Studies show that people tend to move every 5 to 7 years on the average and own roughly 3 to 4 houses over the course of their lives. So during the time when you are not considering a move, you don’t need a Realtor, do you?
Well, maybe you do… just not for the reasons that you think.
Real Estate is a Constant in Our Lives
You interact with your home every day.
You come home to it every night and leave it in the morning. You pay taxes on it each year, you pay the bank to own it, and you pay contractors to fix it. You put down mulch in the spring, mow the lawn in the summer, rake the leaves in the fall, and shovel the walkway in the winter.
And that’s where we come in, even when you don’t plan on selling. We know housing and can help offer guidance along the way.
1. Contractor Referrals
So much of what we do every day involves interacting with the people who provide services to homes, both directly and indirectly. We know who does what, their reputations, and their customer service.
Is your roof metal? Or is it modified bitumen? We have people that know how to fix both.
Are you walls plaster? Or sheetrock? Or do you want to put up shiplap? We have people that do that.
Or are you considering solar? Yep, we know all about that, too.
The bottom line is we have a list of Richmond’s best service providers and we would love to share it with you.
2. Tax Assessments
Have you ever been shocked by the county raising your assessment? Yeah, we have, too. And we can show you how to combat it.
The goal for any county (or city) is to maximize their revenues to pay for schools, fire, police, etc. and yes, as citizens, we need to pay our share. But a poor assessment can result in you paying more than you need to.
We have helped more than a few clients understand how to combat an overzealous assessors office.
3. Adding Value
So what happens if you spend $20,000 improving your home? Do you improve your value by $20,000? More? Less? It depends.
One of the most difficult things to understand is what drives value in housing. Even more confusing is the fact that what adds value in one home or one neighborhood might not work in another.
At the end of the day, we can help you understand the best way to spend your hard earned dollars so that when the time comes to sell, you get all of it back, and more!
4. To Get the Inside Scoop
Why is there a ‘zoning case’ sign across the street from us?
What are those bulldozers doing over there?
Who just bought that office building and why are they tearing it down?
We pay attention to what is getting built, where it is being built, and who is doing the building. We also pay attention to zoning, development, population trends, and a host of other factors to help us know what is going on.
So while we don’t proclaim to know everything, we do know a lot. And when we don’t, we know who to ask to find out.
We are a resource
Even if you aren’t buying or selling right now, we still consider you a client. If you have a question, ask.
No agent who is worth their salt ever wants to see someone make a poor decision, especially when a 5 minute call could have made the difference.
And, no, you are not bothering us — it’s what we do.