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Why should we list our home for sale with you?

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Answer: You should hire us for the same reason that hundreds of sellers use us year in and year out. They know that they can depend on us to get them the most money, in the shortest amount of time, with the fewest hassles and the least amount of risk.

Our No Risk or Obligation Home Marketing system offers benefits that the ordinary agent does not. Our program offers flexible commissions to put more money in your pocket, a client reward program when both buying and selling that actually rebates cash back to you, a cancel anytime policy, and more … Read More >>

I heard that there are limited service agents who charge less. Why shouldn’t I hire the cheapest agent?

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Answer: Everyone wants to get as good a deal as possible and net as much money as possible when selling. But if you save 1%-2% (which is typically what a discount broker will save you) on selling costs and then sell your home for 5%-10% less, obviously you haven’t saved anything. 1% disappears pretty quickly when you are negotiating the sale of a $500K+ piece of real estate.

Selling real estate is all about getting as much exposure as possible. The fact of the matter is we can sell your home for more. We have the track record we do … Read More >>

Why do you sell so many homes?

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Answer: Due to our extensive radio and TV campaigns, more buyers and sellers are more familiar with us than any other agent in Southern California . Additionally, experience, product knowledge, doing the little things right, effective marketing programs, and our skilled team all add up to positive results. Every field has people who, through their drive and passion, manage to excel.… Read More >>

Are you too busy to sell my home?

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Answer: No. While we sell a lot of homes we sell them one at a time. The fact that we have a large staff means we have more time for our clients. Matt Battiata, the Broker and Lead Agent, has more time for our clients because he has a lot of help behind the scenes. Compare this with the agent who is trying to do everything themselves. … Read More >>

Why do your homes sell so fast ?Do you price them too low?

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Answer: Absolutely not. We make it our business to know the market, so we can ensure we get the highest possible price for our sellers. Our homes typically sell for 2.4% more money and in significantly less time than the average agent because of the effective marketing we do. We accomplish this by first doing a supply/demand analysis in the immediate area for any home we consider marketing. All agents have access to the same market information. It is the evaluation of what that information means to the marketing of a home that matters. X-rays mean nothing until they are … Read More >>

What is your “Guaranteed Sale Program”?

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Answer: Once you are out of the first time buyer price range, everyone is faced with the dilemma of whether to buy first or sell first. . Either way is tricky, because you could end up owning 2 homes or none at all. In addition, most sellers will not take a contingent offer. Our Guaranteed Sale Program solves this problem. We guarantee your home sold, in under 60 days, or we’ll buy it ourselves. That way our clients can go out and shop for their next home without worrying about whether their home will sell or not. Call for details … Read More >>

If we list with you, will my home be on the internet?

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Answer: Absolutely! All of our yard signs, as well as our TV and radio ads prominently feature our website address. No other local agent offers that benefit. Our media promotion drives thousands of buyers to view homes on our website. Your home will also be prominently featured on Realtor.com, the number one real estate website in the world, as well as AOL.com and MSN.com. To increase buyer interest in our properties we’ve secured a featured homes position. Per Realtor.com our listings are viewed twenty times as often as a regular listing on Realtor.com. According to the National Association of Realtors … Read More >>

If we list with you, will we be on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)?

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Answer: Again, absolutely! Any agent who does not place your home on MLS is doing you a huge disservice. With over 24,000 agents in Southern California, it is important to tap in to that agent base of buyers. Also, if you are not on MLS you cannot appear on Realtor.com, the number one real estate site on the internet.… Read More >>

Why should I use a team vs. a single agent?

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Answer: Because times have changed. No one agent can be everywhere at the same time. Let’s suppose an agent has a relocation buyer in town. For three or four days they have to be with just that one buyer, a dream scenario for the agent, but not so for you. They are unavailable to show your home, they are unavailable to get feedback on showings, they are unavailable to negotiate contracts or inspection reports, and so on. Also, most agents are either great at people skills or great at paperwork. Rarely will they excel at both. Unfortunately, today’s real estate … Read More >>

Shouldn’t I pick an “area specialist” to sell my home?

