How to Choose A Realtor

All Lake Okoboji Realtors will claim to be able to offer you the world.  All Realtors will claim to be the best.  As you search for the right agent, the most important thing to consider is if they make you feel comfortable.  Sounds simple doesn't it?  Well, sometimes, it takes a little time to determine the "right fit" for you and your family.  Don't be afraid to interview many different realtors before choosing the right one.  If you aren't 100% comfortable with your relationship with your Realtor, it will be a long and uncomfortable experience.  Make sure your Realtor has a plan.  Make sure they will followup on open houses, and offer you the feedback that you deserve.  Make sure they have an honest track record, and equally as important, make sure they have knowledge of the area.  Make sure that YOU come before an agent's commission.  You will know if the agent is there for you first, or the money. 

We will discuss things as simple as your preferred contact method.  Are you a busy person who prefers texting, or do you like the personal touch of a phone call.  Maybe you prefer emails.  We can communicate the way YOU prefer, not the way I prefer.

I offer you knowledge:

I am a lifelong resident of the Iowa Great Lakes and have a thorough knowledge of the real estate market as well as endless contacts.  I hold a Business Management degree while graduating Cumma Sum Laude from Buena Vista University.  I grew up in the construction business which allows the opportunity to answer your construction related questions on the spot.   Going all the way back to middle school and through college and I worked and managed various businesses in the service industry in the Iowa Great Lakes, such as restaurants and hotels, learning very quickly that the customer always comes first.  As an investor, can your current agent answer your questions regarding 1031 like-kind exchanges?  Can they offer you guidance if you are in a rut and looking for short sale? 


I offer you honesty and integrity: 

As a RE/MAX agent, I take great pride in the fact that we do things "the right way".  I am a part of a company that is changing the face of the real estate industry and our team is proud to share values of honesty and integrity with each and every client we work with.  With experience managing hundreds of employees, I understand what it means to work and treat people by "the golden rule".  You deserve the same.


I offer you the best marketing and the most trusted brand in real estate, RE/MAX

With me as your listing agent, I can give you a brand that continues to receive awards and recognition nationally.  Not only is your home or business marketed locally, I am able to offer you national marketing exposure, which is very important considering our level of tourism.  Not only do we offer our own local creativity, we have endless resources with RE/MAX.Along with this, I have developed ListingNiche, offering you over 100 websites to search on and if you are a seller, 100's of sites to feature your listing.  No other broker or agent can come close to the online presence I offer my clients.  It ALL starts on the web now.  Take advantage of that by listing with me.

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At Winther, Stave & Co., LLP we use a team approach. You have a team of accounting professionals at your disposal, not just one person. With specialists in many different areas, we can draw on that breadth of knowledge and experience to help with services ranging from taxes, to payroll, to wealth preservation.

Real Estate and MLS Homes For Sale in Spencer

Cheap vs high end quality. A buyer's perspective.

Cheap vs high end quality.  A buyer's perspective. in The

Here's the scenario. You are building a house or remodeling your house. Material costs are up. Labor costs are up. You ask yourself, where can I save a buck? Before answering this question, you must be careful, especially if your home is located in an area where other quality homes are built, whether on the lake, off the lake, or in higher valued developments such as golf course developments, etc. Growing up in construction and with a plethora of new construction and remodels under my belt, let me share with you some of the easy things that your future buyers will recognize when they are looking for quality.
1. One of the first things buyers of higher end homes will look for is to determine if the owner used hollow core doors. It's an immediate sign that the seller was looking for ways to save money (where else then did they cut back that I can't see???)
2. The second most obvious is the counter tops. Did the sellers spend for a quality granite, quartz, or other hard surface, or was formica used?
3. The third item that might stick out is the cabinetry. Do the drawers have dovetail construction with hardwoods? Did they use "soft close" drawers? Are there pull outs for the pots and pans?
4. Flooring is an easy one also. Was laminate used, or is it engineered or hardwoods? Does the carpet convey a quality feel and plushness? Is there a nice thick pad underneath the carpet?
5. Though there are many other items to look at, cheap vs quality lighting and plumbing fixtures are probably the next major focus.

There is nothing wrong with with using lower cost materials, especially when trying to keep a project within budget, especially when trying to build more house for less money. Just be aware that most buyers looking to spend in excess of $300k for off lake homes and $500+ for East Lake chain homes, and $1M+ for West and Big Spirit will expect the very best materials and finishes.

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