Real Estate Can Move On

There is no discussion when it comes to how weird things are right now so I am not going down that path with this article.

What I want to make perfectly clear is that your real estate needs can still be met in these trying times.  I have been a professional real estate agent for over thirteen years and with every year we have had technological advances.  Back when I first started, in order to know where you were going you had to have a KEYMAP for the county you were doing business in.  I  started my business on the northern border of Harris County and the Southern border of Montgomery County in Texas.  So two Keymaps, which was a binder full of maps,  and away I went to literally help my clients find their next home.  Shortly after I started working as a real estate agent my family bought me my first GPS device and I haven’t looked back since.  I haven’t used that device in years because, you guessed it… I now get that information on my phone.  Apple maps, google maps, waze and other phone apps have all made my GPS devise obsolete for the way I do business.  You can still buy a GPS, but you can also still buy a KEYMAP.

Technology has also advanced in how I write and present offers to and for my clients in real estate.  Through the years my ability to digitally send and have clients sign a contract has gotten better and better.  My clients and I no longer have to meet one on one to go over the contract.  We can use Zoom or  Skype or a ton of other digital methods to communicate.  These bits of technology do not take the place of human interaction, but instead, help me to maximize the real estate experience by being able to work with my clients when they need me.  Clients no longer need to drive across town in order to sign documents, this can be done easily on their time table in the comfort of their home.

Time is of the essence and if you haven’t seen that phrase in real estate it is there, trust me.  Digitally signing documents does not mean that another offer will not be accepted over yours.  Digitally signing documents has the potential of getting your offer to the other party faster, but you still have to do your due diligence and most of all “MAKE A DECISION”.

Viewing a home online has also seen advances, but it has also given the sellers the ability to misrepresent their homes.  Beware of all the visual tricks that sellers use when selling their homes.  Painting their front lawn green when there has been no rain and a lawn watering ban, making rooms look bigger than they really are, adding wispy clouds or artificially sharpening the photos.  Then there is what I call the basics, reporting the square footage wrong.  Doing any of these things is deceptive and needs to be stopped.  If you as the buyer finds a home that you know has taken part in these type of deceptive practices, what else are they hiding from you?  Did they falsify their seller’s disclosures, WHERE DOES IT END?

If you are a buyer you will need to visit the property that you are buying, it is in your best interest.  Do as much due diligence before you visit the property.  View all the photos, view the maps, confirm the schools, review the route to work, read the sellers disclosures, review the FEMA flood maps, drive the neighborhood anything else you need to review PRIOR TO VISITING THE HOME.  Your home visit now becomes a quick yes or no proposition.  Now in these trying times, you may have to wait a little longer due to self-quarantine and that is understandable.   I have had homes in the past that canceled showings due to illness and I respect them being upfront.  I would hope that all sellers would be honest about their health and the same goes for buyers.

The internet, apps and fancy websites can not and no attempts should be made to replace the human nature of real estate.  People need people especially during times like these.  I have embraced the technology available to help my clients with their real estate transactions.  I have worked with clients while they were in Mexico and even in Dubi.  We even have the ability through the title company to have a remote or mail out closing and this also is getting better with time.  Many title companies are also working on receiving the earnest money funds by wire transfer which also gives more flexibility to the process.  Real estate should not be slowed during these times, the technology is available to help you to…

Live Life to the Fullest…and I can help.

Scott

 

Class: NEW Ideas For Selling NEW Homes

NEW Ideas For Selling NEW Homes ScottCulberosn.com

Fall is here and that is a PERFECT TIME FOR…

 Complimentary T.R.E.C. Approved Continuing Education for Real Estate Agents

 Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, October 29th
9:30 am check-in
10:00 am class starts 1:00 pm class ends
Location: Gehan Homes, Woodridge Forest, 22477 Soaring Woods Lane, Porter, TX 77365

***** NEW Ideas for Selling NEW Homes #38151  Looking to expand your real estate business and learn how to help your clients purchase a home from a new home builder?  This class looks at the real estate agent’s role in the new home buying process and how to effectively work with the new home salesperson and their client at the same time using the FOUR P’sELECTRIFYING 3-hour elective class taught by Scott Culberson #4547 an independent instructor for Lloyd Hampton Real Estate Education #09844

PLEASE RSVP: Pfry@gehanhomes.com

If you would like to see what and where I am teaching next go to www.LivingTheRealEstateLife.com and click on the calendar tab.

This is a NEW website, so I am looking to get the word out.  Sign up to receive posts from www.LivingtheRealEstateLife.com (go to the very bottom of the web page) and you will be entered in a drawing to receive a $25.00 Amazon gift card.  I will draw the lucky winner on November 21st.

 

I look forward to meeting you in class and you’ll be…

Living the Real Estate Life,
Scott

FREE LUNCH & LEARN: Creating Moments for Buyers and Sellers

Creating Moments for Buyers and Sellers # 33846 Learn how to identify and Celebrate Client centered WOW moments to establish a culture of “ABOVE AND BEYOND” customer service that encourages past clients to openly refer family and friends for many years to come…in this DYNAMIC 3-hour elective class taught by Scott Culberson #4547 an independent instructor for Lloyd Hampton Real Estate Education #09844

LOCATION: 22477 Soaring Woods Ln, Porter, TX 77365, USA

3 Hour CE Credit

RSVP: LRamirez@gehanhomes.com

Check in: 9:30am
Class Starts: 10:00am

Class Sponsor: Gehan Homes Woodridge Forest, Lisa Ramirez

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FREE LUNCH & LEARN September 17, 2019, Check-in: 9:30am, Class Starts: 10:00am; 3-Hours C.E. RSVP: LRamirez@gehanhomes.com