Communication is Key When Selling Crested Butte Home
Communication is an essential part of your relationship with your Real Estate Agent.
Ask how the agent will communicate with you? The best response from the agent will be, “How would you like me to communicate with you, Mr. & Mrs. Seller?”
If you live outside of Crested Butte, then you will not likely be in Crested Butte throughout most of the showings, the offer/negotiation, or throughout the contract contingency stages, so it will be tough to meet face to face regularly with your real estate agent.
Would you prefer a weekly phone call update, descriptive voicemail messages, text messages or email updates? Candid messages via text or email may be best for you. If you have an urgent issue, sometimes a short, descriptive text message and “can you call me” is best.
It is frustrating when calls get missed, dropped, or it takes hours to get a notification on a smartphone. When there are record numbers of visitors in Crested Butte and everyone is posting a photo to Facebook and clogging up the cellular bandwidth, things get weird.
While business is done at the speed of light and expectations are for immediate response, many mountain towns have poor cell coverage and it is not uncommon for remote homes to be out of cell range.
A good real estate agent will be busy during peak times of the year when there are many Crested Butte homes for sale, and will have many clients who are buyers and sellers in various stages of a transaction.
If you leave a voicemail, it is better to be short and to the point with your question or issue (instead of just saying “please call me”). This way, the agent may be able to do some research and call back and with an answer. I try to reply as soon as possible, and at a minimum provide confirmation that I have received the message.
Communication is important when there are issues. You will be relying on your agent to be accessible and responsive during crunch time. He or she is also your eyes and ears, and may need to call on his or her stable of local resources to deal with issues.
Discussing the Value of Your Home
Don’t have “happy ears.” Just because an agent gives you a big number does not mean it is correct.
This may be exactly why you don’t want this agent representing you. How does the agent justify the price? What does the market really say about the value of your home? Hire the agent who does his homework and provides a market analysis of the Crested Butte Real Estate market with justification for your home’s value.
How is the Crested Butte Market doing? Click this link to see my monthly Crested Butte Real Estate Market Reports.
Letting Your Agent Know…
Note, as a seller, if you are not happy with the service you are receiving from a real estate agent, you should talk with them about it.
Believe me, Crested Butte Luxury Real Estate agents have thick skin and want to please their clients. Every agent is different, and so is every seller, so tell them in “plain Texas talk” what needs to change. If they can’t or won’t change, then don’t renew your listing with them. There are many Crested Butte Real Estate Agents to choose from – but provide the agent the courtesy of letting them know up front.
A good agent will ask you to sever your current agent relationship before you decide to start working with them. (It is also okay for you to tell agent #2 to call agent #1 and let them know; I have made many of these calls.)
I hope you see the level of detail and time and effort I put into this candid article Communication is Key When Selling Crested Butte Home. I have become a Top Real Estate Agent in Crested Butte by providing my clients with information and insight. This helps my clients to make informed decisions. Some decisions are not always easy.
This article is an example of what you can expect from me as your agent.
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