I have been a full time Realtor® for a long time and I have often said that the real estate market is a moving target. It's not only the market that changes but also changes to the communities or specific developments that add to the challenge. I have worked in the same area of Cleveland for 25 years since moving to Broadview Heights in 1990. I can't tell you how many total homes I have shown in that time but I do average about 250-400 depending upon how many buyers I work with in the given year. That's a lot of homes and that, in and of itself, is a great learning experience and a true asset when it comes to representing a buyer on a home purchase.
Here is how I think it plays out.
The more homes you show, the more questions you ask.
The more question you ask, the more knowledge you have to pass on to buyers.
The more knowledge you have to pass on to buyers, the more likely it is that the buyers will make a home purchase based on facts more than emotion.
The more informed the decision, the more likely it is that the buyers will be pleased with their purchase.
The more pleased they are the more likely they are to refer you to family and friends.
When a Realtor® shows a lot of homes they learn things like:
There's an oil/gas well one property over.
There's a retention pond behind this home.
There are high tension wires nearby.
This home has a shared driveway.
There is an assessment of $1500 for the next 3 years for new roofs, siding, and gutters.
There's an extra $32 that you have to pay in this city for sewers.
This city has some areas with higher than average sewer bills.
There used to be a landfill not far from here.
There is a one time fee with this HOA of $500.
In this community you will pay a one time conservation fee of .0005 of the purchase price.
Although this city mostly has sewers, there are a few streets that still have septic systems.
There are some protected wetlands in this area whom no one is allowed to touch
This area is for those 55 and older
In this development you are not permitted sheds or fences
If you are going to buy a condo, you must make it contingent upon the review of all the documents including all the financial statements.
I'm not saying I know everything about a particular city but I know a lot and I like to share that knowledge with buyers to help them make an informed decision.
What are some of the things you know in your area that might not be that obvious to a buyer??
If you would like to buy or sell a home in the southern communities of Cleveland Ohio, please call me at 440-263-7496, or you may want to visit my website for more specific information on the communities I service: Brecksville Ohio Real Estate, Broadview Heights Ohio Real Estate, North Royalton Ohio Real Estate Independence Ohio Real Estate, Seven Hills Ohio Real Estate, Parma Ohio Real Estate, Parma Heights Ohio Real Estate and Middleburg Heights Ohio Real Estate. Information is obtained from Neohrex (Northeast Ohio Real Estate Exchange) and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Properties subject to prior sale, rental, or other status changes. All properties that are advertised as being listed or sold by Barb Szabo are in conjuntion with ReMax Trinity.