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Some Common Misconceptions About Buying and Selling a Home… Part 2

July 24, 2010

Last week I blogged about some common misconceptions about buying and selling a home.  You can view that post HERE.  Here is part 2:

We listed Henry HomeSeller’s 5 bedroom 3.5 bath, $235,000 SPLIT LEVEL home 6 weeks ago. He called me last week and started to chew me out.  He was very upset that even though we have had quite a few showings from other Realtors and a couple of parties interested, WE haven’t personally showed it once.  “As my Realtor I expect you to show it to all of your Buyers.  Isn’t that YOUR JOB???” Henry said.

My response: “Henry, I understand your thoughts.  Right now I am working with 10 Buyers, most of them are in the $120,000-$200,000 price range, and NOT 1 OF THEM is looking for anything REMOTELY close to a home like yours.  If I were to show my Buyer YOUR HOME when they are looking for a 3 bedroom 2 bath ranch on a slab in the $140,000 price range… they wouldn’t be my Buyer very long, and I would be wasting your time.”  Thankfully Henry understood and we are all a BIG HAPPY FAMILY AGAIN!

A good Buyers agent (like all of us are on The Christiansen Team) will not show a Buyer homes that don’t fit their criteria. If I have a listing that fits one of my Buyers criteria YOU BETTER BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL SEE THAT HOUSE!!

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Holly HouseHunter called me and said:  “Hey Jared, I know you told me to call YOU if I had ANY questions about ANY HOMES out there, but I got really excited when I drove by the home on Elm St and I, um, well, called the Realtor on the sign.  He is going to show it to me tonight and then if I like it I’ll call you back and we can write the offer.  Is that okay?”

My response: “No Holly HouseHunter, that isn’t okay.  I have been working with you for quite a while and I explained that if you contact another Realtor and have them show you the house, you are roped into working with them on that particular house.  It’s called PROCURING CAUSE“.

Holly was concerned that she was wasting my time by calling me so much. She wasn’t, that’s my job.  If you become one of our Buyers or Sellers you will never waste our time with questions, concerns, or anything of the sort.  IT’S OUR JOB TO HELP YOU!

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Chandra Cheapskate was convinced that since it is a Buyer’s market (and she listened to her friends at work) she should make a low ball offer. We found her a beautiful home that fit EVERYTHING she wanted priced at $199,900.  She asked me to write an offer for $110,000 and ask for closing costs (3% of purchase price), a carpet allowance of $5,000, and that the Seller pays for all other costs (around $1,000 more).  Once it’s all said and done, the offer is going to look like an offer of LESS THAN 50% OF LIST PRICE!!!!

I tried to convince her that the offer was INSANE and to put herself in the Seller’s shoes. After a half an hour of me trying to convince her that she is wasting everybody’s time, she INSISTED that I write the offer and present it to the other Realtor.  I’m pretty sure I gave her the MOST DRAMATIC EYE ROLL IN HISTORY before I quickly wrote up the offer.  When I called the listing agent I told her the price and conditions and she started cussing and told me that her Sellers won’t even look at the paper.  Obviously I fired that Buyer.  I still don’t think she has bought a house…

Just because it is a Buyer’s market does not mean that you should offer less than 50% of the list price. Well, unless it’s a $10,000 piece of junk fixer upper and you are paying cash.  If Chandra and that Seller were to come to some kind of agreement (say $185,000 purchase price), I can all but GUARANTEE that Seller and the listing agent won’t soon forget the low ball offer we made at the beginning.  My guess is that the Seller will be a BEAR to deal with through the transaction.

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That closes Part 2 of what should be a very fun series of blog posts.  Come back next week for more or let me know if you have any ideas or questions for me!

If you would like to buy or sell a home  in Fort Wayne, Indiana or in the surrounding communities, please call Jared, Amanda, Deb, or Alisha of The Christiansen Team at 260-704-0842, email us at ChristiansenTeam@gmail.com, or you may want to visit ChristiansenTeam.com for more specific information on the communities we serve.

