10 Reasons Why Garthwick Homesellers Hire A Realtor

There are many good reasons why homesellers throughout Portland’s Garthwick neighborhood hire a Realtor, including the handful who first try the ‘for sale by owner’ or ‘FSBO’ route. Here are ten of the most common reasons why Garthwick homesellers hire a Realtor to get the job done right. 

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Selling Your Own Garthwick Home? Prepare to Wear Many Hats.

1. Selling Your Home ‘By Owner’ Means Taking on a Second Job.
Most Garthwick homesellers are busy. So before attempting to sell property on your own, first ask yourself if you’re prepared to wear some extra hats. That’s because in addition to (1). preparing your property for market and (2). finding a replacement dwelling, along with (3). the task of actually moving, selling your home involves (4). abundant planning, (5). serious paperwork, (6). negotiation skills, (7). accurate scheduling, (8). diligent research, (9). considerable legwork (if done right) and (10). a lot of just plain toil. Garthwick

2. Legalese, Sometimes with Different Rules for Each County and/or Municipality.
Realtors use continually-updated forms written by experienced real estate attorneys designed specifically for regional transactions, with clarity and simplicity in mind. Such documents include important protections for both buyer and seller. While no document is perfect, Realtor forms include key clauses, like for home inspections and appraisals, along with arbitration/mediation mechanisms. These time-tested documents help prevent potential issues, while at the same time deterring ‘nuisance’ litigation.

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3. More Accurate Pricing When Buying & Selling.
These days the average Garthwick resident doesn’t move often. So as with any activity, it’s easy to get rusty. Realtors are in the real estate market all day, every day. This means an experienced real estate agent can provide significant market awareness to help you price what’s likely to be your single largest investment.

Armed with access to multiple listing, sales and tax data, Realtors provide significant pricing experience and real life insights, whether you want to know what the property you’re selling is worth, or once you sell, how much to offer on the home you’re buying.

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We all deal with subjectivity from time to time. Does your home smell? Perhaps you’ve gotten used to having multiple pets in your small home, don’t notice the mold growing in your bathroom, or haven’t realized how gloomy your living room appears. One role of a Realtor is to be helpfully honest. That means being truthful if there’s something you as a seller don’t see (or smell). 

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Most Homesellers Don’t Want A Rapidly Exiting ‘Conga Line’ of Mum Buyers

Far better to be forewarned and forearmed by your Realtor, than witness a rapidly exiting conga line of mum homebuyers who don’t want to offend you. Or perhaps you don’t think disclosing settling water in your basement each Winter is a big deal. The reality is that disclosing such a potentially material fact is something dutiful agents will advise in order to keep you out of much hotter water after the sale. 

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5. Junk the Junk.
Have you ever studied a real estate earnest money agreement (also called an EMA or purchase agreement), or seller’s ‘net sheet?’ Over the course of a transaction, it’s easy to accumulate an abundance of ‘junk’ fees. Sometimes seller-paid closing costs are necessary to make a transaction work. However, paying for a buyer’s home warranty is typically more of a buyer ‘want’ than a ‘need.’ Count on your Realtor to go over such factors with you for a ‘heads up’ of what to expect. An experienced agent knows what’s usually ‘routine’ and what’s not.

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6. Marketing.
Even if a Garthwick homeseller has a sense of what his or her home is worth, effectively reaching the the widest number of buyers increases your opportunity to find more motivated and qualified buyers, even creating a ‘bidding war.’ The simple act of listing your home with a Realtor means your property is immediately promoted on a host of proven, effective home marketing venues. But it doesn’t stop there. Successful Realtors use many different tools to reach buyers for your specific property.

Connecting your property with the right buyer can mean the difference between a fast close at full price (or higher), compared to a continuous stream of ‘sale-fails’ where your property is needlessly taken off the market by buyers who were marginally qualified. 

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Calm Seas Never Made a Good Captain…or Realtor.

7. Experience.
There is simply no substitute for ‘hands on’ real estate experience. If your Garthwick home hasn’t sold, at what point should you consider a price adjustment? How much of a price adjustment is necessary? Is there something other than price causing my property not to sell? These are not new questions to an experienced agent, who can help address these and other important questions.

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When it Matters, Experience is Good to Have on Your Side.

It’s comforting in especially difficult situations to rely on an experienced Realtor, who is the duly able real estate ‘captain’ of your transaction. Most people prefer an experienced surgeon or pilot, so it’s understandable to want experienced representation with the important task of selling your home. It’s also helpful to know that a professional real estate agent makes the entire home selling process appear easier than it is.

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Most people are nervous and ‘en garde’ when buying or selling a home.

8. Negotiation Skills.
If you’re like most people, you dread negotiating when buying a car. Consider how much higher the stakes are with your home sale. You want an experienced hand on your side. 
While real estate transactions are optimally a ‘win-win’ situation, it’s realistic to expect some friction. If you haven’t considered homeselling as a kind of ‘war,’ check out this unique perspective on the ‘battle’ of selling your home. 

