Behind the Scenes of a Property Inquiry
August 9, 2018 | Debbie Senseney
Good morning, this is Debbie Senseney with AGENT509 | Homes & Equity R.E Group, and I wanted to share a few insights about the comprehensive approach that is taken each time we get a property inquiry from clients. Our inquiries come to us through our agent509.comwebsite, Facebook or perhaps you just calling or emailing us directly... and when this happens, I want to take you through a real case example of the steps we take.
When someone calls us wanting to know more about a piece of property, it sometimes takes a little digging to gather information that will let them know whether they want to take a closer look at that particular property. Furthermore, we strive to provide them with the knowledge that could ultimately keep them from making an uninformed decision or at the minimum, save them time.
For example we recently received an inquiry from a customer regarding a beautiful vacant riverfront property. The client wanted to know more about it, so behind the scenes here at AGENT509 | Homes & Equity R.E. Group, that means applying our experience. Being new to the field of real estate, I pulled from the group here and had them walk me through what research was needed – then uploaded that information to our OneDrive...gathering information on the zoning, shoreline plan, flood plain, setbacks, assessors report and so forth, even talking to the County on current and future issues. To note, one important bit of information was missing from this listing and that was the identification of the high-water mark. The owner of the property had not had a survey done and the high-water mark was not identified - that’s not to blame the seller, but it could have a major impact on the buyer, whom we are representing. So, what is the high-water mark? The high-water mark is the determined place that a surveyor identifies as the starting place that a prospective buyer can walk off his set back from the river. In this example, the zoning was Rural but further research and dialogue with the county said that it will change to Urban...which changes the zoning and the setback from the river. That crucial piece of the puzzle would be needed prior to considering purchasing/building on that land and is something that we would always address for our prospective buyer and discuss with a seller before ever listing a piece of riverfront property.
It’s an interesting business to be in and every situation is different. We do our best to be thorough, transparent and have an open channel of communication with our clients and other realtors.
If you have any real estate questions, feel free to contact me on my Skype | Business line at 509-255-8516. Thanks for reading 😊 Debbie
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