I guess the answer to the question “How to Find The Best Realtor in South Barrington Illinois?” might depend on what you are looking for. We’re here to look at some of the ways buyers and sellers might search and who they will consider hiring as their real estate agent.
Big Box Brand Name Real Estate Companies
Selling real estate is a time long tradition and some of the companies we both know have been around for a very long time. However both buyers and sellers need to know it’s rarely the company that brings everything to the table in a real estate sale, it’s the Realtor. So hiring a Realtor on the basis of who they now work for might not be the right approach. Most Realtors move from company to company, some more than others. Why is that? It can be for a number of reasons but shows very few are loyal to their own brands.
The fact that I own my company really only helps me, it does not help buyers or sellers of South Barrington real estate at all. If I worked under another small local company or the largest local company or franchise that will not help you either. It’s all about what the Realtor offers the client. It’s about buyers and sellers finding the best South Barrington Realtor for their needs.
I started out working for a large independent company and within 2 months realized I did not like their business model. I searched for another company, I moved. I found a large franchise and stayed there for a while but frankly they offered me nothing other than a place to hang my hat. I did stay there 2 years but while there I formulated my plan to go solo and in 2007 I became the owner of Barrington Realty Company which has now been molded into a local brokerage with a niche market. That market is Barrington. About 95% of our business is in the 60010 zip code.
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South Barrington Buyers Agents
Are you in the market to buy a new home in South Barrington? Should you contact all the listing agents or one single buyers agent? Some of you prefer to call listing agents although I am not sure why. Maybe you think a better deal can be had, maybe you don’t know what a buyers agent does. I can assure you a better deal cannot be had and I can easily explain the benefits of a buyers agent.
A buyers agent simply works for the buyers only. They represent only the buyer, no allegiance to anyone else at all. The best part is we can learn about you, your likes and dislikes as our relationship grows and hopefully you learn to trust us. You’ll only have to tell your “story” about buying a new home once. That has to be better than telling 20 or more listing agents the same thing, especially as they are already dedicated to the sellers needs. You woud not want to say something that could hurt your position if you decide to buy one of these homes.
10 + important points to consider when looking for a South Barrington Realtor to help you buy a home. Does your Realtor check off all these boxes?
- Local – If we live and work here we likely know the market without needing to research.
- Local – If we have or have had children we can drive you to the schools without looking it up on a map.
- Sales – Have we sold homes in South Barrington.
- Neighborhoods – How much knowledge do we have on the neighborhoods and differences in each.
- Buyer agency experience – newbie agent or experienced in buyer agency and transactions.
- Track record of success, ability to negotiate well and achieve a purchase for you.
- Great web presence to help you search for homes, sign up for email alerts.
- In depth knowledge of financing and mortgages. (Our experience is 10+ years in the mortgage world and we try to keep up with it too. We also have client service management experience in the financial sector. All good things for our clients.)
- Patience – Not Pushy. Education, guidance, service, not scripted sales attempts.
- Full time agent – best availability for their clients.
- Tech savvy, responsive, effective. Get’s things done!
There are many Realtors working in South Barrington but many of them do not live here or ar even closeby. They travel miles and miles to the area and ultimately their buyers are disappointed primarily with their lack of knowledge of South Barrington. Search online and you might find some real estate agents with a good internet presence for South Barrington. Check where their office is located!
The number one request from home buyers is local market knowledge!
What a buyers said about our service and their experience:
Wow Corinne, You have been amazing. Corinne has been with us throughout our 1.5 year (what we thought was going to be never-ending) house search. Before we could even recognize the type of house we needed, she was on top of the game. In fact she advised us to wait and not just purchase for the sake of purchasing. In my mind I was thinking, “What kind of Realtor does not want to earn money on the sale?” But later I realized that she wanted what was best for us.
After looking at many houses, finally there was one house that really caught our eye. Right away she recognized this and began to work on acquiring this house for us. She was perseverant but never pushy. Besides all of this she is a very down to earth and realistic person. She wanted us to be comfortable with our purchase from a financial standpoint as well. Given the recent troubles with the real estate market, this was very important to us.
Corinne, Veerpal and I are grateful for the advice you gave to us. Every day we are enjoying our new home and we know that this was possible because of your hard work. You were very patient with us, and I thank you for that.