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Answer: There are agents who focus primarily in one geographic area or neighborhood. But buyers come from all over Southern California and even other parts of the country, not just from this part of the state. So an area specialist usually really means “listing agent” in the area. Many years ago the real estate business was successfully composed of lots of small “boutique” offices – where companies did specialize in a certain area or part of town. But computers, the internet, and cell phones have changed that aspect of the real estate business. Now the important points in selecting an … Read More >>

Once I have reviewed your No Risk or Obligation Listing package, then what?

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Answer: Contact our office by email or phone, and we will set up an appointment to meet with you. We will tour the home, go over recent market activity in your area to educate you on values, and make recommendations for maximizing your profit and increasing your speed of sale. … Read More >>

How long does it take to get my home on the market?

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Answer: Once we have a signed listing agreement and a spare key, we can have your home on the market within 24 hours. However, it usually takes a day or two for the sign company to professionally install the sign. … Read More >>

Can I save more money if I buy and sell through you?

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Answer: Absolutely! If you are selling and buying, or selling more than one house, ask about our client rewards program.… Read More >>

How do you set the price for my home?

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Answer: We will meet with you to review a complete market analysis of your home, evaluate supply and demand for the area, and examine property condition. At that point, we can guide you to the correct range of pricing. … Read More >>

I’m out of town. Can you handle the transaction for me or will I need to come back to town?

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Answer: We can take care of all the details from start to finish without you needing to come to town. We have handled sales with clients living as far away as Australia and the Middle East . We simply need a key and your fax number to get started.… Read More >>

I need to sell my home right away. Will you buy it?

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Answer: We offer, in addition to our traditional home selling service and Trade Up Program, a guarantee buyout program. If your property qualifies, we can purchase it and close it in less than 10 days. However, it is rarely in your best interest financially to select that path. We typically can obtain up to 20% more value for your home if we put it on the open market. So the guarantee buyout is really for people for whom time is more important than money. Just contact us and we will show you the best path for your particular circumstances. … Read More >>

My home needs some repairs. Do you know any service people that can help?

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Answer: We have a number of service people whom we have used in the past and are happy to recommend to you through our concierge program. Simply contact our office and ask about our concierge program. … Read More >>

I don’t have any money to fix up my home. Can you still sell it in its current condition?

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Answer: Absolutely! Just like any home, we will simply evaluate the condition issues, supply/demand in the neighborhood, and pricing relative to those factors. … Read More >>

How long is your listing agreement for?

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Answer: For ease of paperwork, we typically use a six month period. But remember, unlike most agents, you are free to cancel anytime. … Read More >>

I am currently listed with another agent and want to cancel. Can you get me out of my listing agreement with them?

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Answer: Unfortunately, if you signed a listing agreement with another agent, you are bound by that agreement. You certainly can approach the broker or agent to address your unresolved issues, and some agents may let you out of your agreement early. However, our “cancel anytime” policy towards listings does not give us the authority to cancel other agents listings.… Read More >>

What if my plans change and I don’t need to sell my house?

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Answer: You may cancel your listing at anytime. … Read More >>

Will you be representing me or the buyer?

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Answer: We always represent the seller on any home we have listed for sale, which means our objective is to get you the most amount of money and the best terms possible. The real question is whether we will be representing the buyer as well. In the event that we have a buyer for your home, it would fall in the category of “Dual Agency”. In that scenario, unless you have instructed us in writing otherwise, The Battiata Real Estate Group would represent both parties. … Read More >>

What is “Staging”?

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Answer: Staging is preparing your home for sale so that it shows well to potential buyers. We have a professional accredited Interior Design Stager on staff so that we can make your home look as appealing as possible to a buyer. Studies show that a staged home sells for significantly more than one that has not been staged. This is especially true in  Southern California where we have so much new construction – buyers are used to looking at model homes.… Read More >>

Is there a charge for Staging?

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Answer: No, there is no charge for this.… Read More >>

Who will take the pictures of my home?

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Answer: Great question! Unlike most agents who click a few dark or blurry pictures of your home, we use the #1 real estate photographer in Southern California on all of our listings. Buyers and agents will decide whether to view your home in many cases based on the pictures. No matter what you are selling – and real estate is no different – you want the product presented in the best light possible.… Read More >>

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