In our very first blog post on HayliCagle.com, we thought it would be beneficial to highlight the real estate team model and how it benefits you as a home buyer/seller to work with us.
Real estate teams are growing in popularity and for good reason. In fact, team building is part of the Keller Williams model for mega agents to expand their business. Hayli Cagle has been a licensed real estate agent for nearly seven years and has seen massive growth over that time. In 2016, her desire to take a vacation without being completely engrossed in work the whole time prompted her to take the leap into team building. She hired a showing assistant, another licensed agent who could show property on her behalf when she wasn't available. This soon turned into a full-time position as a buyer's agent. Soon after, she hired a full-time executive assistant and so began Hayli Cagle & Associates.
So why is working with a team such a good idea? Here are the top 5 reasons you should work with us!
1. We each have a specialty that we focus on and excel at! Hayli is a listing specialist with a proven track record of getting homes sold quickly and for top dollar! She's a local favorite among sellers and regarded by her peers as a true professional. Amanda is an Accredited Buyer Representative; her focus is solely on helping people find the home of their dreams and making it a reality! Candace is truly the glue that holds our team together. She has exceptional communication skills and is goal and time driven to make sure all of our deals stay on track and our listings are marketed as wide as possible.
2. Our combined experience, both in real estate and in our previous jobs, allows us to be able to consult with one another and handle almost any situation that comes our way. Three heads are better than one, as they say!
3. Someone is always available! Business never stops, even when one of us is out of town or at a training event. We encourage our clients to feel comfortable reaching out to any of us if someone is not available.
4. We're able to provide extra attention to detail. Our team meets weekly to discuss our listings and what we have under contract. We make sure no detail is overlooked!
5. More hands mean more business. As a team, we're able to keep up with the high demand and volume of calls we get for new listings and showings!
As a team, we are on track to close near $20M in business this year alone. We are proud of the work we have already done to grow Hayli Cagle & Associates and we can't wait to put our expertise to work for you, too. Give us a call today to discuss your real estate needs!
Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.
1. Get your finances in order.
Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house
2. Find a house you can afford.
As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.
3. Hire a professional.
While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.
4. Do your homework.
Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.
5. Think long term.
Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future.