Great Ranch Style home offering 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths with new carpeting, open floor plan, finished lower level, 2 car garage, screened porch paved drive, dead end street, and back yard with tons of privacy plus finished basement. Desirable North County location and sought after Bonsack Elementary.
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One of the nice this about Roanoke is that it has rural areas as well as downtown and suburb areas. Believe it or not, selling homes in each of these areas is different. When you market homes that are in a more suburb or city setting, options like open houses and other marketing to generate foot traffic to the home are much more effective.
So how does that work when the property is a lake front property? Or a property that is truly rural. Or how about when the property is in a specific area that is desirable that people are looking for?
For these types of properties, online marketing makes much more of a difference.
Let’s take a look at some examples from a couple of other real estate websites:
Here’s one in Fort McMurray Canada. If you look on this site, you will see that some of the areas are quite rural, but they are searched for, so the REALTOR makes sure that it is easy to find them on their site. You can find all of the different areas around Fort McMurray pretty easily. And you can look by price as well. We do the SAME thing on our site!
Here another one. This shows a desirable neighborhood in Lower Mission Kelowna. The whole idea for them on this page is to market the AREA (even though it is IN the main city (Kelowna) the REALTOR is doing a good job of position their clients listings on a page that gets exposure for people looking SPECIFICALLY for homes in Lower Mission (which is a much sought after area up there.) They are working on getting exposure for this page.
So how do we use that to help you here:
Well, put us to the Google test!
You will find us on virtually every major search term ahead of the other REALTORS you might be considering. Whether you are talking about a rural home near Smith Mountain Lake or often searched for neighborhoods such as Ashley Plantation, Hunting Hills or even the smaller outlying areas such as Salem, Google things that people will search for and we usually are on Page 1. We spend a lot of time and effort to get the exposure for our clients.
Exposure sells homes (assuming they are priced right and in good condition). Simple as that.
People in the process of searching for homes and real estate can be influenced by even minor updates and changes to your home. Sometimes simply looking at the MLS photos online can entice or repel potential buyers. Luckily, there are some tips you can use to help stage your home to sell so it looks appealing both in photos and in person.
While spring time is that time of year when many of us are bothered with our seasonal allergies, you will be comforted to know that Roanoke VA is not on the top 100 list for cities that are challenging for allergies. So, take heart. If you are considering a move to a new home or if you are looking for a luxury home, city for retirement, golf course home, country club home, home for downsizing, corporate transfer, or simply relocating or wanting to move to a new area, please let this REALTOR help you make the move to Roanoke. Come to Roanoke VA and let us help. For more on allergies and cities not to move to, read more here.
When you meet with a REALTOR before listing your home for sale, one thing to ask them about is how much training have they had above and beyond the simple technical requirements to become a REALTOR in the first place. It makes sense, right? If you were interviewing an accountant for example, you would want to make sure that they are up to date on all of the latest tax laws and that they not only continue their education, but stay at the top of their game.
Fact: There are under 75 Realtors with the GRI Designation in Roanoke VA!
That may sound like a lot for Roanoke, but remember that there are over 1100 Realtors in the Roanoke Valley! This means that when you are working with a REALTOR with a GRI Designation, you are getting a top tier REALTOR in terms of education and training.
Virginia GRI Requirements
Graduates of the Realtor Institute hold the GRI Designation. This means that they have gone through technical training and testing that proves that they know their stuff. While the requirements vary from state to state, the Virginia Association of Realtors requires expertise and course work in the following areas:
The coursework required to earn the GRI designation covers four major areas to give you the tools and knowledge you need to provide your clients superior service.
The Sales Process
Laws & Regs: How to stay out of the courtroom
Connecting 2.0: Choosing and leveraging technology
All of these classes need to be completed within 5 years to receive the designation.
We encourage you to ASK us about our training and expertise. We will be glad to show you that we are professionals in the real estate industry and WHY our expertise and training matters. Our experience can save you money, time and help you avoid problems!
Buying a new home can be a great decision. New homes can be customized just for you. They can allow you to create something that matches your vision. And they offer the added advantage of the fact that you are the first person to own them. No surprises, right? Well maybe…and hopefully…but not always.
The idea is correct in principle, but things can and do go wrong. And when you get swept away with visions of granite countertops and the alluring smell of new carpeting, realize that that can also come with a price tag. Your best bet is to START by finding an experience agent to represent you went talking to onsite sale repsresentative that represents the builder. One of the most thorough articles that I have seen on this was written by an agent in Atlanta that has years of experience in the market. His advice was sound.
Having someone represent you in the transaction helps you negotiate a better price. Having someone truly competent represent you can save you significantly.
Are you looking forward to purchasing a new home? If so, please give me a call. I will be happy to send you a list of communities that are current being developed in and around the Roanoke area. I will help you reduce the stress and get a home that truly fits your needs. The process is simple. Let’s get started today.
While the exact number of REALTORS with the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation in the Roanoke Valley varies, once thing is for sure. It is a small subset of the overall numbers of REALTORS. Last I checked only about 4% of REALTORS in the area are CRS qualified.
I am one of that 4%. And the fact that I have gone through extensive training and have to keep up a minimum number of transactions to KEEP the CSR designation means that I have the experience needed to BEST help you with the purchase or sale of your home. Here is a little more about this designation and what it means.
- Between 16 and 48 CRS course credits, depending on your number of transactions and gross sales
- 32 elective credits (none required if you have 150 transactions or average $1 million per year of experience, with a minimum of 40 transactions and have been licensed for a minimum of 10 years)
- Elective credits can also be awarded for other designations and certifications, a bachelor’s degree, and high production volume.
A minimum of 25 transactions, with no time frame, or $8 million with a minimum of 10 transactions within two years
This means that in order for me to keep theletters CRS after my name, I need to continually prove my expertise and stay current with the real estate market. What this also means is that other CSRs from around the country bring their clients to me if they are relocating to the Roanoke Valley. They want their clients to work with a professional who is trained and able to work with their clients.
If you are relocating to the Roanoke Valley, I am happy to put my expertise and experience to work for you. Please give me a call today!
Not all Buyer’s Agents are the same. Some have been through testing and training as Accredited Buyer Representatives that others have not. Out of over 1100 REALTORS in the area, I am one of only 53 that have earned the ABR designation.
Here is a quick video on what this means to you. Check it out. (click on the title).