CITIES REAL ESTATE WITH RE/MAX
THE ENTIRE IOWA AND ILLINOIS QUAD CITIES ............................................................
DAVENPORT - BETTENDORF
- ROCK ISLAND - MOLINE AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
TOM & CYNDEE
ABR, GRI, e-PRO, CRB, MRA
BROKER OWNERS OF RE/MAX
BI-STATE - SERVING IOWA & ILLINOIS
1-563-388-0008 Office -
1-866-388-0083 Toll Free - 1-563-570-7629
Cell - 355-1616 Home
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We know you want to
sell your home for the most money, in the shortest time and with
with least inconvenience. If you want serious advertising and
effort from your agent, call or contact us for a FREE MARKET
ANALYSIS of your present home. We are both Certified Residential
Specialist by the Residential Sales Council. No obligation, of
course. Call us on our private line at 570-7629 at RE/MAX
BI-STATE or Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org - LOOKING TO BUY? Check out the
services an Accredited Buyers Representative can mean to you.
Our Goal is to provide
you with the most up to date information and Exemplary Service at
all times. Homes are an important decision and a long term
investment. When Your Money Matters, you need and deserve the
most competent professional help available. We strive to always
be on top of the market and to further our education's, that we
may be knowledgeable to give you the best service and advice at
You have decided to sell
your home. What should a good agent or company do for you? The
answer is not simple, because each home and home owner are
different. Then you must add the differences of market, time of
the year, and the list goes on. Good agents have a program that
evolves with time on the market. This has a lot to do with
keeping the listing out in front of the audience of home buyers
and making changes to seek a different audience, as well as
attempting to keep the presentation fresh.
TO EXPECT FROM A SELLER'S AGENT
- The agent will make
an appointment to measure your home. Some will give you a
pre-listing packet of aids and things to do before this
meeting or at this meeting. No good agent will give you
an exact price at this time. Beware instant numbers, the
market is always changing and a good professional will do
their research before they quote a price.
- The agent will do a
Comprehensive Market Analysis. This means they will
compare your home and amenities with at least three and
possibly more homes that have sold recently in your
neighborhood. These homes should match your home in
style, size and amenities. The homes should be similar in
age, condition and updates. If the homes have
differences, adjustments in value will be made for each
change, to make your home and theirs as equal as
possible. Once this is done, a very small price range
will appear. Your home should sell within this range.
Taking into consideration, the type of property you have,
an estimate of time to sell should be given based on
recent market statistics. This CMA will be shown to you
and explained. Properly priced homes sell quicker and for
a lot more money.
- Based on the most
probable selling price, the agent will then prepare a
cash out sheet, explaining what you will take away at the
closing table. This will include your mortgage, any
second mortgages, other liens against the property,
property taxes, interest to the day of closing expense,
assessments, commissions, attorneys, documentary stamps,
inspections, etc. This number should be reasonably close.
- Then the agent should
explain their marketing plan. How they will advertise
your home and why they choose that particular plan for
- This also the time
that you may receive a list of things the agent believes
you should do to the home to receive the highest price.
Some may be little things like dusting the furnace and
furnace pipes. Touch painting where the kids messed up
the walls or re-carpeting a bedroom. Remember, this is
not personal or an assault on your house. Some things may
not increase price, but may just help the home sell
faster. Once you make the decision to sell your home, you
are a retailer and in competition with every other home
in the market. Your home will not sell until it is the
cleanest and best home for the dollar in that market or
at least comparable to the competition. Buyers shop with
their eyes. Most have made up their minds about your home
before they even enter the door. Good agents help you to
- The agent will also
ask you what you like the best about your home, what you
would change and what first attracted you to the home.
- The agent will
explain the listing contract to you and answer any of
- A sign will be placed
in the yard.
- Your listing will be
submitted to the Multiple Listing Service within one
working day or 24 hours.
will be given instructions of how to record and handle
showings. It is always best that you are not there. Go
shopping or take a walk. People can not take
psychological possession of your home if you are there.
They think they are intruding, because they are. If you
are not there, they will take more time and the longer
they stay, the better your chances of a sale.
- Often pictures are
taken for advertising. This may include interior pictures
for the web, flyers, faxes to other offices, magazines,
newspapers and other advertising.
- An office tour may be
held some morning to allow agents from the office to see
- An Open house for
realtors may be held some morning or over lunch. (Nothing
brings out realtors like free food).
- Open House for the
general public on a Saturday or Sunday may be planned.
- The marketing program
will be put into place, Newspaper, Information boxes,
flyers, agent contact faxes, the Web, Radio, Television,
Flyers to neighbors, posting of the listing on local
bulletin boards, the list of possible advertising is
truly endless. Not everything works on all homes. Some of
it does not work on any homes. That is why your agent
will prepare a plan on what they believe is best for your
home. This often will include doing something new every
week, to change the audience and marketing focus.
- Your agent should
update you as to what is going on. Some sellers want this
done once a week. Others just want to be notified if
something is actually going on. The decision should be
yours. Minimally, you should have an update at least once
a month. I know it is hard to sit and wait. Every time
someone shows your house or you have an Open House, you
get excited. Often you may not hear from THE BUYER for
days, even weeks after they view your home. They may be
new to the market or have problems to resolve before they
can buy. Best advice is never get excited until you are
at the closing table and you already have the check. Good
agents do check up, but in the age of buyer agency, an
agent with someone interested will not tell much if
anything. If an offer is written, you will get a call to
present it. If you do not get the call, the buyer went
elsewhere. Knowing does not make it better.
