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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

10 Questions To Ask When Interviewing Real Estate Agents

10 Questions To Ask When Interviewing Real Estate Agents

An experienced local REALTOR is your best bet to get the most value from a St. Louis or St. Charles County Missouri home purchase or sale. However, when it comes to choosing a REALTOR, there are so many options that it can become overwhelming. How do you know which St. Louis or St. Charles County area real estate agent you can trust? To help choose a local REALTOR that will work best for you, we have put together a list of ten questions you should ask when interviewing a real estate agent or team.

 

1. What is your level of experience?

Real estate agents know that what you learn practicing real estate is far more than you ever learned in real estate school. So be sure to choose an agent with experience.  Ask the agents you are considering the following questions: 

  • How many homes do you sell yearly?
  • How many buyers versus listings did you close last year?
  • What percent of the listing price did you get on your closed listings in the last year?

 

2.  What professional designations have you earned to enhance your professional skills and real estate knowledge?

There are numerous designations available for REALTORs to achieve for improving their skills and expertise. These designations, along with everyday experience, will provide you insight into the REALTORs experience and commitment to the profession.  These designations include, but are not limited to, Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), e-pro, Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Relocation Certified, Luxury Home Specialist, New Construction Certified and many others. Experience and education are a winning combination.  

Find a REALTOR with continued training

3. What type of staff or support resources do you have?

Does the agent have support staff like dedicated buyer or listing agents, transaction coordinators or secretaries that help them achieve the best results for their clients? What about technology systems that help them help you? Do they have access to support should the need arise? If a REALTOR has more than one client, or if they work part-time, they will need support for a smooth transaction.

4. Are you a part-time or full-time REALTOR?

Top selling part-time real estate agents simply do not exist. A successful, quality REALTOR is a full-time REALTOR.

5. Do you use a professional photographer to take home photos?  

Your home, regardless of the listing price deserves and needs professional photos to be properly marketed. Cell phone photos and photos taken by a friend who has a nice camera are not acceptable. You need professional photos with the proper resolution to get the best results.  The agents that have the clearest understanding of best marketing practices have several strategies and use the best photos available to market their homes.  

Find a Realtor that uses professional photos

6. What areas do you primarily work in?

If the agent is an expert at selling city homes and you live in a rural area of the county, it might not be a good fit. Real estate is hyper-local and knowing the local market makes a big difference. Ask any REALTOR if they can provide a ranking report by area or zip code.  They should have this at their fingertips. 

 

7. Have you sold any homes in my neighborhood?

The answer to this question will let you know if the agent has sold, shown or is familiar with the benefits of living in your neighborhood or area.  Being familiar with the area, municipality, businesses and restaurants is an added bonus when selecting a REALTOR. 

 

8. How will you market my home?

Does the agent have a solid home marketing plan? Or is the plan to put a sign in the yard and wait? A well-constructed marketing plan should include online, offline, and in-home marketing services to help you get the most money for your home. You want to work with an agent or team of agents that make an investment in your home. It is critical that your home is fully enhanced on all major real estate websites.  Ask the agents you are considering this question, “why should I chose you to list my home?”  Enhanced marketing opportunities are ever changing, and you want to select a REALTOR that it is top of the marketing game.

Find a realtor that is an expert at marketing

9. How will you keep me informed of your progress?

Does the REALTOR put a sign in your yard and disappear indefinitely? A quality real estate agent should have a plan for reporting progress and checking in regularly with their clients.  Expectations and communication are key elements to a successful REALTOR and real estate experience.

10.  Is there anything that you specialize in or do different from other real estate agents?

Many REALTORs have learned specific sets of skills due to their experience and/or education. Even if that set of skills is not specific to your needs, knowing that an agent has a special set of skills is helpful. You want a REALTOR that is organized and intentional. One that has a plan, executes that plan, and follows through at every level.

It is the REALTOR’s responsibility to thoroughly explain to you what your options are regarding marketing, timelines, compensation and anything else that may be important to you as a client.    

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Are you thinking of buying or selling a home in the St. Louis or St. Charles County areas in Missouri? Why not interview The Boehmer Team? Contact us to learn how we are uniquely qualified to assist you. Or learn more about us at www.TheBoehmerTeam.com.

 

 


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

2024 Mortgage Rate and Real Estate Predictions

2024 Mortgage Rate and Real Estate Predictions

Mortgage interest rates are a crucial factor in the St. Louis and St. Charles County, Missouri real estate markets, as they directly impact both homebuyers and homeowners. While rates at the end of 2023 rates held steady, the current trend suggests rates in 2024 could be on a downward trajectory- good news for those looking to buy a home or refinance their existing mortgage.

What Mortgage and Real Estate Experts are Saying About 2024 Mortgage Rates

According to Forbes, experts are predicting that mortgage interest rates will continue to decrease over the next few years. This positive prediction is supported by Fannie Mae, which recently released a report forecasting that mortgage rates will drop below 6% by the end of 2024. Meanwhile Danielle Hale, chief economist at Realtor.com, said “Our modeling suggests a gradual, steady decline” when discussing 2024 mortgage rates,

 

These predictions are based on several factors, including slower economic growth, lower inflation, and a more stable global economy. These factors are likely to contribute to a decline in interest rates, which will benefit both homebuyers and homeowners.

 

Source: https://www.wsj.com/buyside/personal-finance/will-mortgage-rates-go-down-in-2024-predictions-16fffcaa

The Impact of Lower Interest Rates


The impact of lower interest rates on the real estate market could be significant. Lower rates make it more affordable for buyers to purchase a home, which could lead to an increase in demand for housing. This could, in turn, push up home prices a bit in certain areas. Homeowners who are looking to sell their homes could benefit from this trend, as they may be able to sell their homes for a higher price than they would have in a higher interest rate environment.

