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SELECT AN AGENT....

HOW TO:
There are many factors to consider when you are selecting an Agent to sell one of your greatest assets. You need to feel comfortable with your Agent and be able to trust them (as much as you can in a society that traditionally dislikes and distrusts real estate agents😊). In the end it will usually come down to your gut feel about the individual, but we’ve put together a few tips for you to help you make your decision:

MYSTERY SHOP THEM! We cannot stress enough, it is so important to mystery shop a few of your local agents BEFORE calling any of them in to appraise your home. Things you want to look for: Were they prepared with a brochure?Did they take your name and number?Were they friendly and respectful of you (maybe dress in your daggiest outfit to see if that changes how they treat you)?How was the open run? Was there a good atmosphere?Could they answer questions about the property?After the open, did they follow you up to see if you were interested or had feedback?D…

GET YOUR PROPERTY READY FOR SALE......

HOW TO: 
Getting a property ready for sale is no small task! We have created a complete guide that we’ve titled “101 Tips” which goes through all the jobs you need to consider when getting your property ready to sell. We won’t go through all 101 tips now, but here are a few key items to consider.
MAINTENANCE The rule of thumb is – if something needs repair – fix it! There may be several things in your house that you have simply become accustomed to over time - things that you have been promising yourself to attend to. Well NOW is the time! Buyers will mentally add up their perceived costs of repairing all those minor flaws and end up with an amount that is generally much higher than your actual costs will be. You might be saying to yourself “these repairs aren’t any big deal,” but the buyer is thinking, “if the owner didn’t take care of these little items, then what about the roof or plumbing or air conditioner?” Necessary, non-critical minor repairs and perceived owner neglect will eith…

GET THAT RENTAL PROPERTY....

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At some stage in life, you may be looking for a rental property - whether moving out of home for the first time, going through a change in personal circumstances or you may have just made the decision not to be a home owner. Whatever your situation, if you are looking to rent a property, it’s good to know what Property Managers and Landlords are looking for and how to stand out from the crowd if the home is in demand. Below are a few tips and things you should know.
WHO MAKES THE DECISIONS? If the property is being rented through an Agency, the Property Manager will assess the applications received and then present them to the Landlord. The Property Manager can make recommendations, but ultimately it is the Landlord’s decision. Here at Smith Partners we have had some great candidates rejected by Landlords for various reasons, so please don’t take it personally if you are not successful for a rental.
THE OPEN INSPECTION Most Property Managers will insist on having you attend a…

PURCHASING A PROPERTY....

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Purchasing residential real estate can be a very exciting process, however it can also be a confusing time for the prospective buyer. Property owners receive all types of interest – some genuine, some not. Some people submit offers to test the possibility of sale, but do not actually stay true with their offer. This can lead to frustration and concern for the owners as they try to assess who is actually a genuine buyer. The best way to present a strong offer on any property is to follow the steps below that allow you to put forward your strongest purchasing proposition to the agent. As you may already be aware from your experiences, different agencies and individual agents usually have different sets of rules and standards. Below is the general process that should be followed, and one that we at Smith Partners adhere to.
MAKING AN OFFER Once you’ve found the right property, you need to express your interest through making an offer. You can do this verbally, but we will ask yo…