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I drove by a house I LOVE and I want to see it now – why do I have to be pre-approved to look at it?

Did you find a house you just had to see right this minute, called our office only to be told that you need to be pre-approved to see the house? Why? Most sellers only allow us to bring qualified buyers in their homes. We advise our sellers to only allow preapproved buyers to see their home. It takes a lot of work on the seller’s part for a home to be shown. They have to straighten up the house, turn all of the lights on, remove pets and kids, and get the house perfect for you to see. Because of this, they ask only for pre-approved buyers to be shown the house. This prevents nosey neighbors and buyers that cannot purchase their house from trapping through their house.

Also, if you look at a house that is well outside of your budget, you are heartbroken when you cannot afford it. Every house that you look at from that point forward will never measure up to that house. Plus, if you do love the house, you won’t be able to put an offer on the home right away. Sellers require a preapproval letter with the offer. You will have to get preapproved and then write the offer. We don’t want our buyers to miss out on a home they love – that’s why we make sure they are preapproved first!

How long have you been in the business?

I have been a real estate agent since 2004. Since then, I have built a team of professionals and trained them to sell homes just as I did. I am a big fan of the Ritz Carlton and I want every client treated as if they were at the Ritz Carlton.

When a new agent comes on our team, they are paired with a seasoned agent to learn the ins and outs of our company. We have a complex training program that positions agents to be within the top 10% of all agents in the Hampton Roads area. With all of our real estate knowledge combined, we have tens of years of experience.

How much do I have to pay the agents who sell and list my home?

We run specials all the time where we charge anywhere from 2%, 4% or 6% depending on who finds the buyer on the home. If you find your own buyer and no agent was involved on the buying side, we will charge 2%. If someone in our office finds the buyer for your listing, we can discount the commission to 4% (if agreed to ahead of time). If another agent brings a buyer for your listing, we charge 6% with 3% going to the buyer’s agent.

What kind of guarantee do you offer?

We have a no hassle listing agreement. If you’re not happy, FIRE us! If at any time you are unhappy with our service, we ask that you let us know what has not met your expectations. We ask that you give us one more shot with a different agent on our team. If you are still not satisfied with our company, we will release you out of your contract with no hassle!

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