Setting expectations and communicating with our clients is a huge part of our job as REALTORs. When we first start talking about buying a home or selling your home, we like to talk about expectations. 

Expectations: what are you expecting? 

Many of our expectations come from our past experiences, the media, and what the people we know and trust are saying. 

What will I pay for commission to sell my house? 
How many houses will I have to look at before I get an offer accepted? 
Is it realistic to submit an offer below list price? 
How long will it take to sell my house? 

By the way, if you want the answer to any of those, just reply to this email and we can talk one on one, 

Here are a few expectations that anyone entering the housing market right now should expect:
1. Higher interest rates than a year ago
2. More homes for sale than anytime in the past 2 years
3. Homes staying on the market for longer
4. More buyers cancelling escrow
5. More clients able to have a contingent sale in which they are buying their next home subject to their current home opening and closing escrow

The media highlights the negative. What we have seen in my brokerage in the past month is a lot of positives for clients. Client wins include: getting a contingent offer accepted so that you can sell and buy at the same time without having to do a rent back; getting a buyer’s request for a seller credit approved; a home going into escrow quickly because it was priced properly. 

We are not going to make a guarantee or promise to our clients that we can’t perform on — it is unfair for you and unethical for us. We can promise that with every transaction, we give our absolute best service, provide responsive communication, and put integrity and compassion at the center. Selling or buying a home can be stressful and emotionally draining, and we act as the calm guide taking you from A to B. Wondering how to get there? Send us a message, text, email or call!

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