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    Buyer Realtor Questions

    Congratulations on your decision to buy a home and put down roots! Since this is such a big step, be sure to interview several agents before picking one to represent you. Finding the right real estate broker is essential for the home buying process.

    If you’re unsure of where to start, start with your friends and family. Ask them for referrals, especially those they’ve personally worked with and loved. Reach out to these brokers and ask to set up an appointment. Take notice on how quickly they respond to you. If they don’t return your call or email within 24 hours, we suggest you move onto someone else. Personally, I expect someone to get back to me within 2-3 hours.

    Here are some sample questions to ask your Realtor:

    What do you want to know about me?

    Just a general question but can get you pretty far in getting to know your Realtor.

    How long have you been in real estate?

    A very important question to ask your potential real estate broker. The longer a real estate broker has been selling, the more transactions they have likely completed.

    Are you a full time Realtor?

    Buying a home is a time consuming process. It is important that your Realtor is available when it’s convenient for you. A part-time Realtor may not be able to offer you enough availability to do so.

     How many buyer clients have you worked with this past year?

    Buying is a completely different process than selling. There are different tasks involved in these transactions. It’s important your Realtor knows how to run the buying process smoothly.

    Can you provide me with testimonials?

    Every broker should be able to provide you with a handful of testimonials. Read these through thoroughly and see what the previous client had to say about your Realtor.

    Do you have an online presence?

    A real estate broker with a strong online presence will have connections within the local real estate market through social media. These connections can be invaluable to those who are buying a home. You’ll be able to tap into the local real estate market and find a home perfect for yourself, even the properties not on the market.

    Do you attend home inspections?

    There are some buyer agents who attend inspections and those who don’t. It is important for your Realtor to attend the inspection for many reasons.

    What methods of communication do you utilize?

    Communication is one of the biggest complaints clients have regarding their Realtor. It can be lack of or method of communication. If you prefer that your buyer only email you, make sure the Realtor is able to email. This goes for any method of communication you prefer.

    Here are some additional questions you might want to consider:

    What tools do you have especially for first time home buyers?

    What areas do you primarily work?

    Will you be showing me homes or will your assistant?

    Are you willing to work with me if I find a home FSBO?

    How do you negotiate deals?

    Do you handle the inspection negotiations?

    Do you attend the walk through?

    Do you attend the closing?

    How do you feel about dual agency?

    What qualities differentiate you from other Realtors?

     

    Questions? Contact me at homesalesinyourarea@gmail.com.

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    Gina Casner

    In 2016, I began my tenure in real estate as a licensed Executive Assistant for a leading real estate training coach and subsequently for high-producing real estate teams. I very quickly fell in love with real estate and by 2019, I transitioned into personally helping clients turn their dreams into keys. After dozens of transactions, I have been dubbed the “unicorn hunter,” finding out-of-the-box solutions for clients looking for a home with unique requirements. In addition to managing my real estate practice, I am involved in providing community education on responsible home ownership through my exclusive Path to Home Ownership workshop series. I also am the founder of Chronically Strong, an organization that promotes mental health awareness and suicide prevention in our local communities. I take a holistic and individualized approach to real estate. Buying or selling a home in Central PA can be complex, sophisticated and often a deeply personal endeavor. Your experience should mimic the high level of customer service all of my clients have, while being very specific to your own individual needs. I work with a team of experts to provide a full, complete experience that only a cohesive team can consistently provide. Working with us, you will be given personal attention in every aspect of your home buying and selling experience with the professionalism and consistency of a thoughtful business model. And yes, superior results will follow! On a personal note, I attribute my success not only to my passion for helping clients execute on their next “big move”, but also to my knowledge regarding the psychology of buying and selling. My clientele works in diverse industries with an emphasis on technology, finance, medicine, law, and business. My real estate practice has grown successfully and consistently thanks to the repeat business of happy clients and their introductions to friends, family and neighbors. This track record is only possible because we deliver both results AND an enjoyable experience. Growing up, my family moved frequently all across the continental U.S., but you will hear me say that I am from California because that is the longest place that I lived during my formative years. Moving became a way of life for my family and each place I lived became a part of my story. It taught me that our home truly is the foundation of everything in our lives, and it is this belief that compels me to work hard for my clients when they are buying or selling their home. In many ways, our home becomes a part of our identity, an identity and memory that should be honored. I have been accused of being tenacious and super honest. I like to win (for my clients) but do so with a calm demeanor and a smile. I live in a raised ranch home in Lower Paxton Township with my main squeeze, my teenage son, and our very spoiled dog, Ginger. I have mad faith, and truly believe that each and every one of us is capable of great things. I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors’ in Sociology. There is a running joke in my family that every day I go to real estate school because every day my clients teach me something new. I continually invest time, money and thought into the latest sales, marketing and negotiation techniques. Why? Because I believe that you deserve to have the best working for you. I want to live life on my own terms, and am committed to helping you do the same. Would you like to work together? Please reach out. I look forward to hearing from you! Gina

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