When you’re preparing for a home sale or purchase, one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is who will be representing you and your best interests. Here are some key things to consider, and
Why Choose GroupWatson
When you’re preparing for a home sale or purchase, one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is who will be representing you and your best interests. Here are some key things to consider, and how the GroupWatson Real Estate Team stacks up in each.
Obtaining a real estate license takes only a few weeks of classes and passing a licensing exam. After that, the new agent will sign with a broker and can start selling houses. Some agents get licensed and work for extra money on the side, or even as a hobby. Others get licensed to do other work within the industry. These agents might sell 1 house per year, or less. Full time agents often sell at least one house per month, and teams like GroupWatson tend to sell over 100 per year. Since market conditions are constantly changing, those who sell more homes will be more in tune with what buyer and seller expectations, current market trends, and will be far more experienced in the overall transaction processes.
GroupWatson has been in business since 2001, and sells over 140 homes per year, on average. Our team agents and licensed administrative staff members have over 50 years of combined experience. As a result, we sell 97% more homes, our listings sell 54% faster, and for a 13% higher price than the national average.
Certifications & Training
As stated above, the overall new agent coursework to acquire a real estate license is minimal. Once licensed, agents sign with a broker, who will usually offer additional basic training for new agents on contracts and sales strategies. After that, some additional continuing education is required, but many serious agents also seek out additional training on techniques or specialties within the industry. In addition to further training, real estate agents may obtain specialty certifications that require a combination of experience and specialized training. After several years of experience and further training, an real estate agent may obtain a broker’s license as well.
GroupWatson’s team has agents that are Certified Residential Specialist, Short Sales and Foreclosure Certified; members of Keller Williams Luxury International, and broker associates. In addition, one of our team agents is a former new home sales agent that previously worked for a home builder, and has thorough knowledge of the home building process.
Working with a real estate agent that has a strong network has added benefits. Agents who know many other agents are able to use word of mouth advertising both to broadcast new listing information and help locate upcoming properties for sale that might be exactly what their buyer is looking for. Moving out of the area? Your agent’s network may include real estate agents all around the world, so you won’t have to worry about finding a trustworthy agent to help you in your new destination.
Other people in an agent’s network will include the top loan officers, insurance agents, and contractors. Working with a well-connected agent reduces the work you’ll have to do to find the best prices on needed repairs, creative financing, and competitive insurance rates.
GroupWatson is part of Keller Williams Realty, an international brokerage with over 180,000 licensed agents. GroupWatson has made hundreds of connections with agents around the country at trainings and conventions, and has worked with dozens of local contractors and lenders. We can help you find the right person for the job, no matter what that job is. We love to be your home resources, as well as your representatives.
Being a great real estate agent means giving your clients your full attention during appointments, but for busier agents, this can mean they’re less likely to answer the phone. Part time agents may have other jobs that further divide their time, too. With buying a home being such a huge financial obligation, it’s important to have your questions answered in a timely manner.
GroupWatson Real Estate Team is made up of several support staff members, in addition to agents, so there is someone available every day to answer your most pressing questions. We also have a comprehensive communication plan, with routine reports that keep clients informed, and an app with a “transaction tracker” that’s similar to a pizza tracker, with updates and guides.
The ability to negotiate well comes naturally to some, but for most it is a craft that must be perfected over time through training and practice. A strong negotiator helps save you money, get more favorable contract terms, and helps to smooth things over in an amicable way should any problems arise.
With the amount of homes GroupWatson has sold, we’ve had plenty of practice negotiating. We’ve also attended trainings and practiced our skills within the office, so that we’re fully prepared to handle any situation in the market.
Honesty & Ethics
This may be the most important factor to consider when hiring a real estate agent. During a home sale or purchase (or both), you’ve got a lot of money on the line. In addition to strong skills, honest and integrity are paramount. There are many real estate agents out there, but not all of those are RealtorsⓇ. An agent becomes a RealtorⓇ by joining the National Association of RealtorsⓇ and pledging to follow a code of ethics for their business practice.
GroupWatson Real Estate Team takes our ethical commitment and fiduciary duty to clients very seriously. We treat your purchase or sale as if it were our own, and advise clients accordingly. We hold our vendors and associates to the same standard of practice as well. We simply will not refer any vendor, loan officer, etc. to a client that we ourselves wouldn’t work with (and most of those vendors have done work for our team members). We want you to be successful and extremely satisfied with our service, not just on closing day, but for all of the years you’ll spend in your home.
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Scott and Tammy Watson are the Owners and Team Leads for GroupWatson, Keller Williams. With 47 years of combined real estate experience, a "Client First Philosophy" is exemplified by providing excepti....