5 Reasons You Should Use a REALTOR®

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home, I’d like to share one of the most important pieces of advice I can give you:



Hopefully at least one of these reasons will convince you to choose a REALTOR to work with — even if it’s not me.

  1. A REALTOR has complete access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database. If you’re a home buyer, we can send you listings that you can’t find via online search. If you’re selling your home, we can help you write and place a listing that will attract the interest of potential buyers. 

  1. A REALTOR can help you negotiate the best possible deal. We know the market, we know the laws, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to help you.

  1. A REALTOR knows contracts. For many people, they can be complicated and confusing. But we know which forms to fill out and can walk you through them all.

  1. A REALTOR is bound by our code of ethics. Real estate agents have your best interests at heart, and we’re committed to serving your needs with honesty and integrity.

  1. A REALTOR can save you money. Not everyone knows the ins and outs of real estate transactions, how to get prices of comparable homes, and understand how the market affects home prices. But we do, and we put that knowledge to work for your bottom line.

I truly mean it — even if it’s not me, I wholeheartedly recommend working with a licensed REALTOR.

And if you’d like to work with me, please call 267.566.3448 or email me at shannon.rubin1@gmail.com today!

© 2013 by Shannon Rubin.


Building Your Own Home: A Good Idea?

Maybe you found some inexpensive land in a great location. Maybe you’ve looked at dozens of homes, but none of them are the dream home you’re looking to buy.

So maybe building your own home is the right option for you. Yes, it requires a great deal of work and lots of hard decisions, but the ultimate reward is having the home you’ve always wanted and imagined!

Build Your Own Home

Build Your Own Home

A few of the most important things to consider when building your own home:

People love the idea of buying a home with a warranty that covers everything for up to 20 years. And the warranty on a brand-new home starts immediately on your closing date. But remember — your warranty doesn’t cover normal “wear and tear” or improper use of home components.

Many home builders offer incentives to get you to sign on the dotted line. Sometimes they’ll even throw in upgrades and bonus money that can be used for closing costs. However, now that we’re in a “seller’s market,” there are less reasons for builders to offer additional incentives. So in the current housing market, you might have to pay for that stainless steel fridge upgrade as an out-of-pocket expense.

This might be the best part of building your own home — getting to pick the style of home, layout, square footage and room size, paint colors, even the building materials. And you can choose low maintenance options, energy-efficient appliances and other things that can save you money over the long run. But the initial costs can be high.

These are just three of the things to keep in mind if building your own home is the right choice for you.

I’d be happy to discuss your home options — contact me at 267.566.3448 or email me at shannon.rubin1@gmail.com today!


© 2013 by Shannon Rubin.