For most of us, buying or selling a home is a significant life event. Buyers and sellers may assume that agents are all the same when it comes to their experience, insights, and market strategy. Unfortunately, this assumption exposes clients to real financial risk (for example, from buying too high or selling too low), not to mention the emotional risk of losing a home if an offer is rejected.
Remember, you’ll likely be interacting frequently with your real estate agent, so you should make every effort to find someone you trust—and like! With all this in mind, here are the top five reasons Jennifer and Carren are the best team to help you buy and sell your home.
1. Helping clients is our passion.
Real estate isn’t a part-time job for us, it’s our livelihood. Our dedication to our clients and our work is unmatched, and we’re proud to earn countless referrals from our satisfied clients. We believe strongly in building a better community and are proud to support a variety of local organizations. We also feel privileged to be able to give back to the community by helping people manage their important real estate transactions and realize their homeownership goals.
2. Our days on market and sale-to-list price ratios meet or exceed market expectations.
We consistently meet or even exceed market averages as measured through our sale-to-list price ratio and the days on market. The sales-to-list ratio is the difference between the original list price of the home and the final sale price. A ratio of 100% means that the home sold at the same price for which it was listed. If the average in your area is 104% (selling for 4% more than the list price) and an agent has a ratio of 96% (4% less than the list price), you’re losing value. Similarly, if the days on market in your area averages 21 days and your agent has an average of 36 days, you’ll be spending significantly more to market your property. We’re able to meet these market benchmarks thanks to our top-notch negotiating skills and data-driven home pricing expertise.
3. We believe in open, honest communication.
We earn our clients’ respect by working tirelessly on their behalf and by always offering candid advice. We’re also honest about the value of a seller’s home and what the price should be to sell. By being straightforward about this number at the outset, we avoid overpricing—a far-too-common mistake that ultimately costs sellers significantly in both time and money. If you’re looking for a new property, we’ll set appropriate expectations on finding a home that meets your “must-have” list and fits your budget. We also know the importance of identifying your home’s best features and highlighting them in our marketing to maximize buyer interest.
4. Our huge network helps both our buyers and sellers.
Working full-time in real estate means we’ve built an extensive network of buyers and sellers. This means we learn about potential listings and interested buyers before the information is public on the MLS. We also have an expansive network of professionals who handle the critical services (such as home repairs, inspections, and financing) that clients need throughout the buying and selling process.
5. We know San Francisco inside and out.
We work in San Francisco, and we also live here. Our extensive local knowledge, combined with our use of tools such as the Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) reports, keep us current with key metrics that help our clients get the most value out of their real property transaction. That means we know how to price homes, and we know how to drive a good bargain. Bottom line? Whether you’re buying or selling, Jennifer & Carren will make sure you get the best possible results.