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Michael Walz

Looking for a realtor for inside-610 first time buyer.

I'm not really sure how to pick out a realtor. My father resides outside of the US and is not a citizen. He's want to purchase mid-range home near central downtown. You would be working mostly with me, but possibly communicating with him directly as well (helps if you speak Mandarin, but not necessary).

Any recommendations for this type of purchase in this area?

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Looking for a realtor for inside-610 first time buyer.

By Michael Walz   
Posted on May 22, 2017 in Topic: Home Buying
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I'm not really sure how to pick out a realtor. My father resides outside of the US and is not a citizen. He's want to purchase mid-range home near central downtown. You would be working mostly with me, but possibly communicating with him directly as well (helps if you speak Mandarin, but not necessary).

Any recommendations for this type of purchase in this area?
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Michael Jobin
about 6 months ago
Hi Michael,

I specialize inside the loop. I have lived and worked is Southamption for over 20 years and know inside the loop very well. I would be happy to help you and your father out. You can call or text me or send me an email to talk. I want to make sure you are comfortable with me as you should be with any agent you select.

Michael Jobin
C&K Properties
713.545.2314
MJobin@Jobee.com


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http://candkpropertieshouston.com/agents/michael-jobin/

about 6 months ago
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Darby Grimmett
about 6 months ago
Hi Michael!

The biggest piece of advise in finding a realtor is ensuring they truly understand the Houston city market. There are differences between areas inside the loop (north, south, east and west of downtown) and each area really is it's own market. Land value is high inside the loop, but certain areas are higher dollar than others (some more transitional, developing vs. others that are well established). There are also areas outside the loop that you may want to consider. Are you considering single family, town home, or condo? You'll notice there are an abundance of town homes and single family (traditionally) are more desirable due to character and size of the lot (which again, carries the value). In looking at this as an investment, your Realtor should advise on the best place to purchase based on what you are looking for in a property, commute, value, etc. Look for designations (Accredited Buyer Specialist, luxury home designations, Graduate Realtor Institute, etc), an agent that has their client experience rating displayed on HAR, and agent who's full time job is real estate sales and who has a professional website and quick to respond when you reach out.

My working partner and I are native Houstonians with a lot of experience working with Buyers and Sellers in town. My husband and I also own a residential real estate appraisal company that has serviced the entire Houston area for almost 15 years and invest inside the city as well. About half of our clients are first time home buyers and about a third of our clients are out of town (Sellers and/or Buyers). We have had several Buyers in which all showings were done over video or face time as they weren't going to be in town until after closing.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or want to discuss your search further!

Darby Grimmett / Keller Williams / darby@darbygrimmett.com / 936-827-9217


about 6 months ago
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Tawnya Marney
about 6 months ago
Hi Michael. That's a good question. As has already been addressed you need to find someone who knows the Loop and those areas. It really is a different market than say The Woodlands or the Energy Corridor. Now, I want to add not every agent is going to be comfortable working with you as the "go between" but the right agent will. It can make the transaction a little more frustrating for your father, as well as the agent, because communication is a large part of narrowing in to exactly what the buyer is needing/wanting so the agent can find "the one". So, going into the process it will be good to keep in mind that patience will be key. I've worked with clients located out of town on job assignments or relocating who could not view the properties before they were under contract. Having a family member here such as yourself who knows what to look for and to be their eyes will help tremendously. Speaking from experience, you should also try to find an agent who can be available at a time your father can be on the phone with you as you tour properties. Sending photos and doing a live walk through tour, such as via Facetime, to capture questions about layout and finishes or the neighborhood will help your father feel more comfortable making the decision remotely.


about 6 months ago
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Dominik Szabo
about 6 months ago
Neehaw Michael,
I am also from an international family, and born in Poland, and have grown up in Italy.
I am fortunate to speak many languages including Spanish, Italian, German, and others. I've noticed it helps international clients to deal with someone who has the international background in communication and explaining how Real Estate Works in The US and more specifically Texas.

Call me for a consultation, and I look forward to hearing from you,

I have mostly worked with international clients in my real Estate Experience and would be happy to help you and your father find the perfect home.

Dominik Szabo
Brockway Realty L.L.C.
(832) 844 1724
DominikRealtor.com
** The Doctor of Real Estate in Houston Texas **
" Professional, Courteous, and Informed "


about 6 months ago
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Eboni Taylor
about 5 months ago
Hello,
Give me a call or text when you can. I have worked with clients that don't live here in the past, I understand the importance of communication and experience and also the team of people to see the transaction through since he can not be here to execute everything.

Thanks,
Eboni Taylor
Keller Williams Realty
832-453-7440


about 5 months ago
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Tasha Fahey Lacina
about 5 months ago
Hey Michael!

If you are still looking to hire a Realtor who knows the Houston market, give me a call (713) 409-1914.


about 5 months ago
Disclaimer: Answers provided are just opinions and should not be accepted as advice.
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