Q: How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? (While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate, like many other professions, is mostly learned on the job.)
A: Since October 2006 Real Estate has been my full time job.
Q: How many homes did you and your company sell last year?
A: I sold 55 homes in 2014 totaling $6 Million in Residential Real Estate Sales.
Q: What types of specific marketing systems and approaches will you use to sell my home? (Look for someone who has aggressive, innovative approaches, not just someone who’s going to put a sign in the yard and hope for the best.)
A: I will send you my custom made Seller's marketing proposal. With my KW Tech Training background, I use nothing but the best, cutting edge technology. The Craig Group's marketing approach is like no other and is highly unlikely to be duplicated.
Q: Will you represent me exclusively, or will you represent both the buyer and the seller in the transaction? (While it’s usually legal to represent both parties in a transaction, it’s important to understand where the practitioner’s obligations lie. A good practitioner will explain the agency relationship to you and describe the rights of each party. It’s also possible to insist that the practitioner represent you exclusively.)
A: We will review the agency disclosure form and discuss whatever questions you may have.
Q: Can you recommend service providers who can assist me in obtaining a mortgage, making repairs on my home, and other things I need done? (Keep in mind here that real estate professionals should generally recommend more than one provider and should tell you if they receive any compensation from any provider.)
Q: What type of support and supervision does your brokerage office provide to you? (Having resources, such as in-house support staff, access to a real estate attorney, or assistance with technology, can help a real estate professional sell your home.)
A. I will make this as short as possible, but it is hard to make this answer short, when Keller Williams Realty, Inc. has received so many awards for its greatness. In 2014, Keller Williams was name Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security by Inc. magazine for commitment to financial and physical wellness and also received an award by J.D. Power and Associates for being Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Home Buyers and Home Sellers to name a couple.
Keller Williams Realty New Orleans is the Number 1 Office in the New Orleans Metro area for the entire year of 2014. Keller Williams Realty New Orleans (KWRNO) sets extremely high standards of ethics and professionalism for all of its agents and is intensely focused on providing them with the training, support, resources and technology they need to ensure that our clients’ interests come first and that they receive the highest level of service possible.
Being an independently owned and operated franchise, KWRNO has the best of both worlds. We benefit from the support provided by Keller Williams Realty International in such areas as technology, marketing, agent training, international market presence and an incredible network of self-generating referrals of potential buyers from outside our local area who are relocating to the metropolitan area. However, since we are an independent company, Keller Williams Realty New Orleans has the ability to structure itself to meet the needs of our local market and clients. This is what we call the “Small Company Within A Large Company” concept and it benefits our clients as much as it does the company and its agents.
Q: What’s your business philosophy? (While there’s no right answer to this question, the response will help you assess what’s important to the real estate practitioner—fast sales, service, etc.—and determine how closely the practitioner’s goals and business emphasis mesh with your own.)
A: I am dedicated to increasing the number of home owners in Orleans Parish and all surrounding parishes and educating my clients on their real estate transactions while promoting their best interest throughout the process. I am also committed to helping sellers obtain the highest marketable price for their property in the least amount of time, while keeping them informed about all of the options that are available to them in the current marketplace.
Q: How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction? How frequently? Using what media? (Again, this is not a question with a correct answer, but that one reflects your desires. Do you want updates once a week or don’t want to be bothered unless there’s a hot prospect? Do you prefer phone, e-mail, or a personal visit?)
A: For Sellers: I send out a weekly update via email that includes statistics about how much traffic your property is getting as a result of my marketing plan. See also attached Sellers Marketing Proposal.
For Buyers: I am committed to keeping you informed via your preferred format (phone, email, text).
SELLING? Our Team of Experts will work closely with you, listening to all your needs. For each of our clients, we extensively research the market to come up with the best selling price and marketing strategy to insure that your home is listed at the proper price to sell in a timely fashion. We are highly motivated and organized people putting your best interest as our TOP priority.
BUYING? We would LOVE to assist you in finding your “dream home.” We pay excellent attention to your housing needs as we search for the perfect home for you. We know the area well and will give you insight on what might work best for your family and personal interests. We will devote our time to help you and your family find your dream home as if we were looking for our own. There are so many lovely homes in the New Orleans Metro & Northshore Areas, Our Team is sure they can find the perfect one for you within your price range!
We would be honored to earn your trust and help you find your own place to call HOME!
Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will probably ever have to make. Having the right real estate agent by your side representing you is very crucial to having a successful real estate transaction. Experience matters. When you choose to do business with The Craig Group of Keller Williams Realty New Orleans, you are choosing a team of experts with 20 years of combined real estate, marketing and sales experience. Our agents truly care about YOU and your needs. Give us a call today and let us guide you through the real estate process 504.382.3724.
We are your one-stop source for real estate services covering the New Orleans Metro Area, including The Northshore! We take a different approach, one that is built on personal touches, giving you professional results for a positive and memorable experience!
Never Settle For The Rest When You Can Have The Best!!!
Looking for a partner to help you negotiate the complexities of selling a home, you have come to the right place. The experience, dedication and strong communication you will receive here will help ensure the successful and profitable sale of your home:
1. The Local Advantage - Take advantage of a broad spectrum of technologies and tools to support the sale of your home from contract to close.
