A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 2

Main Line RealtorA lot has happened in the Day in the Life of this Main Line Realtor®. Our young buyers in the multiple offer situation decided they would first put their condo on the market and check the interest before moving forward with offers on any homes. They are qualified by their lender to carry 2 mortgages, but qualification is only the maximum number to bear in mind. Going to the max is what hurt a lot of home buyers during that real estate crash, so even though the lenders are more conservative, buyers are sensitive as well and it is our job to honor that. We are cheering them on as they prepare their condo for the market using a local agent in that neighborhood.

Although this Main Line Realtor® handles listings and could help them sell their home, in this case it made more sense for them to use the agent who had helped them buy it. Most Main Line Realtors® would jump at the chance to do 2 transactions, but we work only for one side of any transaction to avoid conflicts and decline any matters if necessary for the best interest of that client.

Speaking of listings, we just finished a deal for relocating buyers. Got them a wonderful price on a home that had just come back on the market after a buyer pulled out due to inspection issues. Often that is a great time to swoop in and seal a good deal so the sellers are not facing the prospect of another long marketing period. They are tired of showing the house, of hearing what an inspector thinks is wrong with it (often things that never caused them any problems), and of waiting for the buyer to go through the lending process. A quick closing, preferably cash, can be very tempting to a seller-even if the price is lower than what they originally accepted.

Houses for sale on the Main Line are in short supply right now, so my other buyers, who want to stay in one elementary school area, have decided to expand their search to include the other 2 in that school district. That will be easier for them, as they were only finding homes with insurmountable issues like flood plain location, bad stucco or busy roads: all things we recommend against. Showing them houses, though, is difficult, because they both work full time and it is dark so early here now that on weeknights we are unable to see the homes in daylight. This viewing is very important in order to judge the light in the home. We think you should consider the direction the rooms face that will be used the most, as well as how much light gets into the home through trees, porches, overhangs, etc. So this Main Line Realtor® spends a good part of the weekends showing houses during the day!

Spring is just around the corner and this Main Line Realtor® predicts a busy one as sellers finally get those houses ready and on the market. Tune in for the next report to see if we are right!

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I moved to PA from Washington State and learned that realty is local. There were things that I thought I knew about buying a house previously but boy was I wrong. Linda was very patient with me but also did not hold back when she saw potential problems, and always made sure I had all the information I needed before making a decision and didn’t belittle concerns to just get a sale. Above all else, and this was the most important thing to me, Linda has a high ethical standard, is very transparent in her approach and is someone I trusted making one of the biggest decisions of my life. – A. Lindsay (Courtesy of Google)

 

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  • "We were so pleased that a co-worker recommended someone in the area that she trusted. Boy, did we strike gold on all counts. You are amazing!"
  • "Instead of trying to take advantage of conflicts of interest, she puts the client's interests first."
  • "Linda is a hardworking, proactive and knowledgeable realtor. Throughout the process of finding and buying our new home, she was always responsive and kept us up to date on every detail."
  • "Linda and the group at Sage are the right fit. You won’t find more knowledgeable, prepared and professional agents."
  • "Linda and Tracey really know the Main Line area."
  • "Throughout the entire process we never doubted that she always had our best interests in mind. We wouldn’t consider anyone else when buying a home on the Main Line."
  • "From start to finish, Linda brought to bear a most helpful combination of experience, knowledge, attention and integrity on a somewhat complicated transaction. There was never any doubt that she represented our interests."
  • "Her knowledge of the area helped us quickly narrow our search and ultimately scored us an amazing home in an incredible neighborhood."
  • "It is hard to trust when you are not sure of the rules of the game. Working with Linda made us feel like we were family. Linda took her time to relay and explain everything in detail."
  • "Linda’s honesty and real estate savviness made for a wonderful home buying experience!"

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Hear from our Clients

  • "We were so pleased that a co-worker recommended someone in the area that she trusted. Boy, did we strike gold on all counts. You are amazing!"
  • "Instead of trying to take advantage of conflicts of interest, she puts the client's interests first."
  • "Linda is a hardworking, proactive and knowledgeable realtor. Throughout the process of finding and buying our new home, she was always responsive and kept us up to date on every detail."
  • "Linda and the group at Sage are the right fit. You won’t find more knowledgeable, prepared and professional agents."
  • "Linda and Tracey really know the Main Line area."
  • "Throughout the entire process we never doubted that she always had our best interests in mind. We wouldn’t consider anyone else when buying a home on the Main Line."
  • "From start to finish, Linda brought to bear a most helpful combination of experience, knowledge, attention and integrity on a somewhat complicated transaction. There was never any doubt that she represented our interests."
  • "Her knowledge of the area helped us quickly narrow our search and ultimately scored us an amazing home in an incredible neighborhood."
  • "It is hard to trust when you are not sure of the rules of the game. Working with Linda made us feel like we were family. Linda took her time to relay and explain everything in detail."
  • "Linda’s honesty and real estate savviness made for a wonderful home buying experience!"

Read more about what our clients have to say

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