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Home Selling in Myrtle Beach

When you think of the home selling process, what comes to mind? Maybe inconvenient showing times and unqualified buyers? Possibly a long and tedious process, paired with overwhelming frustration, and sprinkled with a bit of anxiety? While some people, unfortunately, do not have the best experience, the home selling process can actually prove to be a very painless and exciting adventure for individuals, couples, and families. There are many factors that go into your home selling experience, and one of the main ones being the team you have in your corner representing and working for you. The right real estate agent can make all the difference in getting your home sold fast and for top dollar, as well as helping to avoid the pitfalls that can prove to be frustrating and a waste of everyone’s time. In today's blog post we are going to be talking about a few mistakes that we want you to avoid when it comes to selling your home and red flags to keep an eye out for that can end up hurting you. 

What mistakes do I want to avoid when selling my home?

There are a few mistakes that you do not want to make when you are trying to sell your home, and keeping an eye out for these and can make a big difference in your selling experience. Many people are so focused solely on the sale of the property that they do not stop to think about things such as house keys, lock boxes and the security of the home during the selling process. At Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts, when we list a home we go to great lengths to make sure that your home is secure and that we are not allowing people in that should not be there.

First off, it is important to understand the gravity of the internet these days as it can be both your best friend, as well as a source of unwanted attention. Depending on your realtor and where it is listed, most anyone can go online to see your property listing and therefore you are exposed to a great number of people. And while this can be a great asset as more eyeballs equal more potential offers and buyers, you want to be aware and cautious of the exposure as well. The key to it is to make sure that you are giving access only to the people that are qualified to see your home and not some stranger off the street. Now, most people are qualified because they are there with a realtor, but these are potential instances that we want you to avoid because we see them every day.

10 biggest home seller mistakes

Now you may be saying to yourself that most homes are secured with a lockbox to avoid this very issue. And while this is true, some realtors use old and weak technology that does not stand up against intruders. You may have seen the lockboxes where you have to arrange the numbers to get in to retrieve the key, and we can assure you these are still very popular and very unreliable. Think about it: if the realtor is not protecting the code, the people that are with the realtor will be able to see what the code is and can, therefore, access the house at any time.  Same goes with the old push code lockbox as you can almost hear which numbers are being entered.

If the realtor does not change the code after each showing, which most realtors do not as it is a hassle, the people they are with can access the home at their convenience, and as many times as they want. Here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts we do not use old technology as we want to make sure that your home and property are secure at all times to avoid putting you and your home at risk. What makes us different? We use an electronic system that is much more sturdy and trustworthy. What is the difference in the old lockboxes and what we use? Well, in order to access our lockboxes, you have to have an app on your smartphone, be a realtor in our area and also have an appointment prior to (meaning, you can not just walk up to the door and get the key) in order to access the box. We are able to track what time that agent went into your home or condo, as well as know what time they left. There are also emails that are sent out after the appointment, an automated phone call and a few other things to follow up on the appointment. Again, we want to make sure your home is secure and your keys are not lost or end up in the wrong hands. We want to help you avoid these rookie mistakes as they are things we see every day and are the reasons that we bring you these blogs each week.

Tips for Selling your home

Another issue that we want to make sure to help you avoid when trying to sell your house fast is the thought process that you are going to get the proper attention and traction you need just by sticking the listing on the MLS and on social media. One thing we do very well here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts is getting your property and the listing out there in front of numerous people. The more people the listing is in front of, the greater chance you have of obtaining multiple offers, therefore allowing you to be picky with which offer you end up choosing. That is also how you get maximum dollar, and in some cases, even above asking price. Getting the listing proper exposure is one of the reasons why we are so good at what we do and have such great success rates, as well as many happy customers.

mistakes to avoid when selling your home

What should I do if I am interested in selling my home in Myrtle Beach, SC?

Give our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts a call today! We know there are many qualified agents in the Myrtle Beach, SC area for you to choose from when the time is right to sell your home. But when it comes to trusting the right team with your most precious (and costly) asset, you want a team that knows the area, has a proven track record of success and will work hard for you day in and day out. And that is exactly what we do, we do it every day and we are very good at it. It is one thing to just take on a listing and post the property online, but when trying to sell your home fast and for top dollar, you want a team that has some extra arsenal up their sleeve. Give us a call today, we look forward to hearing from you soon!

