Lisa and Jim's Northern Nevada Real Estate Blog: Professional Agents Work Way Beyond Listing and Selling

Professional Agents Work Way Beyond Listing and Selling

Professional Agents Work Way Beyond Listing and Selling  

The stereotypical image of a real estate agent is one of an individual always looking for someone to list or buy with them.  No limitations to their efforts to nab a customer to make a buck wherever they are.  Though there are many agents that typify that image, the true professional agent is far from the money-driven self-centered goofball so portrayed. 

True professionals work in their clients' best interest.  They do what is necessary, often with the understanding that there won't be any monetary return for their efforts.  Delivering professional real estate service isn't always about buying and selling.  If a client prefers to keep their property the professional will do what they can to assist them to do so. 

In a recent situation an owner had a lender that wouldn't extend a note that was due ... the borrowers had made every payment on time, they wanted to keep the property, and they could easily afford the payment.  The lender was calling their note due because there was a 5 year balloon pament that had matured.  The Borrowers were happy to keep the property and continue to make the loan payments even though the property was over $100,000 upside down. 

Though they really wanted to keep the property, they approached us to list it.  We encouraged them to work on getting an extension so they could keep the property that they loved.  We provided them with market data to show the lender the true financial status of their position.  They were able to get a five year extension and keep the land they wish to build their dream home on. 

Buyers often get qualified and think they need to spend all the way up to what the amount they are able to borrow.  It isn't really about the price of the home they are buying, but more about the features and location that they want.  If they can get what they want for less money a good agent will show them the entire spectrum of the market so they can buy their home more economically. 

Agents help people in many ways.  Call yours and ask about Homesteading your Nevada Property.  There is no charge, but the value can be significant to you.  You can also ask your professional agent about the new subdivision going in behind your property and how it will impact you; help in values to appeal your tax bill; what's going on in the market, generally and specifically in your neighborhood; a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) to get an update on the value of your home; easement or encroachment problems; vesting issues, etc.  There are many different aspects to real estate and the consumer can't be expected to know everything about all of them. 

Our Advice:  Professional agents are available to help you with your real estate needs ... all of them.  UseLisa Wetzel and Jim Valentine RE/MAX Realty Affiliates them for information, perspective, and ideas that can help you.  They aren't attorneys, accountants, or engineers, but they can ballpark you if you've legal, tax, or technical real estate problems or concerns and direct you to the proper professional if your situation warrants the use of one.  Build a good relationship with an agent and you will realize many benefits.  You can help them by referring your friends and family that are looking to buy or sell to such rounded professional agents.  We are fortunate to have many true professional practitioners in our Northern Nevada region that keep the public protected and the standard of practice high. 

Don't try to "Google" your way to real estate knowledge if you have problems or curiosity.  Much of the available information is general - you need specific detailed help.  When it comes to choosing professionals to assist you with your real estate needs... Experience is Priceless!  Lisa Wetzel & Jim Valentine, CDPE, SFR, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates, 775-781-5472., 


Lisa Wetzel and Jim Valentine are the authors of this blog.  Lisa, Jim  and Jessie are experts in Carson Valley , Carson City and the tri-county area of Douglas County , Carson City and Lyon County.  Call our team anytime at 775-781-5472 or 775-781-3704.  To Search for Homes go to: Carson Valley Listing Book  or visit our website at

Comment balloon 2 commentsLisa Wetzel • August 03 2010 03:48PM


This is a good point. I have often talked my clients out of selling because it wasn't the right thing to do!

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) about 9 years ago

Great post!  I try to explain this very subject to my perspective clients, I would think they would have the same attitude as professionals

Hot Rod 

My job is to make the home or business look its best as well as inviting.  Working with a broker / realtor who has a camera and thinks they can do what I do can be frustrating.  Although I offer some advice to the novice for best lighting or angles.

Posted by Vincent Cascio (Black Hawk Virtual Media) about 9 years ago