Communicating With Your Real Estate Agent?

Communication With Your AgentAll of us are in the people business because we have jobs that require interaction with others. Having worked with the public in many different settings, I know that there are certain things that are important to most people. For one thing, they want to be “heard.” Just looking into your eyes with great sincerity is not enough. Neither is just listening enough to begin formulating an answer. You want to be fully listened to.

In the Real Estate business it’s extremely important to have an agent who hears all that you have to say. Yes, you may say the same thing over and over or stating things that are incorrect. Regardless of that, an agent needs to listen with an ear to what you are and are not saying! It may take you time to figure out what you’re trying to say regarding needs, concerns, or questions because you don’t know exactly how to explain it. Or, just because something was explained to you once, you may need further clarification because the process and the terms are new to you.

Second, it’s important that the person listening to you places importance on what you’re saying. If you’re mistaken and don’t realize it, you still need to be affirmed and then given the correct information. Most agents have had the experience of having a client come in and telling them what their Uncle said about how to buy or sell a home. While the Uncle has great intentions, it often turns out there are things there that are not correct. However, it’s important to you to be affirmed and then turned in the right direction. You’re searching for information that is correct and relevant to your situation as well as new information you didn’t know about.

That’s what communication is all about. defines communication this way – Two way process of reaching mutual understanding, in which participants not only exchange (encode-decode) information, news, ideas and feelings but also create and share meaning. In general, communication is a way of connecting people or places.

The key words here are “mutual understanding” along with “create and share meaning.” When you find an agent who understands this, you have found a good thing. And, their ability to truly communicate will hopefully also be accompanied by integrity and knowledge!

Give me a call and I will really listen to you!!! Connie – 208.880.0828



I Want To Sell My House – I Think!!!!???

Sellers Collage.jpgWhen you’re thinking of selling it can be overwhelming.

  • Where do I start?
  • I’ve heard that I will have to make all kinds of expensive improvements first and I can’t.
  • Where can I get help?
  • My house is great just like it is – I’m not doing anything.  But – am I wrong?

That’s just a few of the questions you may have.  I’m here to answer your questions and eliminate some misconceptions you may have.  Actually, it is the job of every Realtor®.  When I work for a seller, I don’t just list your house and then sit back and wait for the money to roll it!!!!

Nope – I work hard from the very beginning. I start by coming to look at your house and give you a Current Market Analysis.  I also explain the first few steps to you and find out what it is that you need in order to make this successful for you.  That’s my job as your agent.

I will also make suggestions to you about “staging” your home. Things like:

  • De-cluttering
  • Possibly rearranging furniture, eliminating a piece or two, adding a piece
  • Painting and touch up
  • Securing valuable personal items and safeguarding your private documents
  • Putting away pictures that show your child and where they go to school
  • What to do when a realtor calls about showing your home

There is much, much more that we will discuss.  My main point is to let you know that I am here to work for you and accomplish your goals in this important decision.  Your may love your home and it is hard for you to sell it but, you need to.  You may not like your home anymore and so it’s an easy decision.  However, for most people, there are mixed feelings about selling this place that holds so many memories.  I want to give you all the information you need to feel good about the transaction and to accomplish the goal that has motivated you to sell your home.

All you need to do is give me a call today! Connie Down – 208.880.0828


5 Home Buying Tips

couple200Home prices and mortgage rates fluctuate. Inventory can run thin.

There are agents telling you daily to buy or sell now now now…. So how do you insure that you will be able to get sell the home you have now or even get the home you want to move into?

If you’re considering selling your home but it’s the buying of your next one that has you stuck take a look at these five quick tips to help you find just the right home for you no matter what the market is doing.

Know the Market
It’s a good start to at least know what’s going on. There are any number of online tools to help you do this, or you could just sit down with your REALTOR® and buy them a cup of coffee.

Know How Much You Can Afford
It’s important not to go in with Beverly Hills tastes and only piggy bank pocket money. Know what you can afford. This will help you narrow down your search between what’s out there and what’s actually possible.

Understand the Process
This is especially important if you are looking at short sales or foreclosure listings. It’s better to know a little about the ups and downs and what to expect rather than to rush in and suffer with frustration or disappointment.

Know Where You Want to Live
Get to know the area if it’s not where you’re from and make sure you’re looking for homes in the place you want to be. Being reasonably located to shopping, work, school, or other necessary amenities may seem like a minor thing now but it will count a lot more later when it’s part of the daily routine.

Work with a Professional
Were you expecting that one? Honestly though, a qualified real estate agent can make the entire process a lot easier. From understanding the process, to making sure you have all the right paper work, an experienced REALTOR® if worth their weight in gold.

You can start finding that perfect home for you RIGHT NOW!
And you don’t even have to search! Just go to my website and sign up for the Dream Home Program! This automated home search allows you to receive links to listings that match YOUR needs without having to login and search every day!