What to know when selling a house

Looking for more information on what our team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts has to offer? Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as our YouTube channel (and subscribe!), to see what we are up to and why people enjoy working with us every day. We do many other things on the backend to market and push your listing, but those pages are something you can look at now, in real time, to see what our company can do. We look forward to working with you.


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The Differences Between a Listing Agent and a Buyer’s Agent

by Jerry Pinkas

Do you need a listing agent or buyer agent

We understand the confusion that can come with buying and selling a home, especially if this is your first go around with either. There is verbiage that you may not understand, contracts that seem a mile long and you may not be sure where to start with the whole process. We get it and are here to help decode a real estate mistake that we see all the time that can end up making a large difference in your experience with buying and selling a home in Myrtle Beach, SC.

In today’s post we are going to be talking about the differences between a buyer’s agent and a seller’s agent, and why knowing the difference between the two can save you from pitfalls that can be costly and frustrating. 

Why is it important to understand the differences between a listing’s agent and a buyer’s agent?

At Jerry Pinaks Reality we want to make sure that you avoid a major pitfall when you are buying or selling a home. A lot of the time we see people who hire on an agent they found online and do not take the time to ensure that agent is the right fit for their needs. If you are buying a house, you want to make sure that you go with an agent that is strictly focused on helping their clients buy homes. And if you are selling your home, you want to make sure that you find an agent that is strictly focused on selling their clients’ homes.  Here at Jerry Pinkas Reality we do not have agents that do both – in other words, we have a separate group of agents that only work with buyers and a separate group of agents who only work with sellers. Why do we do it that way you may ask? Well for one, there are two completely different skill sets for each group. And two, they only work to the advantage to the client they are working with.

Now understand this -  if you are out there looking to buy a property, is that agent that you picked up online or found randomly only going to show you the things they want you to see? Like their other listings? Or are they going to stop what they are doing with you because they have a scheduled closing appointment to be at? This is why we have split the team here at Jerry Pinkas Realty down the middle and again, we have listing agents who are only in charge of listing properties and only work for our sellers and will never disclose any confidential information that you have given to them. Same with buyers, they will never disclose any information to weaken your ability to purchase and will only focus on getting you the best deal. Because what can happen is you hire on an agent to help you buy a home and come to find out they are working on the side with the seller – which could lead to a bad deal for you. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, you want to get the best deal and work with an agent that has your best interests at heart. And that just happens to be what our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Reality does best. 

Advantages of a buyer's agent

What are the responsibilities of a buyer’s agent?

A buyer’s agent is responsible for assisting their client throughout the buying processes, and has many duties to ensure the process is successful and runs smoothly. One of their responsibilities is to assist their client in finding properties that meet their desired criteria. Typically, the agent will sit down with their client and go through a list of all their wants and needs in a new home. The agent will then take that list and search for homes that they believe to be good matches and set times to show the potential homes to their client. It is also helpful to point out here the importance of a good buying agent, as most of the time the agent will have access to listings that you will not be able to find on your own. For example, they may have connections and relationships that will inform them of properties that are not listed online yet. As a buyer, this will give you first access to listings and the ability to see properties before other buyers without this inside information.

Another responsibility of a buyer’s agent is to assist in determining which property is best suited for their client. It is one thing to search for listings that may fit their buyer’s initial criteria, but it is another ball game to dig deep into the listings and help spot problems when showing the home such as if the neighborhood will be noisy at night and what costly repairs need to be done. The buyer’s agent will research the history of each of the properties they show and help their client to make an informed and educated decision based on all the information they find.  

The buyer’s agent is also responsible for making and negotiating offers on their client’s behalf to ensure that the offer is fair and not too generous or insulting. They will be able to guide their client on things such as whether they should push for the pool to be serviced prior to moving in or whether the carport is really worth the extra money. Another responsibility for the buyer’s agent, similar to the seller’s agent, is to follow through on the contingencies (and make sure everything is met) until the sale closes.

What is a Listing Agent in Myrtle Beach?

What are the responsibilities of a seller’s agent?

