Navigate a complicated process. Buying or selling a home usually requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multipage settlement statements. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes.
Information and opinions. REALTORS® can provide local community information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They’ll also be able to provide objective information about each property. A professional will be able to help you answer these two important questions: Will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment? Second, will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?
Help finding the best property out there. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your REALTOR® to find all available properties.
Negotiating skills. There are many negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession, and inclusion or exclusion of repairs, furnishings, or equipment. In addition, the purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your agent can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.
Someone who speaks the language. If you don’t know a CMA from a PUD, you can understand why it’s important to work with a professional who is immersed in the industry and knows the real estate language.
Experience. Most people buy and sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. Even if you have done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS®, on the other hand, handle hundreds of real estate transactions over the course of their career. Having an expert on your side is critical.
Objective voice. A home often symbolizes family, rest, and security — it’s not just four walls and a roof. Because of this, homebuying and selling can be an emotional undertaking. And for most people, a home is the biggest purchase they’ll every make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on both the emotional and financial issues most important to you.
What to Look for in a REALTOR®?
Experience and Expertise. As a full-time agent for over 20 years and Managing Broker/Owner for over 15 years, David has unparalleled knowledge of the Steamboat Springs area and of the real estate industry.
Education. As Employing/Managing Broker for the firm, one of David’s highest priorities is to stay on the cutting edge of real estate and to have a firm knowledge of what is happening in the industry. Every year, David attends conferences, lectures, workshops, and continuing education classes in order to ensure that he is well-versed in all aspects of real estate negotiation and sales.
Availability and Commitment. David is available 7 days a week for his clients. He is committed to giving his clients the highest level of service, and returning calls promptly. You will always communicate with David and you won’t be “handed off” to an assistant or transaction manager.
Rapport. David will take the time to listen to your goals and clarify your needs. He will make every effort to understand your unique situation, and he is genuinely invested in the outcome of the process. He wants this to be a positive, stress-free and rewarding process for you. Many of David’s clients become personal friends, due to the fact that he is invested in the success of his clients reaching their personal goals.