Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Know Your Realtor
What Others Are Saying About Jarod
Real estate transactions are a big deal. As such, the person you choose to represent you during such an important time should be someone you trust every step of the way. A simple Google search of real estate agents in the Nashville, Tenn., area will return a mind-boggling list of very qualified people to choose from. You need to know what’s important to you, and you need to know what sets agents apart so you can find the best one to walk alongside you.
Since it would be awkward for Jarod to talk about himself, he reached out to me, a guest blogger, to compile some things that make Jarod a great choice for your home-buying and selling needs.
I reached out to a few of Jarod’s clients, and this is what they had to say:
“As a third-generation agent, Jarod knows the importance of personalized service in a world that is becoming increasingly impersonal. Jarod has been our agent for eight years, and we’ve used him three times for buying, selling, and renting. Each time he treated us as if we were his only clients, because he goes above and beyond what he commits to do. He is a man of integrity and character and I could not recommend a better agent to use.”
Tony and Stacey
“Jarod was so helpful and available throughout our selling and buying process. He always responded quickly when we needed him. He had great staging suggestions that really paid off when we listed our home on the market. Also, because he's from the Brentwood, Tenn., area, he knew exactly where to find us the perfect home, and he had relationships with reliable and cost-effective handymen who helped us prepare our house for selling and to get our new one ready when we moved in. We were very pleased with the entire process.”
Brock and Allison
“Working with Jarod saved the sale of our house. He was an advocate for us in ways that if we had chosen to try to sell this home on our own, we would have lost the sale. He negotiated a tough transaction regarding the buyer’s nontraditional lender, a tricky inspection report, and repairs. He also stepped in the gap and represented us well when the buyer’s agent made a mistake in their own contract that could have cost us extra time and money.”
David and Stephanie
Don’t leave the decision of choosing an agent up to chance! Find out what others are saying. In the Nashville area, those who know Jarod will tell you that he is someone you can trust. He is someone who takes industry relationships seriously. He loves and invests in his community in Middle Tennessee, and he will be there to invest his time in you and your real estate needs! Give him a call today!
Posted on 04/29/2014 11:52 PM by Guest Blogger
Thursday, 17 April 2014
How Agents Work the Market
Many times when people want me to help them sell their home, they want to know specifically what I will do to “market” their home to potential buyers. They’ve seen instances where someone was able to sell their home with a “for sale by owner” sign in the yard, or where someone sold their home on Facebook, so they’re basically asking me what the advantages are of having a Realtor. Although those kind of sales do take place, unless you live in a high-traffic area or one of your 500 Facebook friends just happens to want your house, it’s really harder than it looks to do it on your own. (See For Sale by Owner Vs. a Real Estate Agent.)
Their question is a valid one, so let me give you some insight into what I can do as a real estate agent to make your home more marketable in Nashville, Tennessee, real estate.
Within 24-72 hours of me listing your home, you will get an MLS (multiple listing service) number, and I will personally make sure that your listing appears on as many real estate Web sites as possible. Buyers are more self-starters these days thanks to the Internet, so they are looking at homes before they enlist an agent to help them buy. Your home needs to be popping up in as many places as possible for this reason.
Before people see your house in person, they’ve already viewed it half a dozen times online. Because those first-impression Web viewings are so important, each of my clients will have a video tour of their home, a personal URL Web address of the listing, and beautiful photography shots that will draw people in. Images are important! (Read A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words ... Or Dollars!)
“Secret” Realtor Network:
One of the biggest advantages to having a Realtor list your home is that I have access to a network that the public cannot see—one that is full of other Realtors who are looking for specific home specs for their clients. As soon as I list a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home in one of their client’s desired locations, they’re immediately showing it to them online and booking a showing.
Before you call me outdated in this approach, it has been proven that the older generation still reads it, and out-of-towners still pick them up to read more about the community when they are looking to move.
I’d love to list your house and get it sold quickly for you, so contact me at any time!
Posted on 04/17/2014 5:34 PM by Jarod
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Posted on 04/10/2014 12:00 AM by Jarod
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Control Factor How to Avoid Buyer Turnoffs
I recently read an article about reasons why buyers hate certain homes when they are in the home-buying process. It got me to thinking about the things you can control about your property when your home is on the market. If you are thinking about listing your home, or if it’s already on the market, look over this list of common offenses that has come from actual clients of mine and see if your home has some of these buyer hang-ups.
Here in Nashville, Tenn., Most have simple solutions, so do the extra legwork up front to make the best first impression you can.
This might surprise you, but strong odors are probably the #1 turnoff that buyers complain of when they visit a home. There is a lot of research about how odors stir up memories, good and bad, so it’s probably best to neutralize the air as much as possible. If you go for deodorizer sprays or plug-ins, choose soft scents and not overpowering ones. Trying too hard to create a clean smell can backfire. One way to freshen up your home is to paint your entry way inside and out. Not only will it look nice, but it will trigger smells that are similar to a new-car smell.
Coming in a close second place in the list of turnoffs is clutter. I cannot say this enough: Clutter is distracting. It keeps people from seeing the true value of your home. And since crammed closets also made the list, it’s much better to box up and store the clutter than it is to shove it in a closet.
Which leads me to closets. Make sure people are able to see the full potential of your closet space. Clean out the stuff you don’t need, and use organizing bins and other tools to arrange the things you do need. People love storage space, so show them what you’ve got!
If buyers pull into the driveway for the first time and see an overgrown or completely bare yard, they sometimes have the urge to keep driving. The assumption is that if you don’t care for the outside, you might not take care of the inside either. Keep the yard mowed and trimmed at all times. Don’t feel like you have to spend a fortune on flowers and plants. Simply adding a splash of color to the front walkway and porch goes a long way to give people the warm fuzzies they’re looking for.
You might also be surprised how many times clients want to walk away from a home simply because of outdated wallpaper and non-neutral paint colors or other cosmetic reasons, but it’s really difficult for some people to get past those things. Do what you can to create more of a blank slate for buyers and your home will sell much more quickly.
If you allow me to step in and help you see the things that need to be addressed in your home before you list it, I will help you get it ready and sold quickly! Call me today and let’s get started.
Posted on 04/01/2014 11:46 PM by Jarod