Everyone selling a property has similar questions. The most common question of all - the one we all want the answer to - is: "how can I sell my property quickly and ensure that I get top dollar?".
Well, who better to answer them than the experts in the real estate market, the agent's themselves. With years of experience and an opportunity to ask buyers directly what they want to see in homes that are being offered for sale, we ask local agents to share their expertise.
Each week we will be profiling an experienced local real estate agent and seeking their valuable insight and they will offering us the answers and information we really need to know when getting our property ready to sell.
This week we welcome you to our featured agent profile of the week, with James Nicol of Biggin & Scott Ballarat.
James has generously agreed to lend his experience and insight into the real estate market to provide those of us who are preparing to sell our homes, with valuable information, that will ensure that our property has the edge in a competitive market.
So, with the introductions complete, let's get into the questions that we all want to know the answers to...
"Tell us a little about yourself..."
How long have you worked in the industry?
My mom was an agent back in Canada during the 70s-80s. Grandpa was a developer.
I’ve been selling real estate in Ballarat for 10 years.
Can you estimate how many properties you have sold in your career?
What do you love about the real estate industry?
"Share a couple of key points about your agency..."
What is the philosophy of your agency?
At Biggin & Scott Ballarat the measure of our success is in our capacity to utilize the power of our brand to provide unfair advantage to all who engage us. We work hard to make sure our name is synonymous with superb homes and truly benchmark results. For this reason we also attract the best buyers and tenants in the market. Our approach is enthusiastic and professional.
What makes you differ from other agents?
We’re a real estate family - 24/7/365 – It’s all we do.
"When Selling Real Estate, what are the secrets to success that every property seller should know..."
What is the most important piece of advice you would provide to a seller who is getting their property ready to go on the market?
There’s no short cuts to a great result. If you’re busy counting your penny’s you’re going to miss out on dollars. Get great photos, advertise and make sure the home is presented to sell.
What is one common preparation item that is overlooked?
It sounds unusual but as a seller, get a building inspection done. With all the properties we bring to market, we make sure that the building inspection’s been done. That way there’s no surprises for the seller or buyers.
What is one key presentation feature that prospective purchasers often remark on?
The difference between an empty property and a staged property can be thousand and thousands of dollars. Invest in the result; stage the property.
We thank James very much for his time this week and for sharing his valuable insights into how we can best prepare our properties for sale. If you would like an appraisal of your property's value, why not contact James for a chat today on (03) 5331 3911.
If you need some advice or assistance to prepare and present your property for sale, Contact Us today to book your FREE 30 minute consultation.
Why not share your thoughts? What do you hope to see when inspecting a property that is for sale? Please share your ideas in the comments section.
Jo Powell is the Director of 3 Pea's Property Styling. Combining her creative skills with her accounting background to assist her clients to achieve the best possible outcomes in the sale of their property.