Beacon Drive, South Barrington.Rashmi Kapur
South Barrington Home Selling Agents – The Basics
If you have a home to sell in South Barrington some of the same qualities of a buyers agent are important. Local knowledge, track record, communication skills. Marketing real estate has evolved quite a lot in the last 5 to 10 years. Consideration should be given to hiring the right listing agent and sellers perhaps need to understand a little more about how the “system” works.
In the days of newspaper adverts, or glossy magazine real estate monthly publications, listing agents could wow a potential home seller in South Barrington with all the print advertising that would be done. Those days are gone and have been replaced with internet marketing. We’ll talk more about internet marketing in our next section.
Our MLS is where we share our listings with all member Realtors. It is the multiple listing service. Your home details and photos, virtual tours and aerial pictures are published so other Realtors in South Barrington who have buyers can see your home is for sale and let their buyers know. It also states the compensation offered by the listing agent should they bring the buyer.
Choosing your last Realtor. If you bought a home in South Barrington and stayed in touch with the Realtor that helped you buy the home, this might be an easy way to connect and hire a Realtor to sell the property. Yet it may not be the best solution for you.
Also there are homes for sale in South Barrington, you’ve seen the yard signs and may take a note of the name. You may be referred to a Realtor and this could be a good solution. It is not for us to say you should hire us and no-one else.
Choosing The Best South Barrington Realtor Based On Services Provided
If you are happy and content to use a previous Realtor or one referred to you, so be it. But you might want to read on so you can at least ask if they have a marketing plan for your home and find out how comprehensive it is, or how lacking it is.
As we mentioned above, selling real estate has changed, the internet is more important now in getting exposure for homes because that’s where home buyers start their home buying journey, about 90%+ of the time. It’s not good enough to add your listing to the multiple listing service and hope for the best. Sellers need pro-active marketing. Marketing that is understood by the Realtor who knows why it works and why it’s needed.
SEO Precedes Internet Marketing
SEO – What on earth does that mean? Search Engine Optimization.
Think of anything you want to and type it in the search. You’ll see millions of results and they are ranked in order of relevance to your phrase. Search Engine Optimized results will be true to your search as much as possible. In the absence of true results you’ll be served with alternatives.
Realtors looking to market themselves and their clients properties need to understand this, but it’s a long learning curve. Fortunately we started that curve when the internet started overtaking print advertising. It’s why we have an ever expanding presence on the internet.
Marketing Homes in South Barrington – On The Internet
The goal is not to say I sold your property, it’s to get so many eyes on your property that someone will buy it. It does not matter how that happens, just that it does.
By adding a home for sale to the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) places your home in front of agents. That’s the job of the MLS system. IDX, which is internet data exchange, allows your MLS details to be advertising on participating web sites. But the information is all the same, identically the same.
Identical data is not how to get eyeballs on your property. We need to be different and to showcase your home. This is easily achieved through expanded web locations, stories, photos, video and property websites. Most Realtors achieve this on a level of 0 to 20%. We achieve it 100%. Because we know what works and how.
For South Barrington homes we have several parts to our marketing plan which includes but is not limited to:
- Personal Property Website and Domain
- Social Media
- Networking With Nationwide and International Real Estate Agents
- Aerial Photos
- YouTube Video
- Featured Home on This Website
- Extensive Write Ups and Stories
If yourbefore you can put it up for sale we can help with that too. We can point you in the direction of many local service people to help you as well as help with ideas and staging. Whether you want to get ready on a dime or a few thousand dollars, we are here to help.
We are here to help you buy or sell a South Barrington home.
Contact us today. Call 847-363-3686!
A Word About Dual Agency
Sellers hire a top Realtor to list and sell their home. In the business we refer to these as listing agents. Buyers hire the best Realtor to help them find and buy a home. In the business we refer to these as buyers agent. Each is doing a different job. In the state of Illinois a Realtor can work for both the seller and buyer in a transaction.
Many buyers do not understand how this is not in their best interests, not at all. For me I see it as a total conflict in representation and so do all the Lawyer clients I have worked with. So do yourself a favor and find the best Realtor in South Barrington to do one job.
I will never practice dual agency!
But Corinne what happens if buyers contact you about buying our home?
Just because I don’t practice dual agency does not mean I am not good as a listing agent, quite the contrary. To answer the question though, I will show your home to any qualified buyer. If we get to the point of a buyer wanting to make offers, I simply pass them on to another South Barrington Realtor so they get proper representation. It’s a win win situation.