Relocating or moving to Fort Wayne? Contact us to see how we can help!

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Do your neighbors help or hurt the sale of your home? What would Mr. Rogers say?

July 23, 2010

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

A beautiful day for a neighbor

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?

Please won’t you be my neighbor?

In Mr. Roger’s neighborhood all the neighbors are good right?  Not so much with some of the neighbors we have encountered with our listings and homes we have shown to our buyers.

I wonder what Mr. Rogers would think about being neighbors with:

Crappy back yard guy.  You know, the guy that never mows his back yard, and when he finally does it takes him all afternoon and his mower keeps dying because the grass is too long?

Cluttered back yard guy.  You know, the guy that has so much crap and junk in his backyard that it looks like a tornado blew through?

Party every weekend guy.  You know, the guy that has crazy loud drunk parties every weekend?

Crazy paint job guy.  You know, the guy that painted his house in with colors so bright that you can see it from space??

There have been many times that we have found a wonderful home for a buyer and guess what?  Mr. Friggin Rogers wasn’t their neighbor, it was one of those guys mentioned above.  Before you buy a home MAKE SURE to look around first.  A friendly tip from The Christiansen Team.  🙂

If you would like to buy or sell a home  in Fort Wayne, Indiana or in the surrounding communities, please call Jared, Amanda, or Deb of The Christiansen Team at 260-704-0842, email us at ChristiansenTeam@gmail.com, or you may want to visit our website for more specific information on the communities we service.

Relocating to Fort Wayne? Are you moving to work at the Fort Wayne GM Plant? Contact us to see how we can help!

Want to know a little more about us?  Check out our Facebook fan page HERE or GOOGLE US!!

FORT WAYNE HOMES FOR SALE

The Christiansen Team

WE work, YOU win!!




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Are You Relocating to Fort Wayne?

July 23, 2010

Are You Moving to Fort Wayne?

Moving to a new area can be a very exciting process. You’ll soon be learning about the Fort Wayne community, moving into your new home, and building new relationships. Naturally, a change of this magnitude is also potentially stressful. Concerns over selling your current home, buying a home in Fort Wayne, and coordinating your move can become overwhelming. As Fort Wayne real estate professionals we can help ease the burden on you and make sure your relocation is as seamless and comfortable as possible.

The Christiansen Team has assisted many individuals and families with the process of relocating to Fort Wayne, and we will use our experience to give you the very best of service. Whether you’re going to be joining our community for the first time or if you are moving back to Fort Wayne, we are happy and excited to help you. We can guide you through the home  buying process, provide access to the best local moving companies, and provide you with all the information you need.
This is without a doubt a dramatic time in your life and the lives of your loved ones. We would certainly enjoy the opportunity to be a part of your transition into a new life here in Fort WayneContact us today at 260.704.0842 or email us at HousingFortWayne@gmail.com.

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1.5 reasons why I’m glad the tax credit is ending.

April 30, 2010

Nobody on The Christiansen Team has written an offer this week. I find that surprising as well.  With the tax credit ending today (April 30) I was SURE that all of us would be writing 2-3 offers.  Nope, not 1, but to be honest with you, I’m glad.  Why would I be glad that we didn’t write any offers??

This week I have seen a few agents in my office going nuts and writing offers left and right. They have Buyers that are scrambling like mad to find a home to make an offer on so they can get the $8,000 tax credit.  I have talked to a few agents that aren’t in my office that are in the same boat, RUN RUN RUN as fast as you can to get a house under contract!!  HURRY HURRY!!!!  WE MUST GET THAT TAX CREDIT!!

Don’t get me wrong, we have buyers and plenty of them. Some of them were trying to get a house under contract by today, but the right house hasn’t been found yet.  That (up to) $8,000 is great, but what happens in 2 years when our buyer is sitting there in a house they never fell in love with to begin with?  Where is that $8,000?

Maybe they paid off some bills with it. Maybe they put new carpet in the house, or went on a vacation, or remodeled their kitchen.  That’s all fine and dandy, but how many people who are scrambling like mad to find a house to get under contract by today are really going to be happy down the road?

