Previewing Leavenworth Houses: The Life of a Leavenworth Real Estate Agent

I thought it would be fun to start a new series of posts I'm tentatively calling The Life of a Leavenworth Real Estate Agent. I realize that most folks don't see a lot of the behind the scenes work that we do throughout the week, so here's a peek.

Previewing Houses

We don't make it every week, but Allyson and I try to go preview on a regular basis.  From comments that other agents have made, I think it's clear that we tend to preview more homes than any other agents in the Leavenworth area.

What is previewing?

Previewing is touring a house without clients.  We are generally looking for three things.

  • Location
  • Condition
  • Price

These are the same things our clients are looking for.  We are looking for all the things that are missing when you look at a home on the internet or the listing sheet.

  • What are the neighbors like?
  • How close to the road is it?
  • How is the view? Which rooms can you see it from?
  • Does the floor plan make sense?
  • Are the rooms generously sized?
  • How is the natural light?
  • What's missing in the photos? Train tracks? Power lines? Highway noise?

After we look at a house we have a two part discussion. The first is about price.

  • Is the house priced well?
  • What should the price be?
  • How does it compare in price to similar homes for sale in Leavenworth?
  • How does it compare to recently sold homes in Leavenworth?

If it is priced well, we ask ourselves if it will meet the needs of any of our current buyer clients. We may also decide to share it with those folks signed up to receive our Deal of the Week emails

Why Preview Houses?

Previewing is probably one of the most important things an agent can do. It's how we become experts in the market. Surprisingly, most agents do very little of it.

We preview homes in Leavenworth to help our buyer clients use their time more efficiently. Most of our buyers are from western Washington and it is a two hour drive to Leavenworth.  Most home buyers would prefer to see homes that fit their needs and not wade through a long list of junk. Previewing helps us filter the list for our clients.

Do have a question about a home in Leavenworth that you have seen on the internet? There is a good chance we have been in the home and can answer questions you may have.

We also preview homes so that we can effectively price our listings.  Home prices should be based on recent comparable sales in the area. If we haven't been in the homes that we are using as comparables, how do we really know how well they compare?

 

Comments

Excellent, Geordie and Allyson! It is so important to preview, and you're right, few agents do it. When you consider your clientele, especially, it's even more important that you're able to separate the wheat from the chaff for them, so that no one's time is wasted. When I have out-of-towners relocating, I absolutely preview, but I should make it a regular habit, as it IS how you become an expert in any given area.

I think it's a great that you and Allyson preview homes regularly. Most of my Leavenworth clients are from Western Washington and I know they appreciate it when their service providers make their commute to Leavenworth easier. Getting your "homework" done saves everyone time.

Absolutely love this idea!

HI Geordie, I like your series about the Life of a Real Estate Agent. I preview a lot of property throughout Sonoma County and it can take a lot of time and use a lot of gas because we are a huge diverse place stretching from the Pacific Coast through the redwoods and vineyards over to Napa County. We try to be efficient and to move quickly but I could easily spend nearly half the days of my week covering the various communities here from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, to Glen Ellen and Healdsburg, let alone the rugged north Sonoma Coast or Bodega Bay. But we work with a lot of out of area buyers as well who are looking for a certain experience, not necessarily a certain town. Thanks for your post! And good luck for your 8th year. I am going in to year six of blogging!

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Allyson and Geordie Romer

Leavenworth real estate agents - Allyson and Geordie Romer

For over a decade, Allyson and Geordie have been serving clients in the Leavenworth-area real estate market. Together, they work tirelessly to stay on top of the regional market and present the most relevant opportunities to their clientele.

When not in the office, they can be found exploring the endless recreation opportunities of the area in all of its seasons.

 

Testimonials

 

Geordie provided excellent real estate representation! We appreciated his detailed knowledge of the market, his up front and honest approach, and his negotiation skills.
As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Laura Anderson

 

 

As “west siders” looking for a getaway near Leavenworth, Geordie provided insight … his knowledge of design features important in a “snowy winter wonderland” was appreciated. Thanks Geordie!
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- Jean Stern

 

 

Geordie made this somewhat complicated transition easier for us…going above and beyond to help us work through issues that came up during the sale of our parents home. We appreciated his knowledge, attentiveness to details and his willing spirit.
Our family is grateful for Geordie!
As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Terry Foster

 

 

Geordie was great in every way. We have been looking in the Leavenworth area for some time, and Geordie was absolutely the best for local knowledge, history and depth on neighborhoods, developments and the local market trends. He was very quick to respond (even when he was on his vacation) and worked very diligently to get all of our questions answered in a very timely fashion. We would recommend him highly to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Very friendly, and helped us navigate all of the local options before we made an offer on the property that we purchased. Thank you, Geordie!

As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Ryan Olsen

 

 

It was such a pleasure to work with Geordie and his wife, Allyson on our cabin purchase. They showed us a variety of locations, listened to what we wanted and helped us find the perfect match. Everything was smooth and not stressful, just relaxed and easy. We would definitely recommend Geordie and use him again if the need arises!

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- Cammie Schlosser

 

Moving to Leavenworth?

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Whatever your motivation, we are here to help. If you are buying a home, the best place to start is with our Homebuyer’s Guide to Leavenworth.