sacramento buyer’s agent
It wasn’t that long ago, maybe 10 years back, an agent in my office asked why I would work with internet buyers in Sacramento real estate. This was an astounding concept in 2008. That a Sacramento Realtor could be found online by an internet buyer. Most of that search was organic because other agents were not online. They didn’t have websites nor blogs. Today, everybody has a Facebook, Instagram and Twitter account.
Fast forward 10 years later, and I still maintain a higher internet presence. The difference is many buyers today come from the long tail I’ve created online or from websites where buyers go. I stand out in the sea of ordinariness. That’s why internet buyers gravitate toward me. They see value. According to NAR, 66% of first-time home buyers are Millennials. Followed by Generation X at 26%. Buyers value experience.
Helping the seller to pick the best offer is an important part of a listing agent’s job. Sometimes we have only one offer so it’s a no-brainer. Although, I will say we received a full-price offer on another listing recently when the seller snapped, “I’m not taking THAT.” What? Why not? Because the seller expected buyers to fight over her home and to offer more than list price. She just didn’t share those thoughts with me until we received an offer. It was our only offer, too.
When an agent prefaces an email by writing I don’t want to waste anybody’s time, the first thought that pops into my head is then why are you talking to me? Who are you, Al Pacino? If you truly don’t want to waste anybody’s time, it would seem as though you’re about to do that very thing you were hoping to avoid. I suspect what they mean to convey is they are about to say something the recipient does not want to hear.
In part, that’s probably true. Saying I don’t want to waste anybody’s time generally means the agent is probing for some kind of guarantee that the seller will be receptive to a lower offer. Further, it’s not really the seller’s time nor the listing agent’s time the buyer’s agent is worried about. It’s their own time. They don’t want to waste their own precious time.
Every few weeks or so, I run across a Request for Repair from a buyer asking the seller to fund future home improvement projects. This sort of practice is so wild and crazy. It makes me nuts. I can only imagine how the poor buyer’s agent feels when that agent is forced into a corner by the buyer to draw up such an insane document. Well, I can, actually, because I saw one of those documents last week. It was evident to me that the buyer’s agent just threw her hands up in the air and told the buyer to create their own request. Which ended up several pages long. She was obviously at her wit’s end with the buyer.
If you’re thinking about relocating to Sacramento, you’ve definitely come to the right place. As a new buyer to the area, you owe it to yourself to find exclusive representation through a knowledgable agent. It’s a little bit harder than you would think to do it on your own. Further, there is no need to subject yourself to that kind of misery when you can align yourself with an expert for free. The problem is everybody and his uncle claims to be an expert in real estate. So, how can you tell if you’re talking with an agent who will make relocating to Sacramento easy and fun for you?