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7 Ways Referrals Can Make Your Move From Pensacola A More Pleasurable Experience

If you are relocating from Pensacola to another city, getting a referral to a Realtor in your destination city can make the entire relocation experience much easier.  Here’s why.

1. You are assured of an experienced and qualified agent at your destination.

All real estate agents now should be doing extensive networking on the internet and in person. If they are not, they are falling behind in the level of service they can provide to their clients. I regularly network with Realtors all over the country and have gotten to know many top notch professionals. Networking-Referrals-XSmall

2. Big name real estate companies have plenty of inexperienced agents.

If your plan is to call one of the major real estate offices in your destination city, you will likely speak to the person who is scheduled for floor duty at that time. Floor duty refers to the time an agent sits in the office and takes phone calls. How many truly successful agents would you expect to be taking floor duty? The successful agents are out in the field working with clients. It’s the new and inexperienced agents that are most likely to be at the office taking phone calls and hoping for leads.

3. The real estate agent knows they better take good care of you.

If I am referring you to a real estate agent in your destination city, I have already told that agent that you are extremely important clients and they know to take good care of you. I follow up on all referrals to ensure quality service. These real estate agents want more referrals, so they want me to hear only praise from my clients who I send to them.

4. You just made the best contact you may ever make at your destination.

When moving to a new city, who you know can make a world of difference in the quality of your experience. Where can you find: an honest mechanic, the best hair stylist, a good accountant or attorney, trustworthy childcare, and the list goes on. A quality real estate agent will be a rich resource of information for you, not just while looking for a new home, but for years after buying your new home. These quality agents live on referrals and they want to be there for you when you need them.

5. The real estate agent is a motivated winner.

How do I know the real estate agent I refer you to is a motivated winner? Because I meet my contacts through forums that are only frequented by agents who insist on consistent growth and continued education. They are on the forums to learn and improve their skills and expand their networks.

Many of my contacts come through the Council of Residential Specialists, a group of real estate agents furthering their education through the CRS program. Others I meet through educational forums and blogs. I know from their correspondence and feedback from their clients that they are experienced and ready to do the best job possible for any referrals I send their way. These are the winners who are out growing their businesses, not the whiners who sit at the office and talk about how tough the real estate market is for agents.

6. Reduced stress on you.

You have enough problems to worry about when moving. At least you will know that you have a good real estate agent when you reach your destination. I have already made sure of that.

7. Time savings.

If you planned on interviewing several real estate agents and hoped you would connect well with one, you just saved hours of time by getting a referral.

If you are relocating from Pensacola Florida to another city, I highly recommend  that you Contact Me for a referral. I will find a top quality real estate agent for you that will help you settle in at your destination with the assurance you will be well taken care of.

Put another way, a referral ensures that you have someone in Pensacola and someone at your destination that truly care that your relocation is a complete success.

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How Important Are Pictures For Your Listing?

If your agent tells you that pictures are not that important, find a new agent.

There are plenty of professional qualified agents in Pensacola who can take great pictures.
Pictures are VERY important. If there are 5 houses a prospective buyer wants to see, and that buyer only has time to see 3 homes on a given day, wouldn’t you expect that those three homes would be the ones with the best features and pictures. Maybe that prospect will visit your home on another day, but maybe that prospect already found the perfect home before ever seeing yours, because the other home had pictures in the MLS listing.

Remember the old expression:  You don’t get another chance to make a good first impression.

Without pictures, your only impression may be an entry in the Pensacola MLS and not the home tour you are hoping for. St_regis_Kitchen_Trashed_RS450

Most people are very visual creatures and need to see pictures to truly spark their interest. The more good pictures, the better.

Now I have to say that if your home is ugly, cluttered or downright trashed, pictures may be a bad idea. Don’t ever display a picture like this one.

Want to see more really bad pictures (not from the Pensacola MLS). Click here to see some truly bad MLS photos from around the country. This guy has a great since of humor.

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