Century 21 M&M Relocation; Your Moving Solution

Century 21 M&M Relocation“Relocation, whatever the reason, job opportunity, moving closer to family, even a change in climate or scenery, can be exciting and challenging at the same time.” Courtesy of Century 21 M&M Relocation.

According to the Wall Street Journal (Jan2011) people are moving to to fast growing cities, especially young career-minded people and entrepreneurs looking to start businesses.

Whatever the reason, selling your existing home and finding a new home, in a new location, can be a challenge. Century 21 M&M Relocation Department can help coordinate your move and make the transition smooth and stress-free.

Certified Relocation Agents
Century 21 M&M Relocation will help you find a real estate agent who is not only certified, but also familiar and experienced in the area you are relocating to. Our agents are able to help you find the right home quickly.

Century 21 M&M Relocation Realtors are required to complete certification courses and undergo background checks before they can assist you.

“Comps” Provided Upon Request
Upon request, Century 21 M&M Relocation Agents will provide “comps” – a comparable analysis report of the local housing market to help you obtain a stronger understanding of property values and market conditions, for not only in the area you are moving to, but also in the area you are moving from. Email us at Relocation@c21mm.com today to request a “Comps” report.

Century 21 is Global
Century 21 not only has offices nationwide, we have over 121,000 agents in 171 countries, so wherever you are relocating we can recommend a Realtor trained and qualified to assist you. Contact Century 21 M&M Relocation today at 1-800-479-7900 or email us at Relocation@c21mm.com.

Choosing a Home Sellers Agent

Why should you call a Century 21 M&M Agent? “Because they are filled to the brim with caring, and patience and plain English translations…Century 21 Agents – Smarter, Bolder, Faster!” Courtesy of the Century 21 Smarter, Bolder, Faster advertising campaign.

Selling your home, Century 21 M&M Real EstateWhen choosing a home sellers agent, the seller has many things to consider;

Should you hire a friend or family member? It is important to use tough standards when selecting a real estate agent to sell your most valuable asset, friendship isn’t enough. Know those standards ahead of time, before entering a real estate listing agreement, just as you would before you hire an attorney, accountant or physician.

Interview at least a couple real estate agents before choosing a home sellers agent. Don’t let yourself get caught up ‘in the moment’ because of a slick presentation. Normally you will sign a contract to list a home with a specific agent for a specified period of time. So if you find yourself in the situation where you may be unhappy with the service you receive, you may have to wait out the contract before you can switch to another Realtor.

Don’t choose an agent just because they agree on your selling price. If the home is priced properly, it will get lots of traffic and your potential for an offer is increased. It is smart to hire an agent who has done their home work and can provide you with ‘comps’ in your area. Century 21 M&M agents are trained to come to the presentation with comps and prepared to answer the hard questions.

Ask the Realtor you are considering, to provide you with references on recent sales. Check those references and find out how that agent’s clients feel about their selling experience. Remember, it is not necessarily how long a Realtor has been in business, a newer agent may make up for lack of experience with enthusiasm and a ‘can do’ attitude.

Don’t list with an agent just because they agree to a lower commission. Realtors invest their own money in order to market and advertise your home; professional photos, open houses, fliers, videos, etc. They also invest time getting the word out, and when you the lower the commission – you lower the incentive for an agent to invest time and/or money to market your home.

Choose a Realtor associated with an established brand. Century 21 is a well known brand, not only in the United States but also world wide. Century 21 M&M has a phone staff that is available longer hours and is committed to making sure that you are able to speak with a live Realtor that can answer your questions. In addition, Century 21 M&M syndicates their agents listings to key real estate sites online, not only local but also nationally.

Don’t assume that all Realtors know the same things just because they all passed the same test. The real estate market changes constantly and Century 21 M&M provides ongoing training so that their agents can stay abreast of the changes.  Century 21 M&M agents are also encouraged to take specialized courses and acquire professional designations.

