I'm a Realtor. Ask me anything

I'm a Realtor. Ask me anything

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mr_spock

3,020 posts

174 months

Saturday 27th June
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Expat16 said:
We are moving from Central Florida up to Charlotte in 3 weeks otherwise we could have definitely use your knowledge
We should be near you around Greensboro! Small world...

The Moose

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20,407 posts

168 months

Sunday 28th June
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Expat16 said:
We are moving from Central Florida up to Charlotte in 3 weeks otherwise we could have definitely use your knowledge
When going through the process, if anything comes up and you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a PM and if I can help, I will smile

The Moose

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20,407 posts

168 months

Sunday 28th June
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mr_spock said:
Expat16 said:
We are moving from Central Florida up to Charlotte in 3 weeks otherwise we could have definitely use your knowledge
We should be near you around Greensboro! Small world...
What's your target to be out here Spocky?

mr_spock

3,020 posts

174 months

Sunday 28th June
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The Moose said:
mr_spock said:
Expat16 said:
We are moving from Central Florida up to Charlotte in 3 weeks otherwise we could have definitely use your knowledge
We should be near you around Greensboro! Small world...
What's your target to be out here Spocky?
My wife’s there already, renting an apartment at the moment. Hoping to get a positive response on the house in the next couple of weeks, then 4 weeks to close and do required repairs for the mortgage - then I’ll come out for a few weeks. So hopefully early August. Not that there are many flights at the moment though!

Expat16

810 posts

175 months

Sunday 28th June
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The Moose said:
When going through the process, if anything comes up and you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a PM and if I can help, I will smile
Thank you, I’m sure I will have a few questions.
We were looking to buy a house in the Orlando area (Seminole County) then we had a change of jobs and a relo to NC

The Moose

Original Poster:

20,407 posts

168 months

Sunday 28th June
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mr_spock said:
The Moose said:
mr_spock said:
Expat16 said:
We are moving from Central Florida up to Charlotte in 3 weeks otherwise we could have definitely use your knowledge
We should be near you around Greensboro! Small world...
What's your target to be out here Spocky?
My wife’s there already, renting an apartment at the moment. Hoping to get a positive response on the house in the next couple of weeks, then 4 weeks to close and do required repairs for the mortgage - then I’ll come out for a few weeks. So hopefully early August. Not that there are many flights at the moment though!
Fingers crossed for you! My bro went from here to LHR about a month ago - I presume there are flights going the other way also!

The Moose

Original Poster:

20,407 posts

168 months

Sunday 28th June
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Expat16 said:
The Moose said:
When going through the process, if anything comes up and you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a PM and if I can help, I will smile
Thank you, I’m sure I will have a few questions.
We were looking to buy a house in the Orlando area (Seminole County) then we had a change of jobs and a relo to NC
There are worse places to be than NC! Especially if you can spend time outside the city! What is it you do?

Expat16

810 posts

175 months

Wednesday 1st July
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The Moose said:
There are worse places to be than NC! Especially if you can spend time outside the city! What is it you do?

It's my wife who works for a large corporation. We moved from the UK back in 2016 and received our green cards last December

Pothole

31,362 posts

241 months

Wednesday 1st July
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Why do so many of you add a letter/syllable between real and tor?

The Moose

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20,407 posts

168 months

Wednesday 1st July
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Expat16 said:
The Moose said:
There are worse places to be than NC! Especially if you can spend time outside the city! What is it you do?

It's my wife who works for a large corporation. We moved from the UK back in 2016 and received our green cards last December
Congrats on the GC - I hope you enjoy the move smile

The Moose

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20,407 posts

168 months

Wednesday 1st July
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Pothole said:
Why do so many of you add a letter/syllable between real and tor?
No idea.

It should be pronounced Realtor, not Realator...however many people (even Realtors) add the extra letter in the middle. I don't know if it's ignorance or just lack of caring.

I mean, you're not a docator or acator...

I don't mind if the general public get it wrong - heck if those with the accreditation can't get it right, then how can everyone else?!

Countdown

28,932 posts

155 months

Friday 17th July
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The Moose said:
My wife and I are part-time Realtors here in Florida. We mainly use our licenses for our own personal (sales/rentals) transactions etc. Having said that, we of course have to go through all the classes, the training and join a brokerage etc.

That being the case, I know there are some PHers who either have property in the US or are considering purchasing/selling property in the US and if you have any questions or would like any advice/assistance, I'd be happy to do my best at answering those questions here. smile
Why would being a Realtor help in buying and selling lots of properties?

I'm guessing that "US Realtor" <> "UK Estate Agent" and that it's more than just putting buyers/vendors in touch with each other. I've purchased/sold lots of properties but never felt it would be easier if I was an EA.

The Moose

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20,407 posts

168 months

Friday 17th July
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Countdown said:
The Moose said:
My wife and I are part-time Realtors here in Florida. We mainly use our licenses for our own personal (sales/rentals) transactions etc. Having said that, we of course have to go through all the classes, the training and join a brokerage etc.

That being the case, I know there are some PHers who either have property in the US or are considering purchasing/selling property in the US and if you have any questions or would like any advice/assistance, I'd be happy to do my best at answering those questions here. smile
Why would being a Realtor help in buying and selling lots of properties?

I'm guessing that "US Realtor" <> "UK Estate Agent" and that it's more than just putting buyers/vendors in touch with each other. I've purchased/sold lots of properties but never felt it would be easier if I was an EA.
6 main reasons, in no particular order

1. Commission - the 5 - 6% commission that is generally split between both sides of the transaction adds to or eats into profit (depending)
2. Access to data - yes, through Zillow etc you can get some data, but not as much as you can get through the MLS. The data available is more extensive and over a longer period of time. Also the search functionality is more in depth and allows you to view super specific detail about almost any property. There is so much you can do with the software, I have only scratched the surface
3. Kinda on the same topic - when listing for sale, being able to put the properties on the MLS generates significantly more interest than if it's just on Zillow/Trulia as 'For Sale By Owner'
4. Education - knowing as much as possible about the process helps me strategically plan - we now know so much more about the process than when we started which works to our benefit, including financially
5. You get taken more seriously by all involved in all parts of the chain - lots of places also offer Realtor discounts/commissions. I haven't actually been paid out or saved money because of this but I do feel that I generally get better service
6. Properties listed for rent/sale generally have an electronic keybox system to allow access to properties. Being Realtors allows us access to this keybox system giving us the ability to view whatever we want pretty much whenever we want without having to fit it in with someone else's schedule - viewing on our own is so much nicer than with someone else

Oh, and I guess I'd say it was a hobby/passion of mine and I enjoyed the education and learning. It's also good to network.