A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor®

Main Line Realtor®Here I am, your Main Line Philadelphia Realtor®. Up early to catch my hard-working clients on their way to work to discuss the offer they have in on a great house. I got them in the car—always seems a bit dangerous to me to talk about something as stressful as buying a house with someone who is driving. But it is better than a text, for sure. Like many of my younger buyers, these busy, tech-savvy young adults connect in short messages with lots of of abbreviations. Not always the best way to go over the fine points of all those Main Line homes for sale, IMHO. Ha ha.

The topic of the day is the timing on the purchase. The sellers want a very delayed closing so they can finish the renovations on their new home. My buyers are concerned about the mortgage rates going up (as well they should be). They have done a good job of contacting 2 lenders to see what their loan options are but neither one will guarantee a rate for more than 60 days. Is there a lender out there that will? We do not know. The lender you know is better than the devil you don’t, I always say. Nothing derails more transactions than lenders who over promise and then cannot deliver the money at the closing.

So we decide to accept the delayed closing with the rate risk in trade for what we think is a slightly below market price. Hard to get a seller to take their bottom line price the first few days they have the house on the market. And this house just came on the market. We wanted to be the first appointment. We have to make the offer palatable. I know this is the house for my buyers, after seeing them discuss and evaluate many Main Line homes for sale over the last few months. And they know it is the right house for them. But so did another set of buyers. So now we are in the dreaded “multiple offer” situation. What’s a Main Line Realtor® to do?

Meanwhile, my email is screaming “IMPORTANT” message received. I really prefer to decide myself what is important, but what can you do? This is from a client who bought a house 3 years ago and is having an issue with the builder. Just to make it clear, the agent is always the one to contact when you have any problem at all with your home or any even remotely “home-like” issue.

After-market service is an important part of being a real estate agent, so I will need to help this client solve his problem.  First I have to locate the file and download all the emails from storage. A Main Line Realtor® also needs to be a tech whiz—not all of them are, that’s for sure! We have to prepare documents for electronic signature after filling out pages and pages on the forms that make up a transaction.  

Well, tune in later to see how this Main Line Realtor® leaped tall buildings with a single bound! For more information regarding real estate and Main Line Realtors, please contact Sage Realty today!

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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."
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  • "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!"

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