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your life and is not supposed to be a mad chaotic dash! It is a process that sometimes takes a little time and is should not be rushed.  Now don’t get me wrong, if we can take you out and show you 5 houses in an afternoon and you fall in love with the 5th house then GREAT!  We did our job! More times than not it takes a little more than 5 showings.

I’m also tired of hearing other agents worried about the tax credit ending. “Man Jared, we are going to really be hurting for buyers once this tax credit is over”.  Really?? Now that the tax credit has come and gone, nobody is going to want to buy a house?  Then maybe you should be out networking and generating leads instead of whining about it.  🙂

If you would like to buy or sell a home  in Fort Wayne, Indiana or in the surrounding communities, please call Jared, Amanda, or Deb of The Christiansen Team at 260-704-0842, email us at ChristiansenTeam@gmail.com, or you may want to visit our website for more specific information on the communities we service.

Relocating to Fort Wayne? Are you moving to work at the Fort Wayne GM Plant? Contact us to see how we can help!

Want to know a little more about us?  Check out our Facebook fan page HERE or GOOGLE US!!

FORT WAYNE HOMES FOR SALE

The Christiansen Team

WE work, YOU win!!


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IT’S A GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 26, 2010

The Christiansen Team would like the newest addition to our family, team, home, office, or whatever we are calling ourselves these days

DEB STEELE!!!

Deb has been a Realtor for 4 years in the Indianapolis/Fishers area.  She was with one of the top producing teams in Fishers before she decided to move up to Fort Wayne and become the newest member of The Christiansen Team.

We already know she will be a great fit.  How are we so sure?  Well, she’s not only the newest member of The Christiansen Team, she is Amanda’s mom and my mother in law!

WELCOME ABOARD DEB!  LET’S GO HAVE SOME FUN!!!

If you would like to buy or sell a home  in Fort Wayne, Indiana or in the surrounding communities, please call Jared, Amanda, or Deb of The Christiansen Team at 260-704-0842, email us at ChristiansenTeam@gmail.com, or you may want to visit our website for more specific information on the communities we service.

Relocating to Fort Wayne? Are you moving to work at the Fort Wayne GM Plant? Contact us to see how we can help!

Want to know a little more about us?  Check out our Facebook fan page HERE or GOOGLE US!!

FORT WAYNE HOMES FOR SALE

The Christiansen Team

WE work, YOU win!!



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The Christiasen Team sells LEO too!

April 16, 2010

9925 Bobcat Trail in Leo, Indiana is SOLD by The Christiansen Team! This beautiful 6 year old home was offered for $249,000 and sold for $237,000!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW HOME OWNERS!!!!!

If you would like to buy or sell a home  in Fort Wayne, Indiana or in the surrounding communities, please call us at 260-704-0842, email us at ChristiansenTeam@gmail.com, or you may want to visit our website for more specific information on the communities we service.

Relocating to Fort Wayne? Are you moving to work at the Fort Wayne GM Plant? Contact us to see how we can help!

Want to know a little more about us?  Check out our Facebook fan page HERE or GOOGLE US!!

Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen

FORT WAYNE HOMES FOR SALE

The Christiansen Team

WE work, YOU win!!

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Another one SOLD by The Christiansen Team!

April 16, 2010

3719 Bramblecrest Drive in Fort Wayne Indiana is SOLD by The Christiansen Team! Offered for $118,900, this home was sold in 12 DAYS for $116,500!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW HOME OWNERS!!!!

If you would like to buy or sell a home  in Fort Wayne, Indiana or in the surrounding communities, please call us at 260-704-0842, email us at ChristiansenTeam@gmail.com, or you may want to visit our website for more specific information on the communities we service.

Relocating to Fort Wayne? Are you moving to work at the Fort Wayne GM Plant? Contact us to see how we can help!

Want to know a little more about us?  Check out our Facebook fan page HERE or GOOGLE US!!

Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen

FORT WAYNE HOMES FOR SALE

The Christiansen Team

WE work, YOU win!!