I apoligize if I asked this before- regarding realtor advertising
Hello- I am sorry if I have asked this question here- I couldn't find it, and I forgot where I asked it! Cheesebrain...
I will be putting my home back on the market. This is a very small rural town- northern Wyoming. So far, I have found the realtors about like the medical here- about 15 years behind times....ahhh.
The realtors I have talked to- there are not very many- do not believe in advertising in the newspapers- they say 'nobody reads a newspaper anymore'. I then asked several people what they thought about this, and they replied that when they looked for a house/property the first place they DID look was the local newspaper!
I am wondering if the realtor is right, or just too cheap to put an ad in the paper??
Also, it seems that I know of more internet sites for real estate than the local realtors do. Sad.
The realtor I had last year wanted 7%, advertised 1 time in the local paper, in the 'area' MLS and the 'national' MLS. At the end of 6 months she finally advertised in the local 'Real Estate Guide'. She didn't even put a 'For Sale' sign up until I insisted. This is supposed to be one of the 'better' agents..:( I also asked to be notified weekly about what they were doing to promote the house- after 3 months of not hearing from her, I called and asked why not. The response was; 'Well, what do you want me to tell you- it is listed in MLS and our own website- what else do you expect?'. I was in shock/pissed/flabbergasted!
I have the feeling that these guys/gals just want the commission to fall into their laps without doing any work. I think the idea that they 'are working for me', just isn't there.
I don't want to make a mistake again with a realtor- but they all seem to be pretty lazy...
What exactly should I expect of a realtor? My home was recently appraised at $300-325,000. I could see not spending much money if it were only worth $70,000-150,000- ... None of them believe in an Open House, either. That might be realistic, though, as this is a small, rural town- not a bunch of Sunday lookers I would imagine.
I also have an issue with the last realtor- due to my very severe asthma/COPD, I asked for 'no shoes- or use provided shoe covers'- due to the fact that when someone comes in from outside they bring in dust/pollen/mold- something that can send me into the Emergency Room/Intensive Care Unit easily. To a lesser extent I also want shoe covers because my house is on 20 acres of ranchland- meaning dirt and mud. The last realtor did not do this even though it is listed in the realtor papers, and they walked outside/in the barn before coming into the house and literally 'ground in' a large amount of soil into the white master bedroom carpet. That room is closed off because I really can't go into a carpeted room due to the asthma/COPD, and didn't look at the room for several days after they showed it- it has been cleaned 2 times professionally since- but I can still see marks... If I redo the floor with new wood florring, it would have ground in dirt and scratched new wood flooring- I feel like I'm 'damned if I do, damned if I don't'.
I have also asked for letters of pre-qualification (I don't need to see them, they are just for the realtor, so both she and myself are not wasting time). She said she does that with everyone, then I found out that none of the other realtors do it- so I am wondering if she really does or not... If I ask this of the next realtor- how do I know my request is being followed by the other realtors not from her office? (I am disabled- it is pretty hard/painful for me to have the house absolutely perfect for a showing, and I DO want it perfect when it is shown- I don't want to be making it PERFECT for a' Looky-Loo', who can only qualify for a $150,000-200,000 house).
Please tell me what I can reasonally expect from a realtor.
Also- a post from earlier was about the seller moving out before closing- I certainly would not move out before closing as there have been many 'last minute' buyer back-out that I am aware of. When my neighbor sold a few years ago, the buyer backed out 3 days before closing- they were screwed! It will be about $10,000 for my furniture to be moved to my winter house- I certainly am not going to pay that, then find out a buyer backs out and have to spend another $10,000 to have my furniture moved BACK!! I asked the realtor about a large non refundable deposit/earnest money- she said $1,000-2,000 is about all I will get for earnest money because people just can't afford any more than that. That makes no sense to me- if they can't afford $10,000-20,000 down on a $300,000 home- how can they afford to buy? Maybe I don't understand the deposit/earnest money. I paid for this house when I bought it. The winter condo- much, much smaller- $100,000- I had to put down $4,000 earnest money. Up here they say $500 is normal.
Please let me know what I should be able to expect from a good realtor up here!
Thank you all.