2. Internet Advertising - Since the lion's share of home buyers starts their search on the internet, top placement on search engines is essential. You will gain access to placement on Google, Trulia, Zillow & Realtor.com websites, just to name a few. This will maximize your exposure and bring a large number of potential buyers to view information about your home.
3. Email Campaigns - It's important to "work the network." We can work together to identify the right people to target your home-and get in touch with them by email to drive excitement and interest.
4. Personal Touch - Of course, technology alone will not sell your home. Face-to-face interaction provides an advantage to selling your home, which leaves less hassle for you! The details will be handled with care and constant communication, to ensure the marketing and sale of home go according to plan.
Call us Today, We would love to WOW you!
How To Price To Sell And Still Make A Profit:
The asking price you set for your home significantly affects whether you will profit in the sale, how much you will profit and how long your home will sit on the market. Your real estate agent's knowledge of the overall market and what's selling - or not selling - will be invaluable in helping you determine the price. The objective is to find a price that the market will bear but won't leave money on the table.
Here are some points to consider: Time. Time is not on your side when it comes to real estate. Although many factors influence the outcome, perhaps time is the biggest determinant in whether or not you see a profit and how much you profit. Studies show that the longer a house stays on the market, the less likely it is to sell for the original asking price. Therefore, if your goal is to make money, think about a price that will encourage buyer activity (read: fair market value).
Value vs. Cost. Pricing your home to sell in a timely fashion requires some objectivity. It's important that you not confuse value with cost - in other words, how much you value your home versus what buyers are willing to pay for it. Don't place too much emphasis on home improvements when calculating your price, because buyers may not share your taste. For instance, not everyone wants hardwood floors or granite countertops.
Keep it simple. Because time is of the essence, make it easy for the buyers. Remain flexible on when your agent can schedule showings. Also, avoid putting contingencies on the sale. Though a desirable move-in date makes for a smoother transition between homes, it could cause you to lose the sale altogether.
Practicing Good Seller's Etiquette
Let's face it: When your house goes on the market, you're not only opening the door to prospective buyers, but also sometimes to unknown vendors and naïve or unqualified buyers. As with any business transaction, there is an expected protocol to how sellers, buyers and their respective agents interact. Should you find yourself in a sticky situation, alert your agent so he or she can address and remedy the problem.
The aggressive agent
When your agent puts your house on the market, typically all promotional materials state clearly that your agent is the primary contact for buyers and buyers' agents. However, sometimes a buyer's agent will contact a seller directly to try to either win over their business or cut the seller's agent out of the deal. This is not reputable behavior and you should report it to your agent immediately if it happens to you.
The unscrupulous vendor
Have you ever started a business or moved into a new house and suddenly found your mailbox full of junk mail? Unfortunately, this also can happen when you put your house on the market. When you sell your home, it necessitates all kinds of new purchasing decisions and less-than-ethical vendors are keenly aware of this. Though MLS organizations enforce rules on how posted information is used, some companies have found ways to cull information from various sources to produce mass mailing lists. If you find yourself regularly emptying your mailbox of junk, let your agent know. He or she can tap the appropriate sources to prompt an investigation into the matter.
The naïve buyer
Yard signs, Internet listings and other advertisements can generate a lot of buzz for your home. Some prospective buyers - particularly first-timers - will be so buzzed to see your home that they'll simply drop by. If this happens, no matter how nice these unexpected visitors are, it's best not to humor their enthusiasm by discussing your home or giving an impromptu tour. Instead, politely let them know that your real estate agent is in charge of scheduling tours and provide them with the agent's contact information. If you attempt to handle these surprise visits on your own, you might inadvertently disclose information that could hurt you during negotiations down the road.
About Alicia & Jeff:
Alicia Lagarde Craig, is a native of St. Bernard Parish and a licensed REALTOR® in the State of Louisiana since 2006, serving Metropolitan New Orleans & the Northshore. Most of our business is centralized in the City of New Orleans due to the location of Uptown Office, although I service all of the New Orleans Metro area, including Jefferson Parish and the Northshore. I am a graduate of the University of New Orleans, holding double major degrees in both Finance and Business Administration with a minor in real estate. In addition, I have extensive experience in both the Sales and Cosmetics Industries, but my first passion is Real Estate. There I combine the best of my analytical, artistic and customer service skills to the benefit of both my buyer and seller clients. As an agent for Keller Williams Realty New Orleans, I maintain a professional relationship with my business partner and fellow REALTOR®, Jeff Craig. Jeff is also my brother-in-law! Both Jeff and I hold Historic Home Specialist Designations, which makes us especially valuable to our clients who are looking to invest in old New Orleans homes.
Jeff Craig, a native and resident of New Orleans, is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and a Keller Williams Realty New Orleans REALTOR serving the entire metropolitan New Orleans area. He specializes in residential real estate in the Uptown, Mid-City, City Park, Carrollton Lakeview/Lakefront and New Orleans East neighborhoods. In additon to his skills as a professional realtor, he brings to his clients twenty years of management and marketing experience from the local hotel, tourism and convention industry.
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