Specialized Buyers Agent Answers Real Estate Questions

Q. Our agent warned us against spending too much time on the internet looking at homes. She wants us to go out and see them. Isn’t that a waste of our time? D. and L. Salus, West Chester

A. I think she should recognize that a majority of potential home buyers now look online for homes, even though many end up buying through an agent. My website has all the multiple listings as do those of most of the area real estate companies, so the old paradigm of the listing company having control of the inventory is gone. People will shop online. I think it is a great way to get a general idea of the types of home and the range of prices in any given area. What people do not realize until they go out is that the photos do not begin to tell the whole story. I have seen countless listings where the shots look great until you get to the house and see they were all taken with a wide angle lens or the house is right next to a factory or the ceilings are so low you can’t stand up.

I had one client whose mother lived in another part of the country who would “google- earth” along Philly streets. Then she would ask me to find out about houses that she liked that weren’t even for sale! Her son made a good income and the houses she was finding were subsidized for low-income buyers. That was a foreign concept to her. She just liked the fact that the house had a garage.

On the flip side, I always tell people you should not eliminate a house that is the style you like in a good location at a reasonable price without going to see it. I have seen some really bad photography where the house was actually lovely.

You might schedule a phone call every few days with your agent to go over the ones where you liked the photos to see if she has any information one way or the other that would be relevant to you. Many agents will already have seen the house at an agent tour or will know the builder’s reputation for quality. Having your own agent is very smart and costs you nothing, so you should take advantage of that resource when making such a large investment.

 

 

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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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