All the Apps in the World – Cannot Replace A Realtor

We Realtors spend our weekends hosting open houses in order to meet clients.  That’s what Realtors do, we connect people with homes. Funny thing is, everyone walks in holding their smart phone, no need for a flyer, all the info right there on the App.  Great!  So, why am I here again?  Oh yay — because as a professional, full time Realtor – I do much more than an App can.

Finding a home, yup — the Apps makes it easy.  Literally finding the home — directions from the smart home — even easier.  But getting the home?  As a Realtor – that is what I specialize in — negotiations.

Does the App feel your pain, when your offer isn’t accepted?  Does the App know what you’re going through, looking at a ton of homes and getting out bid?  Or as the market is now, seeing a ton of homes and not knowing which one to pursue?  It’s hard when some are selling fast and others are not.  The App doesn’t understand — but we Realtors do.

Sure an app makes forms easy to fill out — but that doesn’t translate into making negotiating a cinch.  Nope, there is so much more than ticking off a box to an offer.  So much behind the paper, so much after the paper — an App can’t walk you through surprises like a Realtor can. 

Does an App know how best to present an offer, what addenda to include, what other supporting documents to send along?  Maybe an App as a few options — but it doesn’t posses the wisdom and know-how that a Realtor has gained with hands on experience.  Does the App bring comparables to meet the appraiser?  Will the App review that appraisal to make sure it is correct, all the rooms and baths are accounted, the size is accurate and the comparables are true?  Does an App do that?  It’s more than cross referencing online stats, it’s walking through a home and knowing it’s vaule.  No, the App doesn’t do that — and neither do the discount brokerages for that matter!  I’ll tell you who reads that appraisal with a fine tooth come – I do, a Realtor and my fellow solid Realtors do too.  The Apps – they don’t do that. 

Will the App hunt the lender down to review that appraisal if there are errors, will the App call out those who need to be accounted for?  Does the App know who to call the title company or explain an inspection — better yet — get the inspector to come out and explain it directly to you?  Does the App haggle the home warranty company when they don’t do their job?  No, the App doesn’t — but I do.

Will the App find a roofer, well guy,  HVAC or plumber at a moments noticed because a red flag popped dup.  Will the App even know a red flag when it sees it?  Does an App even have eyes? Lol  Does the App have a dozen stagers, inspectors, and tradesmen they can rely on?  Because we Realtors do!  Does an App make specific recommendations tailored to your homes and needs?  We Realtors do.  The Caton Team will sit down with our clients and explain each process in detail because we’re more than an App, we’re people just like you.   

We’ve answered all the questions over the years…what is the escrow process, what are the steps to staying ‘in contract,’ what’s the market like today?  We’ll create and review an accurate market valuation with you and not just regurgitate online assumptions.  As Realtors, we’ll describe your specific contractual obligations, we’ll review contracts and deeds, encumbrances, surveys, clouded title, lot lines, septic systems, shared wells, deed restrictions, local ordinances, and… the list goes on and on.   As Realtors, such as The Caton Team – we will sit down with you, our client and discuss with honesty your needs and the best course of action. 

Because as Realtors we know how much money should be put into a home before it’s sale and keep that bottom line.  We’ll guide our sellers on what repairs they should or shouldn’t invest in.  We Realtors know what to put in and where, maybe it’s landscaping or carpet and paint — each house and each client is different.  We know what it takes.  We’re more than an app.  We’re The Caton Team and as full time, local Realtors we’ll even tell you no — now is not the time to buy or sell because… will an App do that?

Don’t get me wrong – I love technology and The Caton Team utilizes all we can.  But there is now substitute to looking at another person and knowing that they care and are looking after you during the highest financial decision you can make — investing in Real Estate.  The App can’t do that — but The Caton Team can.  Wouldn’t you like to work with someone who cares about you?  We’re more than an App – we’re The Caton Team – contact us for your Real Estate needs. 

– THANK YOU FOR READING – if you got this far let me know who you are – I’ll toss your name in our raffel!

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We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

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There are a Hundred Different Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Realtor, but there is Only One Reason Why You Do.