Now that we have touched on the responsibilities of the buyer’s agent, we are going to move on to those of the seller’s agent. A seller’s agent main goal is to sell the property for the highest price in the shortest amount of time, and to do this the agent must assist the seller in valuing and properly pricing the property to put on the market. The agent will ensure that the home is accurately and competitive priced and, since these two do not always add up, you want to make sure you have an experienced agent who is able to understand how to create the proper balance and sell the house for the price the seller wants – which can be trickier than you think. 

The seller’s agent will also suggest any necessary repairs and improvements to the home. It is important to understand that when the market is bad, buyers can be particular about the home they purchase because there are so few houses listed on the market. On the flip side, when the market is good, buyers are also particular because there are so many houses listed on the market. So either way, buyers are usually always picky which means that every details counts when it comes to selling the house, especially if you are looking to take home a certain number from the sale. The selling agent will be able to walk through the home and point out which details are the most important and worth spending money on. An example of this would be thinking your shutters just need a little coat of paint when in reality they really need replacing or thinking you should upgrade your kitchen countertops with expensive granite when in reality many buyers are actually not looking for granite in which case would be a waste of money.

Good ways to find a buyer’s agent in Myrtle Beach

Not only will the seller’s agent do things like host open houses and put a ‘for sale’ sign up in the yard, but they are also responsible for marketing the property to buyer’s agents. This can be done through posting the property on the MLS, as well as networking with other agents who may have buyers that would be interested in the house. The seller’s agent will also present and negotiate offers on your behalf. They will help decide the difference between fair offers and low offers, as well as let you know if the market is going to allow you to sit and wait around for the offer that you really want or if you should take an offer that is presented. Having trouble understanding legal jargon or details presented in the contract? Your agent will be able to put things into more simple terms for you to understand and also outline what needs to be done in order to complete the transaction should you choose to accept the offer. Lastly, the seller’s agent is responsible for following through on the contract contingencies until the sale of the homes closes (same as the buyer’s agent). 

 

What should I do if I am interested in buying or selling a home in Myrtle Beach, SC?

If you are looking to buy or sell a house in the Myrtle Beach, SC area, give our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Reality a call today! As we have discussed throughout this blog, we split our team down the middle between buying agents and selling agents, and will be able to match you with the right team member to assist you. We understand the needs of buyers and sellers alike and can help you avoid the pitfalls that can prove to be not only costly, but also time consuming and extremely frustrating. This is what we do, we do it everyday and we are very good at it. Why have average when you can have the best? We look forward to speaking and working with you soon!

 

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Myrtle Beach real estate agent reviews

When you are looking to buy a house in Myrtle Beach, SC, we know you have your choice of realtors to choose from. And since it is such a large decision and costly purchase you want to make sure that you find the right agent to serve you during the process. Because you are on the hunt for a real stage agent to work with, you may start noticing how many agents use eye catching marketing material, a catchy tag line or a testimonial that pulls at your heart strings. And for these reasons, you may think that they are the best person or team to go with.

But we want to caution you that just because the real estate agent seems successful and credible from their marketing material does not always mean that they are the best person to serve you. And as you may have guessed, that is what we are going to be covering in today’s blog post. We hope the information below helps to give you a better idea of the characteristics and traits that you should be looking for in a real estate agent, and how finding the right agent to work with can make all the difference in your home buying experience. Enjoy!

Does it really matter what real estate agent I use when buying a house?

Simply put, yes. Some people think that hiring just any real estate agent during the home buying process is sufficient, and friends we are here today to tell you that is just not the case. Buying a home is a fun, exciting and time consuming journey.  There are a lot of factors that go into showings, making offers and the eventual closing on the house. And since there is so much that goes into this process, you want to make sure that you have the right person standing in your corner working hard for you and your best interests. 

Whether you are looking to purchase an investment property, find a retirement home, a beach house or you are a first time homebuyer, you want to have the best real estate agent and team standing next to you each step of the way. We often times will see people use a friend of a friend or a family member as their agent, and while this is not always a bad idea, we find that more times than not it is not a good buying experience. Just because you have a connection to an agent does not mean that you necessarily should go with them. You want to vet out their experience, success rate and what customers are saying about them before you jump into bed with them. Your real estate agent becomes your new BFF – make sure they are someone that will do right by you.

Top real estate agents in Myrtle Beach SC

What traits should I look for in a real estate agent?