The best way to navigate through a potentially difficult transaction on your Garthwick home is to be represented by someone who has been over the road before. So whether you’re in negotiations with a ‘bargain hunting’ buyer, experience an unpleasant ‘surprise’ in a home inspection, or a seriously low appraisal, each unique situation presents an opportunity for difficulty and reaching common ground. Your Realtor can assist in ‘end gaming’ your best strategies and in dealing with a wide variety of buyer personalities.

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Having a Realtor ‘Buffer’ Between Buyer & Seller Can Avoid Headaches

9. The ‘Buffer Effect.’
Having an agent represent you makes it easier to maintain civility between ‘warring’ parties.  If you don’t consider homeselling as a battle, then see our prior article and podcast titled ‘The Art of War for Homesellers.’ Ever say something you regret? An experienced Realtor can often use more constructive language to accomplish what can sometimes be perceived as an emotional and/or provocative comment.

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Hiring A Realtor Makes Sellers More Money: Click above image to enlarge

10. More Money.
National Association of Realtor statistics reveal that homesellers who use a Realtor actually net considerably more at closing than those who don’t, even after taking into account paying a commission. Consider that when banks (which are renowned for watching the ‘bottom line’) sell their foreclosed homes, they hire an expert, a Realtor. From a financial standpoint, it really does ‘pencil out’ to hire a Realtor. 

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Thinking about selling your Garthwick home? Contact our sponsor, Certified Realty using the form below for a free consultation. They’ve been selling Garthwick area homes since 1950.

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Portland’s ‘Perfect Storm’

Recent housing data from the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) shows Portland home prices continue to strengthen.

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This ramp up in home values is due in part to a decrease in available properties for sale. 

PortlandMetroArea-page-001While a ‘normal’ housing market usually has 3 to 6 months of home supply, we’re now at only 1.2 months of inventory…and falling.

A Seller’s Market
With increased demand and dwindling supply, what’s happening in Portland real estate right now could be called a seller’s ‘perfect storm.’ 

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A ‘Perfect Storm’ Is Not The Norm

That’s because we’re witnessing a combination of attractive interest rates and very low home inventory, which continue to fuel a rise in prices.

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A Portland Real Estate Cocktail In One Word: Hot 

Even with growing home prices, current low interest rates help serve up a palatable real estate cocktail that could help buyers to afford their purchase…if they can just find a home. 

The Rest of the Story
As you might guess, individual Portland neighborhoods can vary significantly on selling price, buyer demand and other key factors, like how long it takes for a house to sell.
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Click here or on the above image to see the latest Portland area real estate figures. Make sure to check out page 2 for interesting stats on your nearby town or neighborhood. 

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Thinking about selling your Portland area home? It’s a wise move to sell in a seller’s market. Contact our sponsor, Certified Realty, for a free consultation of what your property could sell for in today’s market by using the convenient form below. 

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Garthwick 2015 Home Sales

A handful of nice Garthwick home sales occurred in 2015. Here’s a brief recap:

  1. 625 SE Manchester Place, Garthwick $785,000
  2. 1830 SE Saint Andrews Drive, Garthwick $850,000
  3. 621 SE Manchester Place, Garthwick $859,000
  4. 1851 SE Exeter Drive, Garthwick $1,040,000

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    This Garthwick Home at 1851 SE Exeter Drive Sold for $1,040,000

    Is this the year you’ll be selling your Garthwick property? Contact Roy with Certified Realty at 971-258-4822. Founded in 1950, Certified Realty remains family owned and specializes in Garthwick real estate.

 

Recent Garthwick Home Sale

The latest Garthwick home sale of record is a $1,040,000 purchase of the home located at 1851 SE Exeter Drive.

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    This Attractive Garthwick Home Located at 1851 SE Exeter Drive Recently Sold for $1,040,000

County records show this charming 1925 era home as featuring 4,200+ square feet of living space, with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, all on a nearly half-acre lot.

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              This Recently-Sold Garthwick Home Also Includes a Detached, Single Car Garage

Thinking about selling your Garthwick home? Contact your Garthwick connection since 1950, Certified Realty using the convenient contact form below.

Website Keeps Garthwick Residents Safer

Few things are as important to Garthwick residents as personal safety. So wouldn’t it be neat if you could type in a local address to determine crime statistics and also find out if a sex offender lives nearby, for free?

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You too can combat crime!

Well believe it or not, there is such a website and it’s called PortlandMaps.com.

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The information you’ll find at PortlandMaps.com is not limited to Portland, but includes much of the greater Portland Metro area.

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Most Garthwick Residents Would Want To Know If Any Of These Jokers Lived Nearby

Along with local crime information, there’s much more that the website PortlandMaps.com offers. This includes maps (of course), plus transportation information, along with environmental reports and utility projects. 

Here’s a list of some information PortlandMaps.com provides within the Portland Metro area:

  • Assessor/Tax Lot Information
  • Aerial Photography
  • Building Footprints
  • Building Permits
  • Census
  • Crime Data
  • Elevation
  • Parks
  • Mass Transit
  • Natural Hazard
  • Schools
  • Urban Growth Boundary
  • Underground Storage Tanks
  • Water/Sewer
  • Zip Code
  • Zoning Maps

Can’t wait to get started? Then click here!