The internet revolutionized many different business while the iPhone was a total game changer in Real Estate.  Mobile Real Estate apps changed how buyers and seller behaved.  Tech opened the door to more information and made it readably available with the greatest of ease. 

There are a hundred different reasons why you don’t need a Realtor, but there is only one reason why you do – Realtors know how to negotiate Real Estate.

The Caton Team Realtors prides ourselves on how we negotiate Real Estate.  We do so with the highest level of care and consideration.  We believe, buying and selling Real Estate is a meeting of the minds, not a twisting of the arm. 

If you’re a looking to buy your own home or invest – you need a Realtor to help you craft the best offer, to walk you through – not only the disclosures – but through the property with the inspectors.  It is important to The Caton Team that our clients understand what they are undertaking. 

If you are selling your home, you need a Realtor who will take that same level of care in preparing the disclosures for your home while meeting with the inspectors, tradesmen and stagers in order to present your home in the best light for optimum results.  We make it easy to work with us – so it’s easy on you.

Whether buying or selling you need a Realtor who will negotiate on your behalf, with your goals and budget inline.  Instead of telling you all what we can do – we’d rather sit down with you face to face and discuss your goals, wants and needs. 

Each client has a unique situation and budget – The Caton Team believes with an open line of communication – we can handle anything. Wouldn’t you want to work with a Realtor team, with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate Experience?  Because we would love to earn your trust and your business.

The Caton Team believes in order to be successful in the Bay Area Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you? 

The next time you’re standing outside of a house you want or sitting at your dining room decided if you should sell now or not – reach out to The Caton Team – a trusted Real Estate team who has lived and worked through various different markets and are able to help you make the best decision for yourself and your family.  

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

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Why it is still relevant to work with a Realtor…

Of course this article peaked my interest.  My daily job function has changed with the increased use of the internet to find homes.  But getting the home – well that’s where The Caton Team Realtors comes in.   It’s the local knowledge and experiance that makes an agent an amazing Realtor.  We have sold hundreds of homes in our career – have you?  Please enjoy this article I read on Inman News.  

 

The advent of technology has called into question the need for real estate agents. Not unlike the once-prominent travel agency, online portals are attempting to relegate real estate agents to a thing of the past.

However, I am here to tell you that real estate agents are more necessary today than they have ever been.

Our reliance on technology has made many complacent; they think finding their dream home is as simple as using the internet.

Every real estate transaction, whether you are buying or selling, is wrought with potential for setback. However, real estate agents are the best way to mitigate any complications that might arise over the course of a deal; their services are more valuable than many give them credit for.

At the very least, a great real estate agent will see to it that deals are carried off without a hitch, but they are capable of offering even more for these four reasons.

  1. Selling is more complicated than many anticipate

Outside of the most accomplished real estate investors and those who have been fortunate enough to live the American dream, it’s safe to assume that selling a house is one of the largest financial obligations many will be confronted with.

The size of the transaction alone is enough to warrant some trepidation, and at the very least, some second guessing. It’s only natural to question such a momentous occasion; it’s a safety measure of sorts.

David Reiss, a law professor at Brooklyn Law School, acknowledges that even the average real estate transaction is financially momentous and complex — the most complex transaction people do in their life.

People have a tendency to fear that which they don’t understand, and few are well-versed in the selling process, which would explain why homeowners covet the assistance of a professional real estate agent.

“People like having an expert when dealing with large, complicated transactions,” founder of Vespula Capital, Jeff Tomasul said. Vespula Capital is an investment management company based in Greenwich, Connecticut. “Why do people still have financial advisers? They want someone who does it full-time to make sure they are not doing anything wrong.”

Today’s sellers appreciate the peace of mind a well-equipped real estate agent can offer and are more than willing to spend a little extra for someone else to dot all of the i’s and cross all of the t’s. With so much on the line, it only makes sense that such a complicated matter is spearheaded by someone with a sufficient knowledge of the process.

  1. Buying isn’t easier without an agent

Not unlike selling, the prospect of acquiring a home has become synonymous with an overwhelmingly complicated process. Those who have yet to purchase their first home are most likely unaware of just how much work will ensue.

