Some Questions to Consider When Selling Your Home:
Why list at all, when I could probably sell by owner?
Because even in a hot market where a buyer may not be hard to find, face-to-face negotiation, legal, structural and financing problems cause the majority of for-sale-by-owner sales to fall apart before closing. But more importantly for you, you will almost surely not receive top dollar for your home without the exposure and competition that result from being listed. Private sales in our area of which I have knowledge have virtually without exception sold at a discount far larger than any savings realized from not paying a sales commission.
Why list with Windermere?
Windermere Real Estate has grown in its three decades from a single office to a federation of over 370 offices and 8600 agents throughout the West; we are now the fifth-largest independent real estate firm in the nation. In the city of Seattle, Windermere lists and sells nearly one half of all residential properties, many times the market share of our nearest competitor. Our size gives us the marketing horsepower to do what no other company can do for you in terms of advertising support, image, networking, and superbly trained sales associates. Our website, www.windermere.com, gets millions of hits each month and is regularly chosen by reviewers as the best in the Northwest. Studies have shown that over 40% of homes sell as a result of firm name recognition, so just having our sign in front of your home lets the world know that you have chosen the most successful company in the area to market your property. We have the brightest, best-trained and most competent agents in the industry. It's not just that we're good because we're big: we got big because we're good.
Why list with Windermere's Mount Baker office?
Windermere's unique local ownership system allows us to give the personal, neighborhood-oriented service of a small shop. The Mount Baker office, opened in 1979 as the fourth Windermere office, has a distinct local focus: most of our 40+ full-time sales and support staff live, work and are involved in community organizations in southeast Seattle. Because we are the only major real estate company with a local office, and the only local Windermere office, we can give our clients much better support. For instance, no other office in the area still tours all its new listings as a group, so you can expect from 20 to 30 agents to visit your home the first Monday after it's listed. We also have many agents eager to hold Sunday open houses, so your home will get the greatest possible exposure.
Why work with Al?
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