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The Perfect Realtor Near Me Wasn’t Who I Expected

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A First Time Homebuyer’s Journey

“I always thought finding the perfect home would be like something out of a movie. You know, you walk in, the light hits just right, and you just know. I wasn’t too worried about who exactly would help me take care of the paperwork, and was excited to step into my dream home on schedule and on budget.

In reality, My early experiences were characterized by rushed viewings, impersonal service, and a growing sense of disillusionment. My agent moved quickly, setting up viewings that seemed promising on paper but fell short in reality. My trust dwindled when she pushed me to make an offer on a listing that I felt lukewarm about, citing the competitive market as a reason to hurry.

I met with a few other real estate agents, but nothing indicated to me that this experience would be any different from the last. It seemed that my dream home, much like the ideal realtor, might not exist. “Realtor near me” became my most frequent search, leading me to a parade of real estate agents more interested in closing quickly than understanding my needs.

That was about 5 years ago. Today, I love where I live: the neighborhood is quiet, parking is easy, and because I don’t have any children, living farther from a school changed how much home I could get for my budget. So what changed?

I should probably say it was totally and completely the local agent, but really it was my perceptions of what a perfect home -and a perfect property transaction- should look like.

My initial meetings at other agencies were with agents who mirrored my optimism, and to my mind saw the hidden potential in properties that more down to earth people would -foolishly- pass up. It’s a nice thought, even if it can steer the conversation away from important info and expensive problems. My optimism, it seemed, needed a counterbalance.

My new agent often spoke in numbers, trends, and data—her eyes didn’t necessarily light up with possibility at every viewing. Instead, she helped me figure out what I cared about and what I didn’t: Yes, I wanted that reading nook very much, but no, in fact I was not interested in also spending tens of thousands of dollars to repair the leaky roof (even if I could probably DIY some of it (tip: no))

In the end, the neighborhood we chose was a little farther from family than I had intended, and it didn’t start out with my reading nook OR a balcony. But it did offer almost half again the floor space, and the better market conditions meant it came in under budget.

This affordability opened up room for renovations that I could undertake on my own, and the extra space to really personalize it. I still don’t have a balcony, and I’m more than likely using my kindle app in my reading spot, but you know what? It was the right home, the right time, and I’ve never been happier where I lived.”

From all of us at Willamette Valley Real Estate, we are deeply touched by this insightful and detailed testimonial.

Here are 5 great points about the home buying process we’d like to highlight from this account:


“Buying a Home is a Journey”

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“Buying a home takes a mix of both practicality and optimism”

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“The best decisions are informed by data”

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“A small change in location can mean a big change in budget”

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“The right realtor really does make that much of a difference”

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About Willamette Valley Real Estate Team

The Willamette Valley Real Estate Team offers personalized and stress-free real estate transactions based in McMinnville, OR. Our knowledgeable real estate team provides tailored services to meet your goals, with excellent customer service and local trend guidance. We work with first-time homebuyers, seasoned investors, and sellers to provide exceptional service and local expertise. Contact us today to find your dream home or get the best deal possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What’s the difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor?

A real estate agent is licensed to help people buy, sell, or rent properties, while a Realtor is a member of the United States National Association of Realtors and signifies additional training and commitment to ethical standards beyond what is required for a real estate agent license.

What makes a real estate agent the best in their area?

Top Realtors and real estate agents show both skill and experience in market knowledge, communication skills, negotiation tactics, and client dedication. They understand local trends, live and work in the area, have a strong network for property listings (mls), and prioritize their clients’ needs above all.

Why do we need a realtor? Is it worth it?

Having a Realtor by your side is invaluable. They provide expert guidance, handle negotiations on your behalf, and navigate complex legal procedures. Even if you’re more of a browser than a ready-to-buy-er, a Realtor’s local expertise and commitment to ethical standards make them worth every penny, whether you’re buying, selling, or investing in property.

What does “MLS” stand for? You use too many acronyms!

MLS stands for Multiple Listing Service. It is a database that real estate agents use to access information about properties for sale or rent in a specific area and share listings with other professionals in the industry.


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