There is no greater pleasure we receive than to go out to a home and meet with potential sellers. We preview the home and look at ways of increasing its value while evaluating it’s sales potential. And, we get to meet face to face with the seller and speak with them about what they’re trying to accomplish. We’re not here to just sell homes, we solve puzzles.
Selling a home is like putting a puzzle together. You must uncover all the pieces, put the corners together, and identify if there are any missing pieces. Once you’ve laid the foundation, you can make decisions. Once sellers open up about what the goals are and we identify the obstacles, we can begin solving the puzzle.
Sometimes there are multiple decision makers, and they can’t always be in SW Florida at the same time, or at all. We can still view the home and communicate over the phone, but it loses that face to face, and getting everyone on the same call can be challenging too.
The Ellis Team has added virtual meetings to help. We can meet with up to 50 people at a time, and we can communicate face to face even if we’re thousands of miles away. A few years ago we sold a home to a couple from Dubai. We didn’t meet them until months after the closing, but we met face to face regularly.
Not only can we meet face to face, but we can share with the entire group listing comparables on screen, ways we will advertise their home, and go over all the details of the listing right on screen. If they have questions we can cover those line by line.
Virtual Meetings Solves the Puzzle with Sellers and Buyers
This is really helpful when we have spouses in two different locations. Many times one is leery of signing all the documents without going over it with their spouse. Now we can all go over everything together. We can show them their net sheet so they know how much they’ll get at closing and they can ask questions. We can even present multiple offers and let the sellers choose the best one.
Buyers love this service too. An Ellis Team agent can go over contracts line by line. We can also view listings together and talk about which ones they like or not. They key word is together. Better communication helps buyers and sellers make better decisions.
We have all the technology and equipment on our end. All the buyer or seller needs is a computer, Internet connection and a web cam if they want us to see them. If they’re missing the web cam, we can still show them everything on our screen and have a conversation.
Most laptops, tablets, and smart phones have web cams, so that’s not really an issue anymore. Yes, a buyer or seller can use their tablet or smart phone with our virtual meeting technology.
While the technology is just one more example of how we help our clients stay one step ahead of the competition, it really just comes back to improving communication. Real estate is a communication business, first and foremost.
Some get lost in the glamour of selling exotic homes or meeting famous people. For us, it’s all about connecting with people and solving puzzles. If technology can help us do that better, then we’re all for it.
It’s not just the first meeting that counts. Listing a home is a process. Sometimes it’s necessary to meet to go over marketing strategy, shifts in the marketplace, evaluate new listings that enter the market, new solds that affect appraisal, or talk about inspection issues. Virtual meeting technology means we can meet just about anywhere, anytime. We don’t have to get everyone to the same location. It makes us more efficient, which means our clients can react faster and make better decisions.
If you’re looking to buy or sell in SW Florida, put our team to the test. We look forward to meeting you face to face, and that can be in person or online. Don’t worry about the details, we’ll take care of that. Call us at 239-489-4042 or visit our MLS Search Site
Good luck and Happy House Hunting!
Last week we highlighted two listings we felt stood out for value and included them in our Bargain Listings of the Week. We are happy to report both sold last weekend. Today we have another another listing that stands out!
Ellis Team Bargains of the Week
31 Lagoon St-5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths-Pool. Waterfront-seconds to River-Private dock