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Relocating To Collin County Before You Buy Choose The Right REALTOR Part 1
July 10th, 2010 12:21 PM

If you are relocating from outside the Dallas Metroplex in 2010, one of the main things you are considering is which areas are the best investment, have the most city services, best schools, greatest potential for long-term residency and are the best "fit" for your families needs and lifestyle.  People call me every day, finding my website on the internet, and ask me what my experience and opinion is between several Collin County or several smaller town or country communities since I have lived or worked in the real estate business since 1978 and sold in just about every area, city and town in the Collin County areas of North Texas many times for 30+years now in 2010, with over 3,500 sale transactions reported during that time.

If you have a specific need, then there is no doubt there are one or two areas that will most likely meet those needs better, but it takes a lot of research sometimes to find this out in a timely manner and you will want to use an established and certified real estate professional that has a longtime track record of 10 to 15 years minimum and has always been a full-time REALTOR during that time period.  It is important that your REALTOR be a full-time real estate professional, as there is no way a part-time agent can keep knowledgeable on the industry with all the changes and vast amount of areas of knowledge needed to be able to provide you with these specialized services.  Depending on your specific situation, you should try to find a certified REALTOR that has also gone the extra mile to get some of the specialty designations and certifications that are approved by the National Association of REALTORS.  If you are planning to purchase, the ABR designation is the TOP industry leader for REALTORS that represent buyers and provide specialized services in the area of buyer representation.  These services are beneficial regardless if you are looking to purchase a resale home, townhome/condo or preowned home or townhouse/condo as well as a new residence or planning to custom build that special home from the beginning.  Also, these services can be of great benefit for the buyer that is looking for the right home site, estate or acreage lot, zero-lot line home site, or any size of residential estate lot to build on later.  Of course, large farms and ranches or country estate properties are also included.

If you are interested in the short sales and foreclosure market, and would like to become familiar with the best opportunities to purchase one of these for your next residence, then you will want to work with a Certified Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource Broker (SFR) that has taken the latest training to guide you through this process, in addition to completing the Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) designation, as it would be best to have a broker that can offer you both, and you should find someone that has a long tract record in the industry selling residential real estate full-time in these cities and communities in  Collin County and/or Dallas and other North Texas areas for at least 10 to 15 years or even more.

There are a lot of newer choices of communities for SENIORS, more experienced home buyers that are ages 50 to 55 and above, that offer great purchase opportunities to live in communities and neighborhoods that are designed for their needs and lifestyles.  Some of these include the active adult gated communities as well as assisted living communities and even more specialized  residences for aging in place for our senior citizens that require more specialized care.  If this applies to you, then you would want to select a knowlegeable broker that has also completed the latest training and received the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation (SRES) as well as the Accredited Buyer Representative designation (ABR) as your broker and guide for these types of communities and housing options in the areas you are considering.

All of these designations and certifications are recognized and approved by the National Association of REALTORS, (NAR), and it is unethical for a REALTOR to use these designations after their name or in advertising of their services unless they have been awarded the privilege and use of each, been recognized as a member of each organization, completed their requirements, and been accepted to each specialized membership of REALTORS that hold these speciality designations and certifications. 

So, having a long-term history of full-time experience in selling residential real estate is important.  But, also choosing a certified and recognized broker and REALTOR with the specific designations and certifications in the areas that are important to you is equally important. 

It certainly is an advantage if the REALTOR you choose has both, and stays updated with the latest training in the areas that are important to you.

Relocating to Collin County or North Texas?  Before you buy, choose the right REALTOR!

Please call me at my direct office line at 972-612-2277, if I can be of service to you with your move to any of our Collin County, Texas, cities, towns, and country communities. I hold all of the above certified and/or specialty designations recognized by the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), and I have received all these designations in 2010 and come equipped with the most current, up-to-date information, resources and knowledge available in the specialized real estate areas of buyers representation, seniors real estate, and the latest information on how to purchase in the short sales and foreclosure markets in our area, which are always changing.  These extra investments of time in classroom instructions taught by the best Texas Real Estate Commission certified instructors and the extra money invested to getting the latest knowledge and skills for my clients, is just one of the many ways I go the extra mile for my clients that are buying or selling with me, as I believe that staying current with the best educational opportunities available to me as a designated broker/owner of my own company is important to my own business and also shows a strong commitment to the real estate industry to stay abreast of all the changes as well as be aware of the legal and tax issues that may be important to my clients specific purchase situations.

"Your Referrals Are Appreciated"

Jeanie Elliott, Broker/Owner, MS in Bus./Edu.

ABR, Accredited Buyers Representative

SFR, Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource

ALHS, Accredited Luxury Home Specialist

CHMS, Certified Home Marketing Specialist

SRES, Seniors Real Estate Specialist 

Jeanie Elliott REALTORS, Since 1980

972-612-2277  Direct Office

Serving Frisco, McKinney, Lovejoy ISD, Allen, Plano, Wylie, Richardson, North Dallas, Fairview, Lucas, Prosper, Celina, Melissa, Murphy, Parker, Lavon, Little Elm, The Colony, Collin County, Denton County, Addison, Lakewood, Park Cities, Rockwall, Lewisville, and other parts of North Texas Since 1980.



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