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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Is your Real Estate Agent up with Today’s Changing Real Estate Market?

As a real estate agent you should be in constant contact with your sellers regarding showings, open houses and market trends. This is a relationship just like any other and you should find an agent that you can communicate well with, after all selling and buying property is a big deal and a commitment, you don’t want to put your future in just anyone’s hands. Along with the relationship, consider the real estate agent from an intelligence perspective. Does he/she have an edge on the market?
It takes more than a MLS listing, property fliers, and a “for sale” sign in your yard to sell your home in today’s market. Make sure your real estate agent has real leading edge housing market intelligence.
Complete Property Website, Your agent should have a complete, custom website for each and every property that is listed for sale. Deb Tebbs has a dedicated marketing team to ensure that each property listing has placement on both her website; and her company website;

Virtual Tours, Photos of your property are automatically created into a short video tour for buyers to view to give them a better feel for your home. The tour is designed to show buyers what makes your home unique by showing professional photos, adding text description of features and even adding music if you feel it promotes the feeling of your home. After the virtual Tour is created Deb Tebbs group will sent it to you as a client to approve the tour before uploading it onto various websites.
YouTube Channel; All listings by Deb Tebbs Group are automatically syndicated to YouTube and are proximately featured on Deb Tebbs Group YouTube Channel.

Your personalized property view chart; your real estate agent should be able to tell you how many people are looking at your property. These stats will give you a good idea of how your property is priced.
Social Media and Blogging, your agent should have vast real estate market knowledge and not be afraid to tell buyers what to expect in the local real estate market. Any real estate agent that wants to sell also needs to be up to speed with the latest tools available online. This means putting their company and listing on all available marketing channels. Think not only Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, but real estate specific sites, such as Active Rain, Trulia, and Zillow.

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Trading up at a discount in Central Oregon

With interest rates dropping to new lows at the end of the first week in October and 30-year fixed-rate conforming loans available with an interest rate of less than 4 percent; home sales would be at an all time high. Not the case; during the same week, mortgage applications dropped 4.3 percent.
When are homebuyers holding back? It could be that current economic news is anything but encouraging.
Some buyers who can afford to buy today and would like to take advantage of low interest rates are holding back due to fear. There is risk involved in buying a home in today’s market; prices could move lower before they improve. There is also risk if you want and need to buy and you postpone it.
When the foreclosure inventory that has overshadowed the home-sale market diminishes and the job market improves, the housing market will pick up. In areas with a shortage of inventory, home prices are likely to move upward.
Last year, home prices become stable briefly; then the market softened again. We did find however that the best homes in the most desirable locations and offered at the most competitive prices sold. This is the reason that Deb Tebbs has 8 pending sales for the month of December. The Central Oregon real estate market may be slow, but top real estate agents are still producing sales. Half of these pending properties are in desirable locations such as Tetherow and Broken Top golf communities.
In these uncertain times, should you buy a home? Before you can answer that question, you need to find out if you can afford to buy. If you can, now is the best time to buy real estate, pricings are at an all time low. Properties in the most desirable neighborhoods in Central Oregon that may have been out of reach at one point in time are now in your market.
For some buyers, it’s a good time to buy. Let’s say you’ve outgrown your current home and need a better school district. If you can sell or rent your small home and qualify to buy a bigger house in a better location that will last you for decades, you could buy at a discount. The key is making sure that you are working with a knowledgeable real estate agent who knows that market and understands your needs.

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What Really Sells a Home, and why choosing your Real Estate Agent is important.

The real estate market in today’s world is up and down, and the real estate market in Central Oregon is no different so we ask; what makes some realtors continue to be successful? We look at the market in Central Oregon and you can’t help but wonder how brokers such as Deb Tebbs and real estate companies such as; Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty continue to be successful. Cascade Sotheby’s sold over $150,000,000 in property in the last year. And it is said that Bend Area real estate isn’t doing so well.

The truth is that the agents, like Debbie Tebbs, that are making profits in today’s market have a vast knowledge and understanding of how to properly sell homes. They do their research on current trends in marketing and use a strategy in order to get properties in front of potential buyers that fit their specific real estate needs.

A successful agent knows that they need to be out there to sell properties and obtain new listings. They need to be on the phone doing follow ups and making sure the clients they do have are happy and at the end of a transaction are thrilled to give a referral. Today more than anything an agent needs to go above and beyond the expectations of their clients.

Today’s flourishing agents are able to understand the current trends in marketing and how it can benefit their business. For example, Facebook is more popular than ever and being social is now a part of marketing a business. What some people don’t understand is that social networks, websites and blogs require consistency. You cannot start up a page and expect everyone to flock to you with listing requests and purchase offers.

Today a top agent can’t count on one avenue for leads. They must embrace the internet and create a presence that is consistent. An online strategy should be in line with physical marketing as well.

Another thing that successful agents of today are is available. When a client needs to reach you, you need to be available or be quick to respond with the answers they need and listens to what you say. If you have ever spent time with a top selling real estate agent you know they rarely put down their cell phone or get too far away from their lap top.

Being a successful real estate agent in Bend, Oregon or anywhere is tough, no matter how the local market is performing. It is more than a full time job, it is a lifestyle and ask any top agent around and they probably can’t tell you the last time they took a day off. Something to think about when you look at what sells a home; how much of sale is the home and how much is the broker who listed it. This is also why it can’t be emphasized enough that you want your real estate agent to be knowledgeable, available, and smart with perspective clients and have a marketing strategy that sets them apart from others. They should have that understanding is really what sells homes.

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