When it comes to selling your home, the best agent is the one who will do the most effective job of marketing your property, negotiating the best price and walking you through the process of selling your property. Century 21 M&M agents are ready to meet with you, answer your questions and sell your property.

Home Inspection, Top-to-Bottom Peace of Mind

Home InspectionThe average homeowner spends 15 minutes or less making a decision to buy a house.  A qualified home inspector may take  several hours to inspect a house, top-to-bottom, looking for potential problems that could cost the home owner tens of thousands of dollars down the road. Skipping a home inspection could be the biggest financial mistake you ever make and cause plenty of heartache.

Neil Weese, Sales Manager for Century 21 M&M Merced, Los Banos and Livingston says, “I strongly recommend to my clients that they hire a home inspector. The expense is minimal, usually a couple hundred dollars, and a home inspection offers the owner peace of mind knowing that the home is safe.”

“It is important to hire a home inspector that is not only certified, but also one that understands the history of residential construction. For example, say a home was built in the 1950’s, it may still have the original electrical service, wired to Code in the 1950’s. The electrical panels installed during that time period were non-grounded and usually 60 -100Amps. Are they safe? Yes…as long as the panel isn’t overloaded and the breakers aren’t arcing, then the panel is considered safe. However, if it was my home I would pay a couple hundred dollars to have the panel grounded,” said Weese.

With a checklist, a home inspector will examine every aspect of your house, top-to-bottom. Then they will inform you with a written report (and photos), of problems, suggested repairs or maintenance issues.

A home inspection, even with a checklist, is only as good as the inspector. In order to avoid problems due to an inadequate inspection,  contact one of Century 21 M&M Recommended Venders, get referrals and/or contact The American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc. (ASHI).

So that you will know what the home inspector is looking for, take a look at this Home Inspection Checklist.

Choosing a Homebuyers Agent

When purchasing a home you look to the real estate professional for advice and guidance – developing a partnership of sorts. You, the buyer, are looking for a homebuyers agent to help you find the perfect home.

During the process of buying a home, it is the job of the homebuyers agent is to support you in finding that perfect home with the best possible terms, and to aid you through the entire process.

Century 21 M&M agents are trained to explain the process of buying a home, and familiarize you with the various activities, documents and procedures that you will experience throughout the transaction.

Here are some qualities a Homebuyers Agent should have:

  • Knowledgeable about the communities of interest to you
  • Aware of the complicated local and state requirements affecting your transaction
  • Effective in multi-party, face-to-face negotiations
  • Highly trained, with access to programs for continued learning and additional certifications
  • Technology-savvy and focused

So, how do you find a Homebuyers Agent?

Start by asking for referrals. Ask your family and friends who they have worked with, and if they had it all over to do again, what questions would they ask, and, what would they do differently? Contact a Century 21 M&M office and ask customer service which agents specialize in the communities you are interested in living in.

Go to open houses. Walk a few open houses in the neighborhood you would like to live in. Talk to the Realtors at the open house to determine whether or not the agent has the type of personality that you can work with. Talking to the agent should give you a good feel for what to expect from them. First impressions are priceless!

Look on the Internet. Read what the agents have to say on their websites. Do they provide you with useful information? Do they sound knowledgeable? Check to see if the agent, or broker they are associated with, has reviews at Yelp or Google Places. Pick a couple of Realtors that seem to fit your personality, then call and schedule a face-to-face meeting.

Interview the agent(s). First of all, is the individual accessible and professional? Is the individual knowledgeable? Were all of your questions answered to your satisfaction? Make sure the real estate agent has your best interest at heart and the experience to do a good job.

Remember that you will be spending weeks, sometimes 100’s of hours, with the individual that you choose to be your Homebuyers Agent. So it is important to get it right – choose a Realtor® that is knowledgeable, effective at negotiations, tech-savvy and experienced in the type of transaction involved in moving you into that perfect home.

In Northern California, feel free to contact Century 21 M&M customer service at (800) 350-1548, or search for agents by language, title or accreditations.