When a probate or trust calls for
the sale of real property, one of your most valuable allies is a knowledgeable
real estate team. Your team can provide you with information about market
conditions, pricing and strategies. An experienced team can also help you, and
your clients, to understand the transaction – and to get the terms you want and
need. Free of the emotional ties that sometimes complicate decision-making, a
skilled team can save you time, money and headaches and support you as you make
important choices during the transaction.
So what qualities should you look
for in a real estate team for probate and trust?
- Knowledge and experience. Your team should be up to
date on local and regional markets and experienced meeting the
requirements of the court.
- A skilled team will “do it your way,” adapting easily
to your preferences in methods and presentation.
- Your team needs an established network of qualified,
trained associates throughout the region who can assist with properties
beyond local neighborhoods.
- Time is money. Your team should be able to produce the
reports you need, accurately and on time. Each step in the marketing and
sale of real property must be handled promptly and professionally.
- A qualified team will make sure that you have the most
current contract documentation and disclosure forms for real property
- Your team should be prepared to use aggressive
marketing tactics – even after the initial offer has been accepted.
- Your team should be able to provide straightforward
explanations in non-technical terms to lawyers, accountants, trustees,
administrators, conservators and, of course, clients.
- Other agents and service professionals are involved in
aspects of almost every transaction. Your team’s members should be
personable, well liked and respected among their peers.
- Your team should be available whenever you have a
question – by office phone, cell phone, pager, voicemail, e-mail – and
prepared to respond promptly.
- Your team should be prepared to handle the offer and
all the paperwork on the real property transaction.
- Details are very, very important in every real property
transaction, so look for evidence of care and accuracy in the team’s presentation.
- Finally, look for a team who is trusted by your
professional colleagues. Successful real estate teams are full-time
professionals and, like doctors and jewelers, develop long-lasting
relationships with their clients. The time you invest now in your
selection could yield a friend and ally for life.