Many agents tell their clients what they want to hear, but my thoughts are you shouldn’t believe them, including me for that matter too.
The only way to predict your future selling outcome is to look back at what the agent has done in the recent past and hear from those clients. You should see their past results, selling statistics and be able to chat directly with their past clients.
Apart from driving my Holden Torana everyday as the best real estate agent car ever, outside of real estate I enjoy time with my daughter, partner and CrossFit, which enables me to enjoy good food and drink on weekends. #dadbod.
After completing College in 2005, like many people I didn’t know what I wanted to pursue. I went to University of Canberra and deferred after first semester knowing study wasn’t what I wanted to do.
I had an interest in real estate after our family home burnt down in the 2003 Canberra bushfires and the mediocre experience my parents had in renting then purchasing again in 2004. I started with a small agency in August 2006 then moved to Independent in February 2007 and have stayed ever since.
Having been considering selling our family home for some years, I had met with many agents to get a good feel for what each one offered.
Sam was by no means the cheapest, in fact he was double what others had quoted me.
The sale was a little different to your standard as I’m in the real estate industry too, I wanted to do all the photos and walk thru video with my chosen photographers. In addition I wanted to write my own marketing and had strong ideas on how we should approach the sale. Instead of disagreeing, Sam just got on board and worked with me.
Sam was successful in listing Thursday, opening both Saturday and Sunday and presented us with an offer we accepted on Tuesday. This was a great outcome for our family as anyone with young children would know how hard it is to keep your home show ready. I chose Sam over the other agents because he was working for us and from the time I first contacted him about another of our properties, he has consistently stayed in contact updating me every 4-6 months on other sales. I knew he would do the same with the potential buyers. Other agents did not do this. They came and we were forgotten.
Our beautiful home would sell itself, but I believe other agents would have brought me lower offers as he did the hard work negotiating with the buyer upfront before he came to us.
I think it is important that you do this research before selecting an agent. If you are considering selling, do your homework, don’t shop on their price but their value and Sam is an excellent negotiator. All the best Sam!
Sian Day – Seller and owner of Little Miss Agent www.littlemissagent.com.au
Sam prides himself on the way he conducts the promotion of his sellers homes. He utilises the Friendly Auction System which is designed to make the process of buying at auction easier, more informed and transparent with the agent.
One of the things buyers appreciate the most is the publishing of price guides and talk openly with buyers about pricing of the home, which is then updated throughout the campaign from feedback by interested parties week by week to provide buyers and sellers with a more accurate indication of the sell price on auction day.
Sam can also help buyers organise:
- Private showings outside of the allocated open homes if those days/times are not suitable.
- A free finance meeting with a senior broker from Clarity home loans who will ensure finances are in order by auction day if given a couple of weeks notice. Continue reading “Friendly Auctions – because any other auction is ‘unfriendly’”