News, Photos & Up-Comming Events of the CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes Sales & Marketing Team

Monday, December 14, 2009

We got the holiday spirit!

Every company has its traditions and at CENTURY 21 Adams and Barnes we look forward to our yearly Holiday Breakfast and Gift Exchange.

With dozens of our agents on-hand and a pleasant break in the weather, the team got together in downtown Monrovia for the anticipated festivities.As always, our very own Mr. and Mrs. (Tom and Sally Adams) were on hand to emcee the morning and coordinate the gift exchange.

The morning was full of laughs as usual as our agents browsed through the secret bags, made some colorful choices and "stole" prized items from one another.

Some big announcements were shared with the team that sets the company poised to take advantage on an increasingly healthier real estate market in the year to come.

Altogether it was another wonderful get-together and it reminded everyone the importance of friendship, good company, laughter and a little revelry. To see all the photos of this year's events we invite you to join the CENTURY 21 Facebook fan page. And also, from our team to yours, Happy Holiday season.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Should You Use a Real Estate Agent for Your Home Sale?

For most people, a house is the largest investment they’ll ever make. Yet when it comes time to sell that investment, some opt to do so on their own, without the help of a real estate professional. These do-it-yourselfers are known as FSBOs—short for “for sale by owner.”

It may be tempting to go it alone. But many FSBOs end up listing their home with a real estate agent anyway. That’s because an agent offers many advantages, such as:
  • Local market knowledge. An agent knows what other houses are available and will price your house right. She will perform a comparative market analysis to determine its fair market value and will list at a price that will draw buyer interest without compromising value.
  • Negotiating skill. Your real estate agent will negotiate on your behalf when you receive an offer—from price to date of possession to any necessary repairs.
  • Exposure. FSBOs tend to market a house with signs, newspaper ads and online listings. Yet, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2009 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 42% of FSBOs sell to someone they already know. What happens if you don’t know someone looking for a house? That’s where an agent has a huge advantage. An agent has access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that lists homes for sale. An MLS listing is seen by other real estate agents—around the world—therefore bringing a tremendous number of buying opportunities to the table.
  • Prequalifying buyers. Why open your home to anyone who sees your sign? Your agent will prequalify potential buyers to make sure they are really interested in purchasing and are financially able to do so. That means you don’t have to allow strangers into your home who aren’t qualified or serious.

For more information about selling your home, or for a complimentary comparative market analysis, call our CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes offices today at 626.358.1858 (Monrovia) or 626.963.7621 (Glendora)

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