- When an offer comes
in, your agent will arrange presentation. Your agent
should then explain the offer and all it's ramifications
and contingencies to you.
- A Cash Out sheet
based on the offer will be prepared by your agent for
- Your agent will
demand information about the buyers, if they are pre
qualified, pre approved (and there is a difference),
their job and time on job, debt ratio to income, if they
have a house to sell, are capable of bridging a loan,
- At presentation you
have three options: Accept, Reject, Counter the Offer.
Your agent will discuss these options and what they
believe is best for you.
- If you accept the
offer, you may be done. The other choice is to counter
the offer. It is like tennis. When you list the property,
you are announcing to the world that if someone gives you
x dollars you will sell the home - that is your serve. An
offer with other terms is a volley from a prospective
buyer to buy on his terms. You can accept this volley and
win the game or volley another proposal or compromise
back. Hopefully, the proposals are close enough that you
can put an agreement together. If not, on to other
buyers. You never just reject an offer from a potential
willing and able buyer. Your agent will assist you on
tactics based on the offer. Fishing offers usually get
minor consideration and movement in price or terms. Good
close offers may be accepted or countered close to the
- After acceptance of
an offer, your agent will coordinate inspections,
appraisal, abstracting, check or assist in buyers
financing and remind you of changing utilities,
insurance, mail etc.
- Usually your agent
will supply you with listings and assist you in finding a
new home. See Buyers Agent, he can also connect you
with qualified agents in other areas if you are leaving
- Your agent will see
that the closing is set up. That all the attorneys etc.
are there at the right place and time. If you will not be
present, (transfer), your agent will make sure your
attorney has had you pre sign the deed and given him
power of attorney to close for you and send or wire you
- Once a closing is
set, your agent will make sure you arrange final readings
of the meters and possession is agreed to.
- Your agent will also
make sure that any re-inspections are done on time and
all necessary paperwork is provided to your attorney and
the buyer's lender.
- Your agent should
coordinate final walk through with the selling agent and
- If you are purchasing
a new home, the closing of your new home will be set up.
Usually just after your present house closes.
- Finally your agent
will go to closing with you and oversee the closing,
making sure that the HUD and other papers agree with the
Offer to Purchase, will take care of any side agreements
between you and the purchasers for private property. Will
see to the exchange of keys and make sure possession is
still agreed to.
WE OFFER IN ADDITION
- First we offer ourselves. Cyndee and I have 50
years between the two of us in Real Estate. We have closed more homes than
some companies, over 2000 to date. We are both Real Estate Brokers, not
just agents, in Iowa and Illinois. Both are Certified Residential
Specialist, Accredited Buyers Representatives, e-Pro and Graduates of the
Real Estate Institute. I am also a Master Residential Appraiser, RECS and
Certified Residential Broker. Cyndee is a past Mortgage Loan Originator.
What does this mean to you? It means we have been through the wars, have
resolved major problems for our clients and are still here. We are your
Realtor's for life. Technologically we are at the top of the pyramid
and intend to stay there. Our personal site, is one of the largest and
most visited content sites in the Midwest. We ask you to enter our site,
because there are no short answers and we are committed to offer the very
best in service that is available. Brenda Peters, our Client Care
Coordinator is a super addition to our staff. She is licensed as an agent
in Iowa and Illinois. There is always one of us available to meet your
needs. Together with you, we will achieve your goals.
- We have extended tours also on realtor.com., (The
National Association of Realtors official web site). This is the largest
web site for listing information and real estate in North America.
- We are on the office web site www.davenportrealestate.com
- At www.remax.com
, the largest franchise real estate site in the United States, you will
also find all of our listings with expanded picture tours..
- We have the largest personal real estate web site
in the area at www.quadcitiesrealestate.com
with virtual tours available on your home. Our site in prominent on all
the major search engines and is listed by MSN, Google, Yahoo and most
major search engines in the top ten in most keyword searches.
- Our listings are also submitted to other sites to
increase our listings visibility to the whole web and incoming relocation
- We are members of over eight other internet
referral organizations, including, senior search and others...
- RE/MAX is the largest international Real Estate
company in the world. Over 80,000 agents and one million transactions a
year. As a result, RE/MAX dominates Atlanta, Chicago and most major
markets. The result is there are more RE/MAX referrals than in other
companys of qualified incoming prospects for your home.
- We have contracted with Media.com to advertise
our listings on channel 72, the Cable Real Estate site to give you even
- People like to see your home in person, so our
team has more open homes than normally held to give you more exposure and
to make sure that buyer has ample opportunity to find and view your home.
- Yes, we still do the normal magazines, newspaper
and other forms of advertising. Just like the standard program listed
above. Anyone can settle for average, when your money matters, maybe you
would like professionals to do what they do best? Call us at 388-0008
This is what we do for sellers in
every transaction. Our average listing this year is 28 days on the market to
sale, versus the Board average of 56 days. We are averaging 97.8% Asking price
to sale price. 94% of our listings sell if there is clear title to the
property. The above is what a good listing agent will do for you. We wrote it
because this is our market plan and it works. If you have any questions or would
like us to come out and measure up your
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