With the influx of new technology and web based solutions, it isn't a surprise that everything is moving fast into the era of the internet. From sites like Uber to Grubhub, we generally can pull up our phones or laptops to order what we want with ease. And with every industry being revolutionized by technology, the same methods are "attempting" to be applied to the real estate industry.
We could all agree that the simplification of the process through paperwork would be much appreciated by agents and buyers/sellers alike; but the attempt of replacing the agent by sites like Zillow and other third party resources, can lead to a snowball affect of disaster. Think about real estate being smack dab in the middle of fast food and a doctor. You can use your mobile device to quickly place your order for a $20 meal, but when it comes to getting a surgery, you'll want to put that phone down and visit a professional. Now think of your real estate agent being in the middle of all of that. You can use your devices to look for a home, look at market data the way you look at WebMD, knowing not to take it too seriously because you need a real professional's input, but it's fun and gives you a general idea of what to expect. But there in lies the issue, the data online is an oversimplified version of what goes into the process of buying and selling. The same way it oversimplifies medical diseases and surgeries, you'd still expect to get a professional's diagnosis.
Although a real estate agent isn't quite like a doctor, the industry in it's legalities, contracts, and processes is similar in the sense that it needs to be taken seriously. Looking for a house online and wanting to put an immediate offer on one can be exciting and fun, but the issues that require a professional's guidance comes after the initial contract is written up and the hard work comes into place to actually make the home your own. Same for sellers, if you decide to put your home on the market and want a website that will give you an automatic offer, how do you know you're not being taken advantage of in the price? But most importantly, how do you know you're not being taken advantage of in other aspects of the contract? Because there is a lot more to the sale of the home then just agreeing on a number.
The next time you're digging through public sites for homes for sale, and getting instant home valuation estimates, keep in mind that this is a simple process to give you an idea of your market. A very general idea. But after you've found the perfect house, or after you've decided that the numbers make some sense for you to sell, call your favorite real estate agent and make sure they give you a more detailed look into the market and assist you through the full process, not just the exciting first parts. Because it's going to be in the middle of a contract when the lending is falling apart, or negotiations can't be made on repairs and emotions are at an all time high, that you are going to wish you had put down your laptop and had an agent fighting for you by your side. Use the internet, have fun with it's amazing resources, but don't let it replace your agent. We aren't in an age, just yet, where technology can do everything a professional can.
Author:Lynda Western Phone: 602-919-0857 Dated: August 28th 2017 Views: 428 About Lynda: A family oriented person, Lynda has a passion for helping people in unfortunate situations. An Ariz...
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First of all, I am a family man… I love spending time with my beautiful wife, Jennifer, our two daughters and most recently a son. We have three dogs and I also enjoy cooking and travel. Working on just about anything in the garage, we build various hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles, rat rods, pickup trucks and even some woodworking. Tuesday nights I still play on a competitive adult football team so I lead a busy, but fun life!
I am raising a family of my own so often share in the same hard decisions you need to make and can therefore relate.
My goal is to become friends after working together and not just be your Realtor. I want to be your Real Estate Resource for life that you can refer to family, friends, co-workers and anyone else you know needing assistance.
I originally obtained my Real Estate license in 2003 and then upgraded to a Broker’s license in 2007. I currently serve as the Treasurer for WeMAR (Western Maricopa County Association of Realtors) and also sit on the Board of Directors for AAR (Arizona Association of Realtors). In the past, I have served as Chairperson for WeMAR’s Young Professionals Network and Chairperson for the ARMLS (Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service) MLS Committee. I have been the Designated Broker for RE/MAX Preferred Choice since March of 2013 and served as Managing Broker prior to that for a few years.
Proudly I can say I’m a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame. In 2013, I won the prestigious “30 Under 30″ National Award from REALTOR Magazine and was also named to the Real Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents list. Trulia also ranks me in the top 1% nationwide for Realtors based upon sales and client testimonials.
I have a wide variety of experience with buyers and sellers of residential, new construction, land, retail, multi-family, commercial/industrial and investment properties. Having led up to an eight-person team during my Real Estate career, I know how to manage multiple personalities and coordinate tasks. Regardless of team size, client representation has always been priority #1. Providing consistent & prompt communication, accurate market data and promoting our client’s best interest(s) is constantly at the top of the list.
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Justin Schlegel was great to work with, he knows the real estate business in Phoenix and sold my home for the asking price, after being on the market less than 24-hours. He is very professional and was able to keep us calm when we were a little stressed out. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone. If we ver move back to the Phoenix area he would be the only Realtor® I would use.
Brad & DeAnna in Phoenix, on behalf of Justin Schlegel