"Find an agent you feel confident in." says Greg Howard of Metro Real Estate Group. Greg can help buyers, sellers and investors take advantage of the opportunities available in this housing market. He has the experience you need.
Call Greg at 719-445-9515.
Interviewer: Hi I'm Kathy Soltero with Metro Brokers TV. Today we have in the studio with us Greg Howard, with Metro Real Estate Group, Greg thanks so much for coming in today.
Greg Howard: Thanks for having me.
Interviewer: We are talking about how we can help sellers and buyers take advantage of the market right now, what's your input on something like that?
Greg Howard: Well we have two topics, we have the seller, and we have the buyer; the problem that people have right now with selling their house is that they are worried about what they can and they can't get for their home.
For buyers, there's a lot of good opportunities out there, even with a slight shift up.
So, as far as the seller goes, we need to talk to them, they need to find an agent that they feel comfortable with, they need to ask the right questions, they need to find out whether their goal that they have is actually attainable. If it happens to be a property that is slightly upside down, they need to get a hold of an agent that can kind of counsel them in the right direction, so that they can either short sale it, they can get as much money for it as they possibly can, stage it, there's a lot of tricks to the trade, and the first thing that you have to do is find an agent that can teach you those tricks. Number two, you got to have an agent that you feel confident is giving you the real information.
Interviewer: Is it the best time to sell right now?
Greg Howard: It very well could be, it depends on what your goal is, and if you have to sell, you need to get hold of an agent that's going to tell you how to do it to get the most for your money.
If you want to move up, right now it's really a pretty good opportunity- but, once again, you have to have an agent that can get the most money out of your property, and then help you when you take that money and sink it into another property. There are a lot of houses out there that are selling under value, and there are reasons for that. They will either be houses that are put on the market at too high a price, and then the seller gets desperate and has to reduce their price to get it sold. So there's a lot of opportunity out there, so if you want to sell now, and buy at a really great value, you can do that right now.
Interviewer: What about the market for buyers?
Greg Howard: I wouldn't say it's good as it was 12 months ago, but it's still an excellent market for buyers. The key that people have to be aware of, here in 2012 is, anything under the $250,000 mark you need to find the home, and you need to pull the trigger, because there is going to be multiple offers. Those houses are flying off the market! I would say probably in my last five transactions we have had multiple offers, and this is as a buyer going in, so you need to let them know that when they find it they need to be ready to make a decision.
Interviewer: Any particular area that's hotter than others?
Greg Howard: Gosh, I'm in Colorado Springs, and I also deal with the South end of Denver, it's not necessarily an area, it's a price range, the way the lending is going right now and in my opinion they are giving away money, at 3% for a 30 year fixed, it's the house (value) anywhere from $250,000 and down- that's the hot area. The nicer the neighborhood, the more established the neighborhood, those even go a little bit quicker, but it's primarily the price right now that seems to be driving it.
Interviewer: Is the market any different for investors?
Greg Howard: Yes, it is, I mean investors can still find a lot of really good deals out there, I think it's a little harder because we got a lot of buyers out there looking and they're competing with investors currently. An investor has to be a little more savvy. We've got some systems in place at our office where we can actually find properties before they hit the MLS. Maybe we can find them for you and we'll work out a situation where we can help you buy them on the courthouse steps.
Interviewer: Well Greg this has been great information, thank you so much, and how can buyers or sellers get a hold of you?
Greg Howard: Website, GregHowardRealtor.com, and you can also find me on the Metro Brokers Online website under Greg Howard. Phone number is, 719-445-9515, and I do deal with properties in the South Denver areas as well as Colorado Springs.
Interviewer: Great, Greg thank you so much for coming in today.
Greg Howard: It's been a pleasure, thank you.
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