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Posted by David W. Welch on October 4th, 2017 3:33 PM
Buying or selling, makes sure you work with an experienced agent. Here are some of my past sales.


Posted by David W. Welch on September 26th, 2016 1:06 PM
Whether you are buying or selling, you need to make sure you are working with the right real estate agent. First, make sure you are working with a REALTOR®. Being a member of the Realtor® Association means he or she is held to a code of ethics beyond what local laws require. I imagine most agents in the Orlando market are members of the Realtor® Association, but every so often I run into agents that are not members. Second, make sure the agent you are working with is active in the market. The average agent in Orlando is closing fewer than six transactions a year. I won't pretend to know what the right number of sales is to be considered 'active', but I don't think six is enough. Remember, experience is not about the number of years in the business. I literally met an agent that had been in real estate for eight years, and had closed eight sales.

Aside from being an active agent and a Realtor®, there are other things to consider when choosing an agent. Do they know the area? Our local MLS literally covers about a third of the state of Florida. Most of those agents do not know the Orlando market. Does the agent work alone, or as part of a team. There are pros and cons to both, ask them about who will be working most directly with you. You deserve an agent, not an assistant handling your transaction. Make sure your agent communicates with you effectively. If you prefer texts, let them know that. If they are not communicating with you the way you prefer, you may want to look for an agent that is a better fit for your communication style. The most important consideration is making sure your agent has your interests in mind. Ask yourself if you feel like they are looking out for you, or just trying to make the sale. We are in this business to sell real estate, but you are our customer and our boss. If you don't feel like your agent is working for you, then you may need a new agent.

If you are looking for an agent in Orlando, I'd love to hear from you. I am a REALTOR®, and have had literally hundreds of successful closings. There are over 11,000 agents in the Orlando market, and most do not have a listing. I have seven active right now. Most are in the downtown area between Winter Park and Conway. I work primarily on my own, but also handle marketing for a team specializing in foreclosures. I personally would handle all the details of your transaction. When it comes to communications, you will find that I am both comfortable and proficient in whatever style you prefer. We can speak on the phone, text or email. You can even get me through: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ or LinkedIn. You'll find me to be one of the most connected agents around. Most importantly, if you choose to work with me, your interests will always be my first concern.

Posted by David W. Welch on October 26th, 2015 7:41 AM
I came across this article on Twitter (@RealtyOptimist) this morning. I really like #3. I think it is the most critical to having an effective relationship with your agent.
 
Posted by David W. Welch on November 12th, 2014 7:37 AM

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