There are many traits that you should look for when choosing a real estate agent and keeping them in the back of your mind will ensure you are making a good, informed decision. The first trait is making sure that your real estate agent is knowledgeable not only about the neighborhood you are looking to buy in, but also about staying up to date on what is happening in the local market and the latest topics in real estate. Having an agent that is knowledgeable in all things real estate will ensure they are able to serve you best and stay at the forefront of the real estate market. On that same note, you want to make sure that your agent understands the local housing market in order to help educate you on what you can expect from certain areas and neighborhoods.  

Attention to detail and organization are other traits that you want to look for in a real estate agent. As we spoke about briefly above, there is a lot that goes into purchasing a home and you want to ensure that your agent pays close attention to each and every detail along the way, as well as stays organized and communicative throughout the process. This will help things run smoothly and help avoid costly errors that can end up wasting your time. Another trait to look for in an agent is someone who is honest and has integrity. Especially if you are a first time home buyer, you want to make sure that the agent you put your trust into during this process is going to correctly guide you through uncharted waters. And finding an agent that has a good professional reputation, as well as had a long and successful real estate career is a good way of vetting the agents’ ethical standards and integrity. You want to stay away from agents who will try and lead you into a bad purchase just because their commission will be lucrative.

Myrtle Beach top real estate agents

Lastly, and one of the most important in our opinion, is to find a real estate agent that will work hard for you. It is one thing to be really smart and educated in the real estate market, but at the end of the day all that does not mean a whole lot if your agent is sitting at their desk not working to find the right home for you and your family. The best agents are the ones that are out in the field, networking, connecting and working endlessly to find exactly what you are looking for and making all your ‘wants’ and ‘wishes’ in a home a reality.

Top real estate agents in North Myrtle Beach SC

What should I do if I am interested in buying (or listing) my house in Myrtle Beach, SC?

Many people think that they can go online, search different websites and can find the home of their dreams. And we are sorry to say that things just do not work that way. As we spelled out above, it is so important to have the right real estate agent by your side during the home buying process. Not only will the right agent save you from many potential pitfalls that can prove to be costly, but a lot of the time agents will have inside information on homes that are not listed yet and give you a wider range of options that can fit your desired criteria. And that is where we come in.

As we always talk about, if you are looking to purchase or sell a home in Myrtle Beach, SC give our team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts a call today. Our experienced team has worked with numerous individuals, couples and families to find them their perfect home in the Myrtle Beach area and we know we can do the same for you. We understand the characteristics and traits it takes to be successful in real estate because we exemplify them everyday to our clients. Why have average when you can have exceptional? This is what we do, we do it everyday and we are good at it. Give us a call today!   

North Myrtle Beach real estate agents

What are clients saying about Jerry Pinkas Reality?

One of our main passions here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts is our clients, which is why we strive everyday to provide the best real estate experience for them as possible. We are fortunate in our own right to work with some pretty incredible people and are proud of the exceptionally positive feedback we have received throughout the years. Not only do our clients feel like their needs and wants are being heard, but they appreciate the dedication and energy that we give day in and day out until the final document is signed. We know how important reputation is, especially within real estate, and we are so pleased that we have been able to make a positive impact for so many individuals and families in the Myrtle Beach, SC community.

 

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When is the right time to sell in Myrtle Beach?

by Jerry Pinkas

Myrtle Beach real estate market outlook 2018

If you keep up with our weekly blogs, you know that we touch on quite a few questions that surround the home selling process. And, as you may have guessed, today is no exception. When the time comes for you to sell your home in Myrtle Beach, SC things can seem a little confusing and you may have a lot of questions. Especially if this is the first home you are selling your home, you may feel your brain spin a few times while trying to wrap your head around everything. We can assure you, however, that it is not as overwhelming or scary as you may think, and when working with the right realtor and team, it can actually prove to be a very exciting time for you and your family.

A question we get quite frequently here at Jerry Pinkas Realty is when the right time to sell in Myrtle Beach, SC is. And as you may have guessed, that is where our blog post is going to take us today. If you or someone you know has been trying to figure out the best time to put your/their house on the market, and are interested in other items that go into the process, this one is for you. We hope you enjoy this post and that it covers any potential questions you have or that may arise in the future!

Tips for selling your Myrtle Beach Home

When is the best time to sell my house in Myrtle Beach, SC?