 

Lower interest rates also make it more affordable for homeowners to refinance their mortgages. This could be especially beneficial for those who are struggling to keep up with their monthly mortgage payments. By refinancing at a lower interest rate, homeowners could potentially lower their monthly payments, reduce the total amount of interest they pay over the life of their loan, and even shorten the term of their mortgage.

 

Mortgage Rates Predictions 2024

Other Factors That Could Affect the 2024 Real Estate Market


It’s important to keep in mind that interest rates are just one factor in the real estate market, and other factors such as job growth, inventory levels, and consumer confidence also play a role. While the prediction of lower interest rates is positive news, it is important to remain cautious about the future of the real estate market. Experts predict that slower economic growth, lower inflation, and a more stable global economy will contribute to a decline in interest rates. However, unforeseen events such as natural disasters, political instability, or global economic shifts could still impact the market.

 

In conclusion, the trend of decreasing mortgage interest rates is positive news for both homebuyers and homeowners. It could boost the housing market, make it more affordable for people to buy and refinance homes, and even lead to an increase in home values. However, it is important to keep in mind that interest rates are just one factor in the real estate market, and other factors can also impact the housing market. Homebuyers and homeowners should carefully consider their individual circumstances before making any decisions.


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Have questions or need advice about St. Louis or St. Charles County real estate? The Boehmer Team are highly qualified, experienced, and available for you. Contact us to assist you with buying, selling, building, or investing in real estate.

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.wsj.com/buyside/personal-finance/will-mortgage-rates-go-down-in-2024-predictions-16fffcaa

https://www.fanniemae.com/newsroom/fannie-mae-news/mortgage-rates-expected-dip-below-6-percent-2024-boosting-home-sales

https://www.freddiemac.com/research/forecast/20240122-us-economy-continues-expand  

https://www.forbes.com/advisor/mortgages/mortgage-interest-rates-forecast/

https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/mortgage-rates-have-dropped-quickly-how-low-will-they-go-in-2024/

Friday, January 19, 2024

Full-Service Realtors – At Your Service for Life

Full-Service REALTORS

While some real estate agents may come and go, others are determined and committed to being full-service REALTORS for life. In the St. Charles County, Missouri area The Boehmer Team is leading by example in what they offer as a full-service real estate team. There are many ways in which our team goes above and beyond simply helping you buy or sell a home. Here are just a few of the ways in which full-service REALTORs can provide added value to your real estate experience and to your life:

 

Availability and Consistency

Often times, primarily with discount brokerages and agents or very large teams, clients feel passed on once the listing agreement is signed. The team leaders often move on securing new business and let existing clients be maintained by a variety of team members. There are often questions about scheduled showings, no-shows, inspection concerns, financing issues that unexpectedly arise, survey concerns, troubleshooting homes that are not selling and more. Your primary agent should be available to assist you and be available for you. Your REALTOR should discuss with you up front as to who and how your concerns will be addressed and they should be an active part of the solutions.

 

Negotiation Experience

A quality REALTOR is extremely valuable in the process of negotiating.  Not only your contract terms but your inspection process and a variety of other things that may come up along the way. Negotiating is a skill that comes with experience and training. Is your REALTOR an experienced negotiator?  Have they earned the RENE Real Estate Negotiation Expert designation?  Both Linda and Kelly hold this designation. Feel free to ask any agent you consider for their history of negotiating expertise. 


Referrals to Contractors

Referrals to Contractors

Whether you're looking to do some minor repairs or a major renovation, a good contractor can be hard to find. As a full-service REALTOR, we have relationships with a variety of contractors in our area and can help connect you with someone who can get the job done right.

 

Referrals to Insurance Agents

Homeowners insurance is an important part of protecting your investment, but finding the right policy can be overwhelming. We can help connect you with a reputable insurance agent who can provide guidance on the best coverage options for your needs.

 

Storage, recycling and disposal information

Storage, Recycling and Disposal Information

In homes there is often lots of “stuff” from furniture to bedding, clothes and shoes, dishes and cookware, toys and electronics, old flags, and of course clutter and trash. There are different ways to store, donate, recycle or dispose of all this stuff. The Boehmer Team offers information on local establishments where items can be stored, recycled, donated or disposed of. 

 

Documents Related to Tax Time

When it comes time to file your taxes, having the right documents in hand can save you time and headache. As your full-service REALTOR, we can provide you with all of the necessary paperwork related to your home sale or purchase, making tax time a breeze.


Evaluations on Home Improvements

Evaluations on Home Improvements

If you're considering making improvements to your home, it's important to know how much value those improvements are likely to add. We can provide you with an evaluation of how much equity a particular improvement (such as a kitchen remodel or bathroom renovation) is likely to add to your home's value, helping you make informed decisions about where to invest your money.

 

Annual Home Equity Review

Just as you might meet with a financial planner to review your investment portfolio; we can also offer an Annual Home Equity Review. This is an opportunity to sit down and review your current home value, as well as any changes or improvements you've made over the past year. We can also discuss your long-term real estate goals and provide guidance on how to achieve them.

 

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By working with a full-service REALTOR, you're not just getting help with buying or selling a home - you're gaining access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise that can help you make informed decisions about your real estate investments. And with our network of trusted contractors, insurance agents, and other professionals, you can rest assured that you're in good hands with The Boehmer Team every step of the way. Contact us if we can provide full-service REALTOR benefits to you.