When selecting a real estate agent online, both buyers and sellers like to learn about the agent to help make a decision about hiring them or at least interviewing them to help with their real estate needs. The world wide web has opened up the ability for anonymous interviewing on a client’s part and transparency on the agent’s part.
The days of hiring an agent based on quantity and dollar value of sales are long gone, at least in my opinion. Volume of production tells you nothing more than a number. I am sure you would prefer to learn a little about the agent’s character and what their speciality is within the real estate market to help you decide if I am the right agent for you.
My business is about 70% buyer representation and 30% seller representation.
Corinne Guest, Primarily a Buyers Agent in Barrington
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When considering a Realtor to help you look for one that specializes at least to some degree in what your circumstance needs. Corinne has been selling homes in the Barrington Villages for 13 years and rarely goes beyond her territory. As a Realtor that focuses more on buyers she has the experience and skills developed over hundreds of buyer transactions that have caused her services to be referred where other Realtors have either failed or are providing mediocre buyer agency service.
Fully Understanding a Buyer’s Goals
Corinne has established through years of experience that buyers want a more invested level of service from their broker when buying a home. To provide that she needs to fully understand a buyer’s goals before looking at property.
For Corinne’s buyer clients she’ll:
- Help identify the best places in Barrington for a home based on your criteria.
- Work with expertise and skill towards making sure you do not select the wrong property.
- Provide you with specific experience in the fields of new construction, relocation, equestrian homes, luxury properties.
- You’ll benefit from advanced skills on pricing, offer strategies, negotiating contracts and likely outcome scenarios.
- Communication skills are top notch, keeping her buyers informed.
- Corinne is responsive to questions via email, texting, calls or whatever her buyers prefer.
- Lighting fires if needed to move things along.
- Corinne works with buyers looking for an elevated level of service.
- No usual nonsense sales pitch here!
Corinne is someone who will diligently fight for your interests and rights. She’ll be as involved in your home purchase as you want and need.
It goes without saying that Corinne deals with all the paperwork along the way but does not ask you to sign anything until you have a clear understand if it’s content. She’s there for all your questions, no matter how many times you ask them. Her commitment to her task in finding you the perfect dream home is supported by her testimonials.
Before Working Together
You may be interested in how many homes Corinne sells, what her production is, she hopes it does not matter. Corinne does not sell 100 or 200 homes every year like other agents tout as a measure of success. That’s just not what she wants to do, nor does she see that as the best way to service her clients.
She doesn’t operate a team either. Corinne wants to know what’s happening with your home purchase at all times. That means when you text, email or call you’ll actually “talk” to Corinne, your Realtor® / Broker and no-one else.
Corinne believes balancing family time, her pets and giving back, are critical to a healthy life, alongside her job!
Are We a Good Fit
Corinne wants to sit down with you before you start working together. This is a relationship business and a good relationship will vastly contribute to a successful partnership. As Corinne says:
Agency relationships must be built on trust. Before we start working together I need to know I can trust you. You need to know you can trust me. We both need to be sure we are a good fit for each other. I do understand sometimes it is not possible to have a meeting, so a phone conversation at the very least will protect you and I from making an error in judgement.
Buyers should also understand that while Corinne does not force buyers to sign any agency agreements to work with her, those that do automatically get priority. It’s simply because a written contract outlines the terms whereas a handshake does not. It’s your choice.
Property Sellers – Her Choice
The 30% of Corinne’s business that is working for sellers means she carefully selects the properties and clients she will work with. Typically sellers seek Corinne out because of her expertise in relocation, attracting buyers online, equestrian properties. She also works with previous clients and referrals.
My work life is balanced and my dedication to all clients is never compromised.
Corinne’s marketing is heavily geared to the online presence because that’s where buyers are. From individual property websites, blogs and network groups, your home or property will get extensive internet exposure. Corinne does not offer open houses, print advertising or broker tours.
Corinne’s Recipe for Effective Results
Corinne understands that every client has unique requirements and circumstances and that while the real estate process is a well trodden path, the journey to achieving a successful transaction will be different each time. Flexibility in being able to adjust schedules, combined with a high level of responsiveness to changing needs, are essential elements that enable Corinne to provide her clients with the very best level of service and support.
Corinne is an entrepreneur at heart and a specialist in her business. She firmly believes that clients should always be treated with respect and honesty and expects her clients to do the same for her. It’s why Corinne is highly committed to the clients that will commit to her as their Realtor, and this common respect and courtesy contributes to successful sales in the luxury, relocation, new homes and equestrian property markets.
Life When Not Working
Real estate is a demanding job with clients expecting Realtors to be available almost all day long every day of the week. However there is flexibility in the job and when not working Corinne is either:
- Out playing with her Golden Retriever Finlay or taking him for walks along the country trails.
- Helping her son with his auto performance shop in Schaumburg.
- Watching a golf tournament.
- Working on the next home DIY project.
You’ll find Corinne to be an easy going, but knowledgeable and committed Realtor who loves matching buyers with their perfect new home. She’s lived in the Barrington area since relocating here from England in 1997.
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