The answer to this question, simply put, is right now! Contrary to other markets across the country, Myrtle Beach, SC has a very strong market year round. Residents here do not have to worry about a blizzard in the winter or a hot ghost town in the summer. With a pretty temperate climate, Myrtle Beach, SC has a welcoming charm and something for everyone to do, no matter the time of year. The market is hot and houses are selling fast, so if you are ready to list your house the time is now! With many vacationers, retirees and people relocating, Myrtle Beach, SC is an ideal place for people to settle down, or even to purchase a second home in. And with warm weather, sunny days, breathtaking beaches, stunning golf courses, endless entertainment and incredible dining options, we do not blame them for having their eyes on Myrtle Beach!

Now if we are really going to break it down, while the market is strong year round, it is no secret that Myrtle Beach, SC has a lot of spring and summer visitors. With some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, many people venture here for spring and summer breaks to soak up the warm weather and enjoy beach days with their family and friends. Due to the large volume of people (and eyeballs) here during that time, spring and summer can definitely be a hot time (pun intended) for you to sell your house. 

Myrtle Beach real estate market outlook 2017

What contributes to Myrtle Beach, SC having a good market year-round?

If you have ever been to Myrtle Beach, SC you will understand why this is such a hot market and why people are flocking here from all over the country. Whether they are relocating for the weather, beaches or beautiful homes, or just looking to purchase a vacation home, there is always something for everyone to do and an adventure to be had around every corner. As we touched on above, the Myrtle Beach, SC area has also been an ideal place for people to retire to. Beautiful golf courses, pleasant weather and an affording cost of living all contribute to the ever-growing retiree population in the area. All in all, and we understand we may be biased, Myrtle Beach is one of the top places in the country to live. And with the influx of people and booming market, we have a feeling that we are not the only ones who feel that way. 

Staging Tips for selling your Myrtle Beach Home

What things can I do to help my house sell fast once it is on the market?

Now that we have covered the ins and out of the best time to sell your house, next we wanted to touch on certain things you can do around your home to help it sell quickly, and for top dollar. Because let’s be honest, at the end of the day you want the home selling process to be quick, as stress free as possible and walk away with the most amount of money. And here are a few tips and tricks to help you achieve this!

First, and one of the most important steps of the home selling process, is to find an agent that will work hard for you and your family. You want an agent who not only knows the area well, but also has a track record of success. It is no secret that the first thirty days of your house being on the market is a very important time, and you do not want to waste your time or the beginning momentum with someone who is still learning the ropes. The right agent and team will know exactly what advice to give you on any improvements the home needs, make sure the marketing material accurately reflects your home and will work with you to set a listing price. We cannot stress enough the importance of having the right realtor by your side!

Myrtle Beach real estate price trends

Second, you want to make sure the home is DE cluttered and all personal items, such as pictures, are removed from around the house. When a potential buyer walks through and sees the home, you want to have a clean and tidy canvas for them to picture settling into. If you have a variety of pictures and clutter everywhere, it will limit the appeal to the buyer and make it more difficult for them to imagine their own life in the space – they just see the home you live in. Third, if you are not looking to make any major renovations, it is always a good idea to update fixtures in the kitchen and bathrooms that may be a little old, professionally clean the carpets/floors and paint any rooms that are looking dull. These are great ways to spruce up the home and give it a slight facelift without breaking your wallet.

Lastly, it is always a great idea to give the home some curb appeal if it is lacking. The front of the home is the first area a potential buyer will see, and you want to be sure to make a good first impression. Doing things such as painting or replacing the front door, adding some fresh flowers to the front yard, updating the landscaping and adding a new mailbox are all things that can drastically change the appeal of the front of the home without spending an arm and a leg.

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What should I do if I am looking to sell my house in Myrtle Beach, SC?

We know you have your choice of realtors in the Myrtle Beach, SC area when it comes to selling your home. But when it comes to something as important as selling the most expensive asset you will probably ever own, you want to make sure you are in the best hands and have a realtor that will work hard for you. That is where we come in. Our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Realty has a proven track record of success, and we are confident you will have a positive and successful selling experience with us. Give us a call today and let us work with you to sell your home quickly, and for top dollar. This is what we do, we do it everyday and we are good at it. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you soon!

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