If you are anything like we were making a move here in 1999, you're thinking ... I just want to look at houses and I don't really want some Realtor bothering me! We've been there ... we get it!
Are you looking for a house, but not sure if you really need a Richmond Realtor?
Maybe you do ... maybe you don't!
First off ~ let's talk money ~ 99.99% of the time our fees are paid by the seller even in the case of a For Sale By Owner (we work with them all the time). That other .01% when it just isn't in your benefit to have us around, we let you make the choice, but will gladly let you go if you don't want to pay our fees at closing. So the real question is: why not? If you already have an agent ... feel free to look around and use our site as a resource! Be sure to make note of the MLS numbers in your search and pass them along to your agent!
If you are asking yourself what's the benefit ... how hard could it be ... you find a house, call the agent on the sign or website, negotiate a price and sign a contract ... piece of cake! Honestly, we're so glad it isn't that easy or we wouldn't have a job! The short answer is to just imagine something you're good at ... everyone is good at something ... you've been doing it for many years ... would you consider yourself a good resource? Of course!
Here is a great recent example: We walked in to a new homes site to write a contract with some of our best clients (3rd purchase with us). We looked at all the options, lot choices, etc. and asked the site agent a simple question: How negotiable has the builder been with pricing? Response: We haven't had to negotiate with any of the sales yet! WHAT?!?!?! Long story short, we submitted an offer to the builder for 10,000 less with a bunch of other reasonable incentives. Done deal! Now that's ten grand and some incentives that I'd love to have as a buyer! Just like that ... we make lifelong clients and friends!
Now ... you might be thinking ... that's easy, I could do that! Here is where experience comes in handy: We knew the agent for many many years. Sold several of the builder's homes in the past. Knew the area, other homes, resales, etc. What does all of this matter? Simple: The agent knew us and the builder knew us and they both knew that we always bring great clients and great families into their communities ... PRICELESS VALUE! WIN WIN all the way around! Sometimes it's all about who you know and not what you know!
Are you looking for a house, but not really a Realtor? Maybe you've had a bad experience ... who knows ... we don't hold it against you! If you don't trust anyone ... don't want anything to do with Realtors, etc. then it is probably best to stick it out on your own and make the best of it. You'll undoubtedly be satisfied that you at least made your purchase on your own. We make a habit of making friends with most of our clients, so people in this category don't usually make it into our group of clients. No hard feelings! Feel free to keep using our site ... we're always here to help!
Are you looking for a Realtor? Great! You've made it! You've had a good experience in the past or it is your first home purchase and you still believe there are good people out there to help you along your path in life! We agree! We're not really big on promises ... we just pledge to do for you as much as we would do for ourselves ... our experience takes care of the rest!
Are you just browsing for the fun of it ... not really looking to make a move? It is fun to look at houses ... we do it all the time! We even get on and look for our dream home for fun sometimes! We watch home improvement shows and surf Pinterest just like the rest of the world! So have fun, look around and give us a call when your ready!
The Melton Team has been selling homes in the Richmond area for over 12 years. We pride ourselves on being the internet real estate experts in the area. We sell single family homes, new homes, town homes, condos, land and more. We service the following areas: Richmond, Chesterfield, Midlothian, Henrico, Hanover, Powhatan, Goochland and more.