Choosing You Lake Charles Realtor

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Many people will work with the first agent they call just to find out later that it wasn’t such a great match. Do your homework ahead of time before listing your Lake Charles Home for Sale or contacting a Lake Charles Real Estate Agent. Consumers have so much information at their fingertips! GOOGLE  Lake Charles Real Estate Agents, You find Marilyn Boudreaux has a Lake Charles real estate presence on   YouTube, Linkedin and Facebook.  Where you see Marilyn pop up on social media websites is where your property will also be seen marketed on the Internet!

What do I do to help market  properties  I have listed?

Listing your Lake Charles Home for Sale is more than just holding Open Houses, creating pretty brochures,  and putting a sign in your yard. One of the most important services Marilyn Boudreaux offers is a lot of pictures  video to share  your listing to major real estate websites where potential buyers can view your home online.  Prospects may never read the description of a house. Home buyers  will scan through the pictures until they find one that captures their interest. That’s why photographing your home will have a impact with buyers!  If the Buyer likes what they see, they will schedule a showing!

Before listing your home    Marilyn Boudreaux will  discuss pricing, the market, and getting your home ready to go on the market.  She will make a checklist of what needs to be done prior to putting your home on the market. This is important to make sure your home makes the best impression and achieves top dollar. Buyers look at homes very different than how homeowners do, they like to view the home as “their own home” turn-key ready to move into.

 

How Do Real Estate Agents Get Paid?

Real estate agents or brokers are paid through the sales commission by the seller when a transaction closes. When you’re ready to sell your Southwest Louisiana residential home or property, you need to ask yourself the following questions:  Do you have the time, energy, sources of information, marketing abilities and contacts to do the job yourself? Do you understand the types of offers Buyers may present in a purchase contract?? Even the Founder of For Sale by Owner recognized the need of a Realtor’s assistance to sell his own home!  According to the National Association of Realtors Sellers  who use the services of a Realtor are 84% more likely to sell their home successfully.

 Why  Social Media  is Important

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Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,  You Tube – these are today’s tools, but who knows what we will discover online tomorrow for communication? Marilyn Boudreaux  is a tech savvy Lake Charles Realtor who  not only knows how to use social media, she has  a strategy for working this media to a Sellers favor. It’s not just about posting a link to data on your home. Knowing how to share what’s catchy about your home with an audience and connections and how to present your property to the masses online will give you the MOST marketing exposure to prospective buyers!  Century 21 has recognized Marilyn for her integration of technology in my real estate business with the Century 21 National Technology Award.

Your home has a story to tell. Understanding  how to write the story that highlights what is special, captures the details, and connects with the hearts of your prospective buyers is the goal!

Buyers are connecting in many different ways so it is important that your listing be available for viewing on social media sites as well as other real estate websites to get in front of as many buyers as possible.

Selecting the right Realtor® when selling your Lake Charles home is important. Buying or selling property is an important decision and choosing the right real estate agent should be the first step.

  • UNDERSTANDING

Being “represented” by a Realtor means that you
have an advocate who is putting themselves in your shoes. A good REALTOR will obtain as much information about your situation as possible so that they can best help you.

Every client has an individual need, Some may need to obtain a comparative market value of their house . Others may be relocating to Southwest Louisiana and need to find a house in the next 30 days. Everyone may have a situation that  is different. If you trust your Realtor’s experience and they truly understand your situation, then you know you are in good hands! A good Realtor will make the home buying and selling process feel easy.

  • PROTECTION:

Your information is confidential. Realtors protect your information and only communicate details to other 3rd parties as you direct them. They will step in anytime there is a problem and resolve it as you advise, protecting you from direct conflict. They will shield you from the internal drama involved with negotiations, inspections, mortgage issues, title issues, and so on. For this reason, some people do not know how well they are being “represented” because it’s all being taken care of for them. Your Realtor will inform you all the details you need to know while , using their experience to gain you the best outcome. They are your personal spokesperson for your negotiations and transaction details.

It’s much easier to make important real estate decisions when you don’t have to deal with the stress and emotion of delivering the information. This is your negotiating leverage when you have a Realtor representing you.

  • KNOWLEDGE

A good Realtor is an experienced professional with many years of insider knowledge. If you have already bought and sold a home before, then you probably learned a lot about the real estate process. Imagine doing that over 50 times every year. Can you image the amount of knowledge you would acquire with each transaction? This is the benefit of having an experienced Realtor. They have insider knowledge from helping hundreds of home buyers and sellers. Ask as many questions as possible and utilize this resource as much as you can. It’s one of the greatest benefits to hiring a good Realtor.  How long someone has been in the real estate business isn’t always the best indicator of competence. The best agents study the market, learn from mistakes, improve systems, implement technology and strive to be at their best.

  • ON YOUR SIDE

Realtors will also prepare you for the different scenarios that you might expect from the other party, based on your requests. As a home buyer, it’s easy to get greedy and want the best price possible, along with other items in the property that belong to the sellers. As a seller, it’s easy to give in and accept the first offer that comes out of pure exhaustion form the home selling process. A good Realtor will keep you grounded and help you understand your true negotiating position. They will help you to predict how the other party will respond to your requests. They will also package and deliver your requests in such a way that will yield the highest likelihood of being accepted. It’s a delicate balance that takes years to perfect. Having the leverage of a good Realtor to mediate your transaction can save you thousands of dollars and some unnecessary lost sleep.

 

ITEMS TO SHARE WITH YOUR AGENT WHEN LISTING YOUR HOME

•1.        Paid tax bill (if you pay your own taxes)
•2.       Survey
•3.       Floor Plan
•4.       Termite treatment warranty
•5.       Home warranty
•6.       Any appliance brochures and warranties
•7        Utility bills
•8        Divorce decree or death certificate if applicable
•9        Name of the mortgage lender, contact information, account number, balance of the loan
•10     Any Homeowner Association or Condo documents
•11     Contact information for the HOA or Condo association
•12     Information about any pending assessments
•13     List of improvements and approximate costs
•14     Set of Keys

Marilyn Boudreaux is a Full Time Licensed REALTOR in the State of Louisiana affiliated with Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.’s. 

Copyright 2014© Marilyn Boudreaux

Marilyn Boudreaux, REALTOR® 337-499-9592

Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.’s

4410 Nelson Road

Lake Charles, LA USA 70605

337 478-1578