case of a short sale? Do you know how long a short sale takes? Do you know if you need a refrigerator to close an FHA loan? You would be foolish to attempt to buy a short sale or foreclosure property without Lynn and Lesley’s knowledge of the market. And by the way, buying new construction is no less complicated. As with so many things in life, being a good agent is an art form. Some people ‘get it’ and others don’t. Buyer’s remorse is the last thing you want. They will listen to you even when you don’t know what you are saying. Their ability to get the job is unparalleled. So what are you waiting for, your new home isn’t. Call them!"