This afternoon I received a call from John Wake over the Arizona Real Estate Notebook. He had spoken to some folks who wanted to look at homes in Sun City, Del Webb’ original retirement community, this afternoon.
Rarely will I make a same day appointment but these folks sounded legit and so I took the chance. They told me what they wanted and I identified a half-dozen houses for them, including a golf-course lot at a reasonable value.
We’ll know tomorrow hot this story turns out. In the interim, though, this is the value an experienced real estate agent can provide. Given a very small window to prepare, I found them two houses which made the short list of possibilities. How? Because I know the area and I know the inventory. And I can read the hints well enough to adjust on the fly.
Working with multiple agents requires each agent to start from square one. And when they do so, so does the buyer. And to what end? For fear of committing to a non-qualified agent, a buyer is willing to add hours to the process. Does that make any sense?
How about this idea? Interview the agents up front. Maybe even take a look at their blog to see what it is they do and what their views on the market may be. Invest a half-hour at the start before you start calling and save hours and dollars on the backside.
Seems like a novel concept for a six-figure purchase, huh?
[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]