I'm not your parents' realtor...
You probably wouldn’t buy your parents' house, so why should you use parents' realtor to buy yours? Yes, I said it. Let's be honest, the times have changed. We have every single piece of information and technology available free and provided instantly at our fingertips; Zillow, Multiple Listing Service Databases, Apps and basically all of the internet. So, while I'm not dissing the 'experience' that your mom's realtor is toting around, but a lot has changed since the 70's, 80's and 90's. Especially the way we buy and sell real estate.
Remember when your grade school teacher told you how important it was to memorize your equation time-tables because you wouldn't always have a calculator in your back pocket? She's is probably the same age as your mother's realtor. Realtors don't exist just to provide information anymore. There are a lot of things I'm good at, but I'm not a walking encyclopedia and home listing database. That kind of data regurgitation is why we carry around fully charged iPhones. I will always have the answer to your question instantly, because technology gives me that ability.
When I meet with a baby boomer like many of my favorite old school home buyers and sellers, there is a lot to explain about the changes in how real estate agency works today. Contractually, we don't all represent the seller anymore for starters. And it's not only technology and real estate law that have made a huge progression. Actual architecture and design have changed too! For starters, sunkin living rooms, darkly stained woodworking and even stainless steel appliances have been traded in for the color "greige," brushed brass (Yes Mom, it's back) and refrigerator and dishwasher drawers that become seamless with cabinetry panels. And it won't stop there, change in this industry is constant. Watching the DIY network is absolutely no substitute for having actual experience to back you up.
We have all heard the saying, "They don't make things the way they used to?" Does your parents' realtor know the ins and outs of how it's changed and why? Change is not always negative. Do they know the latest Energy Efficient, Environmentally Friendly and LEED standards for new construction? And will they find these things as important as you do when they are representing your interests.
Money buys you different things then it did in the 1980's. Realtors don't exist solely to match a buyer and seller for a "win-win" transaction anymore. I'm here for the long haul. I'm not here to just sell you a house; I exist to help improve your lifestyle. In fact, I don't really sell houses at all. The right house at the right price in the right condition will sell itself. I'm here to get my hands dirty for you in the negotiations. I'm here to clarify which physical defects on a property are cosmetic and which ones could become a serious issue in the future. I'm here to advise you on how best to invest your real estate dollars and explain exactly why some neighborhoods sell at $120 per square foot while across the street homes are selling for $200 per square foot.
I’m not the Realtor® who is going to show up on your doorstep with a homemade pie (that is unless my husband bakes it), but I will get you the absolute best house for the money that you can buy and I will tell you how to improve that home in the best ways to get the equity you need for me to sell it for you at a profit down the road.