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What do you think… fun or a plain waste of time?
I hope you have a fanatical week! I’m here if you need anything.
As we are starting the New Year 2013, I’ve been thinking about goals. Every year, millions of people sit down and carefully choose where they want to go in life and how they’re going to get there.
Take Jim Layton, for example. His list just got a new checkmark, but you’ll never guess what for, even though 649 other people were right there with him. You can find out here.
As you’re thinking about what you want to accomplish next year, please remember that I’m always honored when someone trusts me to help them achieve an important goal. If I can help you in any way, please just let me know.
Irene Gaffigan, Associate Broker, CRS, e-PRO
Toll Free: (800) 659-1819
Cell: (802) 353-1983
Fax: (802) 779-0152
VSP Sends Troopers to Help in Sandy Recovery Efforts
Waterbury, VT – The Vermont State Police (VSP) will be deploying 11 troopers to New Jersey to provide law enforcement assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The VSP convoy will leave from the Williston Barracks tomorrow, November 4, 2012 at approximately 9AM for a seven day deployment.
VSP members will join with 15 troopers from the Maine State Police (MSP) to create a New England State Police law enforcement strike team to assist state and local law enforcement agencies. During the deployment, VSP members will work closely with the New Jersey State Police to provide law enforcement support and security teams in the areas of New Jersey affected by the storm. Members will be operating out of the Fort Dix area.
If you are considering listing your home for sale or buying Southern Vermont Real Estate, please give me a call at 802-353-1983 or email me at email@example.com
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Do you know what your customers really think about the home-buying process?
According to the 2011 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey conducted by the National Association of REALTORS, here are the five biggest expectations:
A real estate salesperson should:
- Help find the right home to purchase.
- Help in negotiating the price.
- Help negotiating the terms of the sale.
- Determine what comparable homes are selling for.
- Assist with the paperwork.
Many buyers do not understand the home-buying process. Buying a home can be very stressful. A real estate agent plays many roles during this process – adviser, counselor and friend. Here are some suggestions to better assist today’s buyers for improved client relationships.
How quick is your response time? Response time is rated as a very important quality in real estate professionals according to the NAR survey. It is ranked behind honesty and integrity. Are you ignoring customer leads? Are you responding too late? Today’s internet consumer is expecting a response within the hour.
Do you have a web presence? The important determining factors in choosing an agent are trustworthiness and reputation. With that said, online search is a go-to method to find out more about a real estate practitioner’s business. Client reviews are important as well as photos and detailed property information. If you are on social networking pages such as LinkedIn and Facebook, be sure they are up to date and represent your business.
Do you follow the three E’s? A realtor wears many hats during this process as I mentioned. You need to be ready to educate, empathize and encourage.
Educate on the area, what comparable homes are selling for, average price per square foot and every stage in the buying process.
Empathize throughout the whole process. This is a big, scary step where something as simple as the color of the walls becomes a huge obstacle. Keep calm, listen to them and propose a practical solution or compromise.
Encourage your buyers once they make a decision. They are looking to you for validation – they want to know they made a good decision. Review the priorities they stated in their home search and how the home measures up. This will help lead them all the way to the closing table.
Can you answer their questions? Of course there are certain questions you can’t answer due to the fair housing laws, but if you ignore the question or gloss over it, you inadvertently make the buyer lose faith in your knowledge about the market or feel like their question didn’t matter. Keep pertinent data with you, available on your Web site or even in a special buyer packet.
Are you present through the entire process? After your buyers have selected a home, don’t disappear until closing day. They will feel abandoned! They need your help understanding the entire process and part of that is recommending service providers. Find an excuse to call – share an article, tell them you drove by and the house looks great. Help them get information on their new community.
The end of the transaction can be the beginning of a relationship with your clients. By proving you will be there every step of the way and beyond builds your reputation and a lasting awareness of your services – for the next time they need you, or when their friends and family need you.
Until next time, Irene
Chester is an amazing town in Vermont. It is a town of churches and some of the most interesting and colorful vistas in New England. You can enjoy the quaint town of Chester with the historic Village Green and the Stone Village, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places – livable structures made from local granite.
Just a month after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene, Chester held the 37th Annual Fall Festival on the Green, sponsored by the Chester Rotary Club. Over 60 Vermont and New England Artisans, Crafters and Food Concessions gathered in booths spread over the Green in the center of town. Mark your calendars for next year -this is a great fall event to attend!
New Businesses are opening too. The Inn Victoria expanded their business by adding a retail outlet, “Ye Olde Shoppe at Inn Victoria” which will focus on Vermont foods, Vermont made jewelry and other types of goods their guests are looking for while staying in Vermont. There is a new gallery, museum and art school in Chester as well! The Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts (VTica) hosted an open house at the beginning of this month. Located on Depot Avenue across from the Jiffy Mart just off the Chester Village Green, there was a timely photographic essay of 50 images from professional and amateur photographers chronicling the destruction and rebuilding of south/central Vermont in the aftermath of the storm.
There are well established businesses also contributing to Chester’s charm. Bill Austin’s Antique Store has the largest collection of Antiques around and he refurbishes many items himself. It’s quite an experience walking through all the rooms of his store! After antiquing at Austin’s, step into MacLaomainn’s for lunch!
MacLaomainn’s is a Scottish style pub located at 52 South Main Street and Deb and Alan Brown opened their doors in 2008. Their Scottish style menu is unique to this area featuring traditional fish pie, haggis, mince and tatties and steak pie. They also offer pizza, Angus burgers, hot dogs and more! The atmosphere is just what a pub is intended to be – a community living room where everyone can feel at home.
This year the Browns added to their offerings by opening the Great Hall – a conference room, event and music hall which can seat up to 95 people comfortably and is located directly behind the pub. Their hope is that the Great Hall becomes a place where people will comfortably gather with family and friends.
Chester is a delightful town to visit and I’m sure you will discover the warm and inviting atmosphere coming from the local businesses and local people. Come see – you can’t get away from that Vermont spirit!
Until next time, Irene