Archive for August, 2013

Why You Should NEVER Represent Yourself in a Real Estate Transaction

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook and me on Google+.

I just signed a contract on some new construction, and as my wife and I were sitting there signing, I was handing every page to my partner Kate Stevens to review.

This is the start of my 13th year in the business. I know my way around contracts. But in this case I was the buyer, and I was thinking about elevations, and floor plans, and colors, and what rooms are going to be for the kids. I didn’t have the mental focus to deal with the finer details of what I was signing.

So I had my Realtor there with me. Kate pointed out things like, “You do know you are paying for the title insurance,” and, “You do know that ceiling fans aren’t included even though the house is wired for fans.”

She didn’t change a word on the contract but she helped as a guide, managing my expectations. As experienced as I am, it made no sense for me to represent myself. Here’s a short video that Kate and I did about it:

Have a great Realtor buy (buy, get it) your side: Hire St. Augustine Team Realty! Just email Kate Stevens, Broker Associate, or call (904) 377-2276.

St. Augustine Team Realty / Strackacobra Gets Smoked At Mountain Bike Nationals

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook and me on Google+.

Sean Hess and Crew at 2013 Mountain Bike Nationals.

Sean Hess and Crew at 2013 Mountain Bike Nationals.

Sometimes you just have to admit it when you get smoked!

We went to mountain bike nationals this year in Allentown, PA, and it was a rough one. It was a beast of a course. Add to that all the outside pressure of being a Broker in a busy year with the stress of travel, and we just could never find rhythm to the course.

But that’s okay, we’ll just shake it off and move on.

We have an additional sponsor coming on board in the fall, and next season we expect to do more downhill, enduro and marathon racing. It should be fun!

Need help finding your dream home in St. Augustine: Hire St. Augustine Team Realty! Just email Kate Stevens, Broker Associate, or call (904) 377-2276. And call Sean about the Mountain Bike Racing at (904) 386-8327.

 

Native Plants Update, The Butterflies Have Bloomed!

Monday, August 12th, 2013

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook and me on Google+.

Jumbotron goes into chrysalis.

Jumbotron goes into chrysalis.

Well, if you read our last post about the Native Plant Project you found out we were feverishly planting Florida native milkweed to feed hungry (monarch butterfly) caterpillars.

These caterpillars were funny. They would eat and eat and eat, strip the leaves off an entire plant then head on over to another.  In the meantime they had to avoid a hungry lizard we nicknamed “Fatboy” who liked to hang out nearby.

We called him Fatboy because he looked bloated when he would eat one of the caterpillars.

We got so worried about Fatboy we bought two extra plants and took them inside for two specific caterpillars. One we called “Jumbotron.” He was big–we figured he would be the most likely to make it to chrysalis.

The second was just an egg that I saw a mother monarch lay on one of the milkweed plants. I took the leaf in immediately and put it in water until the pinhead-sized egg hatched four days later. Then we put him on one of the inside plants and watched him grow up. We called him “Baby Boy.”

Then two eggs we didn’t notice hatched on the inside plants so we had two more caterpillars, which we also moved to other protected plants.

Then we went on vacation, and we didn’t get to see any of the butterflies break out in person. But our friend who was watching them did, and got this photo of Baby Boy becoming a butterfly!

Baby Boy emerges from chrysalis.

Baby Boy emerges from chrysalis.

Let us get you planted in a new home so you too can become a Florida “native!” Hire St. Augustine Team Realty! Just email Kate Stevens, Broker Associate, or call (904) 377-2276.

What Can The Realtor Do? Our House Has Been On The Market Since [Fill In The Blank]

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook and me on Google+.

I saw a this post on Trulia the other day:

“Help please? What else can our realtor do? Our house has been On the market since February and for the last 6 weeks we have had no showings. We can’t afford to fix all the repairs. Should the realtor be more clear about the repairs needed??”

Even Paul McCartney can't help when a seller won't help themselves.

Even Paul McCartney can't help when a seller won't help themselves.

Sometimes a home needs repairs and the seller is unable or unwilling to make repairs…it happens, we see it all the time with roofs.  If the buyers are staying away, then the only thing anyone can do is lower the price.

If the seller agrees to lower the price, then the Realtor can market the price change and get more people into the home.

The more people that see the home, the more likely the seller will get an offer.

But if the seller doesn’t do anything, should the Realtor care?

I guess it boils down to this: Your Realtor Can’t Care More About Your Home Than You Do.

In other words, if a seller wants to sell at a certain price but is unwilling or unable to implement the solutions a Realtor suggests, there is nothing further that the Realtor can do.

There’s no rabbit they can pull out of a magic hat, no magic website that you can throw a house on (unless the house isn’t on any websites, which is another blog post for another day).

Realtors can be pretty persuasive in getting a seller to the right price, eventually…that’s really the core essence of a Realtor’s job.

But if we try to get a seller to that place, and we point out the problems, and we present possible solutions, and the seller doesn’t act…well there’s nothing we can do.

Need help buying or selling a home? Hire St. Augustine Team Realty! Just email Kate Stevens, Broker Associate, or call (904) 377-2276.

All images, video and audio not in the public domain are used in accordance with the Fair Use Law (Per Title 17–United States Code–Section 107) and remain the property of the film or photo copyright owners.  Now get on over to iTunes or Amazon and download a copy of “Silly Love Songs,” “Drive My Car,” and “HELP!” Buy the video versions too.

Live At The Beach In St. Augustine: Summerhouse Condo Unit 247 New Price $225,000

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook and me on Google+.

Ever wanted to live at the beach? We just reduced the price to Summerhouse Unit 247 in St. Augustine to the mad, mad price of $225,000.

Now you can have all the ocean you ever wanted…

Click here to find out more about Summerhouse Unit 247.

The view at Summerhouse in St. Augustine, Florida.

The view at Summerhouse in St. Augustine, Florida.

Need help finding your home at the beach? Hire St. Augustine Team Realty! Just email Kate Stevens, Broker Associate, or call (904) 377-2276.