February 9, 2018 | Katie Shoultz
ST PETERSBURG— Did you know 76 percent of people hire the first real estate agent they talk to? You would never do that if you were hiring someone to work for you, so why should your Realtor be any different!? How can you be sure you’re hiring the best if you only talk to one agent, and what questions should you ask to find a pro among Pinellas County’s 7,000 agents?

Here are the Top 10 Questions to ask potential listing agents (and our answers). When your ready to hire the best, call or text us at 727-344-9139.

Do you work as a full-time agent?
Yes! We are committed to our clients and want to spend 100% of our time working on your behalf, free from distractions and demands of other jobs. This allows us to spend time marketing, prospecting, and fully understanding the details of current market trends and makes us available to you any time. Not only are you hiring a full time Realtor when you work with Saltwater Ventures, but you get two for the price of one!

Where do you advertise your Real Estate Business?
We place all of our listings in the Multiple Listing Service and the Keller Williams Listing Service, which syndicates to more than 900 real estate-related websites. Additionally, we use a paid service to advertise your home on non-real estate websites to increase visibility and maintain an active suite of social media pages. Check out our 16 Point Marketing Plan, or give us a call to learn more. We can’t give away all our secrets here!

Do you hire a professional photographer for all your listings?
Of course! Anything else is amateur hour. Depending on the property, we also use drone photography to highlight great locations and water views.

How are you involved in the community?
Fernando volunteers as a diver at The Florida Aquarium multiple times per month and is an avid shark conservationist. Julie gives her time to pet adoption events and our whole team regularly participates in other clean ups and community events.

Do you offer a single property web site for your listings?
Yes, and we highlight them on our social media accounts regularly.

What is your list to sales price ratio?
Ninty-eight percent, and we’ll show you our sales log to prove it.

How many people do you typically contact per day when prospecting?
We prospect for at least three hours every day, which means we talk to more than 200 people every week. We also regularly walk your neighborhood and knock on doors to see who else might be interested in selling. You and your neighbors know your area best, and many buyers come from neighbor and friends’ referrals.

How do you use video to promote my home?
We make a custom video tour of every listing we take. Again, you can see an example here. We also regularly work with out of town buyers and use video to take them on live home showings.

What is the absorption rate in this area?
Do you even know what that means? We’ll tell you when we meet! It varies by price point, over time, and from area to area, but you want to hire someone who knows the answer to this and other vital market statistics.

Do you have a personal Real Estate App for your clients to use on their smart phone or devices?
Yes! Download it here: https://www.homesnap.com/Fernando-Sandoval. This custom app shows you what’s for sale in your area including photos and prices, open house schedules and so much more! It’s like having a Realtor in your pocket!

Author: Katie Shoultz

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About Us: Capt. Fernando Sandoval has been buying and selling Real Estate professionally since 2008 and as of this writing holds a Florida Real Estate License. His broker is RE/MAX All Star.

Julie Sandoval bought her first home in 2002 and began buying and selling investment properties in 2008 when the market hit rock bottom. As of this writing she holds a Florida Real Estate License. Her broker is RE/MAX All Star.

Looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate? The Saltwater Ventures team is always available to answer your questions in English or Español. Text or call 727-344-9139 or send us an email.

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