Searching For a Rockstar Real Estate Agent?

We at Weichman Realtors, all know that in every field there is a vast difference between hiring an ‘okay’ employee versus a standout talent — a real rockstar go-getter. It’s the same with your real estate agent. If you’re planning to buy or sell a Costa Mesa home any time soon, you’ll certainly want more of a superstar on your side…yet how do you find the right local real estate agent? You want to sign up someone who has both the game plan and the skills to sell your home (or find you your new one). But with every real estate agent advertising their positive points, how will you find one who will turn in a performance to match?

The most agreed-upon way to find a real estate agent who fits the bill is to ask for a personal recommendation from family or good friends. That’s the route most often cited, and it’s nearly foolproof. I say ‘nearly’ because — let’s face it — we’re not always on the same page with every family member (not you, of course, Mom!). In practice, the agent who worked for your nearest and dearest may not always be the best fit for you.

Another way to identify real estate agents in Costa Mesa with whom you might work well is by visiting local open houses. If he or she makes a good impression, be sure to take the agent’s name and contact details. When you get home, do an Internet check. Does she or he have a well done and current website and blog? The type of listings you seek? Fleshed-out testimonials? Great real estate agents tend to have specialties and niches and it’s valuable for you to work with someone whose profile fits your needs.

After you’ve narrowed the field, as with any vendor, even though this step takes a little more time and effort than you might wish, it’s still the best practice to interview two or three potential candidates before making your choice. And no matter what method you settle on to find your real estate agent, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask detailed questions. The two of you will be having many in-depth conversations from now on, — so taking a few extra minutes should certainly be no imposition at this juncture. (If it is, he or she is the wrong one!)

Ask about specific recent transactions, and keep the conversation going by delving into details. Ask what designations the agent has, what additional training he or she has undergone, what memberships or advance positions he or she has held. By asking in-depth questions, not only will you gain more market understanding, but you’ll get a sense of how that candidate will perform for you.

When it comes to buying or selling a house, knowledge is power. We’d love to share our wealth of knowledge about Costa Mesa with you, and delighted to offer up our resume to add to your review. Call anytime!
Weichman Associates Realtors is a full service real estate agency located in the heart of Costa Mesa offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s Weichman’s mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. Weichman Associates Realtors was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, Weichman Realtors has grown to a full staff of 20 serving over 300 clients a year.

Weichman Realtors is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has Weichman donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the top real estate companies in Costa Mesa.

If you’re interested in buying or selling in Orange County, turn to the experts. Turn to Weichman Realtors and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact Weichman Realtors today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@WeichmanRealtors.com

First Time Homebuyers: Beyond the Big Picture

When Weichman Realtors is working with new buyer clients in Costa Mesa – especially the first time homebuyers – we usually find ourselves fielding more than one question about what they should expect as they progress through the process of buying a home.
Everyone already knows the big picture, of course, but in many ways it’s dissimilar from other large purchases they are used to making.

What first time homebuyers experience does differ from other purchasing situations. How it does is something the National Association of REALTORS ® seems to have accidentally answered through their latest study of homebuyers and sellers. The NAR was trying to determine what buyers want from their agents. To answer that, they compiled homebuyers’ “five biggest expectations.” To me, these five tell the tale of why we real estate practitioners are considered all but indispensible to this process…why home buying differs from other major purchases. After all, you don’t need an ‘automobile agent’ to help you shop for a new car!

First is the help we provide in finding the right home to purchase. The local market is an ever-changing target. Properties arrive and disappear almost daily, and each is uniquely appropriate or not depending on a given purchaser’s (especially first time home buyer’s) needs and expectations. Knowing the details of every qualified home that is currently up for sale in Costa Mesa is pretty nearly a full-time job all by itself. Especially for a first time homebuyer, having a knowledgeable pro to provide the legwork is a reassuring place to start.

Once an appealing new home has been found, it’s invaluable to have help in negotiating the price. It’s usually much more comfortable (and likely to succeed) when professionals do the negotiating. They minimize the emotional factors that tend to surface whenever large amounts of money are in discussion. By determining what comparable homes are selling for, your agent gives first time homebuyers (and all homebuyers, for that matter) the most important starting reference point and a reasonable basis from which to proceed.

The same is true when it comes to providing help negotiating the terms of the sale. An experienced professional has been through many sales — experience that alerts them to many details that are easy to overlook but become major issues in the months and years following the sale.

Assisting with the paperwork is listed last on the NAR’s punch list, but many of my clients tell me that to them, it’s just as important as any of the others. There are many forms, and making sure they are properly understood and executed in the legally required timeframe is always important.

All of these, and more, are reasons why you are well served to select a knowledgeable Costa Mesa real estate professional to help you secure the home you are hoping to find. We hope you will give us a call — whether you are a first time homebuyer or experienced real estate homeowner!

Weichman Realtors Open House List for 8-25 and 8-26

Weichman Realtors Open House List for 8-25 and 8-26

Saturday- August 25th, 2012

1842 Kinglet Court, Costa Mesa
1pm-4pm

2415 Poinsettia, Santa Ana
1pm-4pm

3144 Coolidge Avenue, Costa Mesa
1pm-4pm

Sunday- August 26th, 2012

2415 Poinsettia, Santa Ana1pm-4pm

1842 Kinglet Court, Costa Mesa 1pm-4pm

Weichman Associates Realtors is a full service real estate agency located in the heart of Costa Mesa offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s Weichman’s mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. Weichman Associates Realtors was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, Weichman Realtors has grown to a full staff of 20 serving over 300 clients a year.

Weichman Realtors is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has Weichman donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the top real estate companies in Costa Mesa.

If you’re interested in buying or selling in Orange County, turn to the experts. Turn to Weichman Realtors and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact Weichman Realtors today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@WeichmanRealtors.com

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