Achieving success together...
Welcome to johnricerealestate.com. Finally! The recession is over and our real estate market is back with double-digit volume and even a hint of appreciation--something we haven't seen since 2005...Last year was a great year for me in the business. Not only was I fortunate enough to be the president of the New Hampshire Association of REALTORS, but I got off to one of my strongest sales starts ever and finished among the leading market makers on the seacoast.
For those of you looking for a buyer broker or listing agent, the story of last year's strong personal start is worth repeating. I think it demonstrates how I do business. The sales fact were these: I finished January with the biggest sale in both Rye and North Hampton west of Route 95. My dollar volume for the month placed me among the very top of all Seacoast real estate agents.
In Rye, 1435 Ocean Boulevard closed for $800,000 cash after three-year's of marketing. I believe the seller kept renewing the listing because I respected his wishes and goals. At the same time, I stayed in touch on a weekly basis with market updates. In the end perseverance prevailed.
The sale of 9 Buckskin Lane in North Hampton for $655,000 was a little more complicated. Out of the gate, it required close cooperation with the sellers in the pre-marketing phase, a visionary and realistic marketing plan, superior negotiating skills and ultimately an ability to work with appraisers.
Before the property ever went to market, we utilized a stager so that the home, a magnificent post and beam structure with many energy saving features, would look its best. We pre-tested for radon, found there was a problem and had it mitigated. This work was done for a reasonable price despite work involved to make the exhaust pipe unobtrusive.
The marketing plan involved pictures by a professional photographer, e-marketing, a "themed" print campaign, frequent open houses and more. In a very timely manner we attracted two offers. Ultimately one of these was negotiated to a point that both parties were amiable and ready to go on to closing.
Critical to that phase was the appraisal. Being a former appraiser, I was able to "speak the appraiser's language," identifying key adjustments and pointing out important comparable sales that enabled the final report to go through today's stringent underwriting standards.
In my 42d year of real estate, I would be honored to have your business. As I like to say, let's achieve success together.