Even those who have purchased a house before are probably less familiar with the process than they would expect. There are simply too many steps to account for, each of which must be carried out in a specific manner. It’s not a coincidence that real estate agents are still a hot commodity, despite the encroachment of online portals.

Buying a house is one of the largest financial commitments a person will make in a lifetime, and those committing to purchase will appreciate the eye of a trained professional.

“They can hold your hand through the process,” Reiss explained. “They might say, ‘This lender takes a long time, so put in your contract immediately, and sign this and that paper, and get all this stuff ready before you’re walking over hot coals with the lender for money.’”

Most millennial buyers, for that matter, don’t need an agent to find them the right property; they do all the research ahead of time online.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for first-time buyers to provide their agents with a list of homes they want to see.

In today’s market, agents’ value is not necessarily determined by their ability to show properties, but rather their ability to confirm or deny that respective buyers are following the right steps.

  1. Agents are in touch with the local market and its players

It’s far too easy to relegate real estate agents to the ubiquitous home search; it is, after all, what they are best known for.

However, truly great real estate agents won’t allow themselves to be defined by one single parameter. The more diversified their talents are, the more they will be able to help others and their bottom line.

There is one asset the best real estate agents covet more than anything else: market knowledgeA proper education pertaining to a particular region has the power to open up more doors than any other tool or characteristic.

As it turns out, that knowledge benefits their clients tenfold. You could very easily argue that real estate agents’ knowledge alone is enough to make them invaluable.

I can say with confidence that the best agents come complete with an inherent ability to understand a local market and its respective players. That means they have a good idea of how the local market will look in a day, a month and even a year down the road.

“The agent knows the market intimately, even more than a pretty informed resident,” Reiss said. And all that knowledge saves time.

“Tracking sales, knowing listings, spending a lot of shoe leather on houses already for sale — right off the bat, they know more than the ordinary Joe and Jane. They understand condo boards and title companies. As a player in the game, they know what the other players are looking for and how to deliver.”

No matter how capable you are at searching for properties, or even buying and selling them, it is nearly impossible to replicate the aptitude for market knowledge great real estate agents demonstrate.

  1. The best agents are worth their weight in gold

At the risk of sounding redundant, there is a reason the best real estate agents are still highly sought after. In a world where home searches are just a click away, agents have found ways to diversify their talents and remain extremely relevant.

No longer are real estate agents simply a vehicle to buy and sell homes; they facilitate an overly complicated process.

Having invested in real estate for more than a decade, I am more than capable of acquiring and selling properties.

However, the expertise a good real estate agent brings to the table is more than worth the cost of doing business.

The average commission real estate agents receive upon completing a transaction is nothing to scoff at; expensive sales can result in some lucrative paydays.

However, the price tag is well worth it when you consider how much time and money they will save you.

There is no reason to suspect the money you expend on hiring a real estate agent won’t be returned with expertise; an agent’s knowledge alone could save you thousands of dollars upfront.

I like to think of a good real estate agent as a secure investment; there is a good chance he or she will save you more money than you end up paying for the services.

The advent of technology has certainly made it easier for the average person to commence a home search or even sell property for that matter.

It’s entirely possible to browse hundreds of listings in a given area with the click of a single button. What else could you possibly need?

The answer is simple: the human touch. Online valuation sites are a great place to start your home search, but they will never be able to replicate the value a truly gifted real estate agent can bring to the table.

Key Takeaways

  • It only makes sense that something as complicated as a real estate transaction is spearheaded by someone with sufficient knowledge of the process.
  • Agents’ value is not necessarily determined by their ability to show properties, but rather their ability to confirm or deny that respective buyers are following the right steps.
  • Truly great real estate agents will not allow themselves to be defined by one single parameter.
  • A good real estate agent is a secure investment; there is a good chance he or she will save you more money than you end up paying.

Well I couldn’t agree more.  It is not my time or my car that matters – it is my experience and knowledge of the local real estate market that sets The Caton Team above the rest.  How can The Caton Team help you?

 

 

I read this article at: from Inman News

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