A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 7

This is the time of year for more-than-full-time hours for this Main Line Realtor®.  When business is slow, such as Main Line Realtorduring the winter holidays, this Main Line Realtor® complains, but drafting contract addenda at 11 PM on a Sunday is not a bed of roses either!   But it is all good!  Main Line real estate is booming, particularly for sellers, who are receiving multiple offers. We have 2 buyers closing this month who were in multiple offer situations and got the house, which is great, although it does present a challenge as we go through the inspection and final issues when the seller knows they have the leverage of perhaps one of the other offers still being in the wings.

Another set of friends is down-sizing out of state and listing their home with us.  I love helping people I know get to the right place!  These friends, like many, have over 30 years of “stuff” to re-allocate to their new place, a resale outlet, or to the curb. Tough choices.  And the timing has to be perfect with the new home closing preferably after the old one sells, so they will not have to liquidate investments. Like most down-sizers, they prefer to pay cash rather than take on another mortgage.

Timing is the aspect of real estate that should get a whole lot more attention from the agents than it does, in this Main Line Realtor’s® opinion. Most Sellers prefer to get their homes on the market either before or slightly after Memorial Day weekend. We are working hard to help these sellers do just that.  Clean out, clean and fix up, rearrange and stage–in that order. They have just found a house to buy so the pressure is on!

A referral from an old friend has brought me a delightful buyer with her 11-year old daughter.  This situation almost always dictates a restricted location search because of the school choice issue.  The child either already goes to a school and wants to stay there, or is moving to a new school and has friends or some other connection to one or the other. Main Line school bus maps are of paramount importance in this regard because many listings do not state which schools the house is in, or they have it wrong!   And having the child come along to help make the choice of house is so important. Children often have excellent points to make and are helpful in that regard. Plus their opinion is important to all concerned in order for the process to move smoothly and with the happy result we all want.

More buyers are coming in through our website this Spring. In those cases where there is no common denominator of a person referring a buyer to us, we like to establish a high level of trust and rapport during an initial meeting to be sure everyone feels like we will be a good “fit.”  These meetings are fun for us—we get to know all the things the buyer does (or does not) know about the process and what they need or want in a home. Then we can start them off on the right foot by recommending a good lender to speak to about how they will qualify for a loan and what kind of financial obligations they feel comfortable taking on. Contrary to popular belief, a good agent has no interest in having a buyer spend as much as possible on a home. We have all seen the consequences of that.  We are looking for a win-win situation for all of our clients!

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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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