15 QUESTIONS SMART HOMEBUYERS (AKA YOUR CLIENTS) CAN ASK BEFORE THEY MOVE IN

One of the most fundamental aspects of social media for your real estate business is that they effectively enable broad dissemination of information.  Facebook, Twitter and blogging are all great ways of imparting vital info to your clients and prospects, and following is a blog post idea you can use regarding questions people should be asking previous homeowners prior to moving into their new home.  As a real estate professional, you’re aware of what people need to know, so feel free to use these and add your own for an interesting blog post…                       

1. Can you recommend a good family doctor/dentist (or mechanic/hairstylist…) etc?

2. What day of the week is garbage day?  And, what about large item pick-up – how does that work?

3. Where is the most economical place to do the grocery shopping?

4. Where is the circuit breaker box; the valve to shut off water to the home; the sprinkler system control; the basement pump; etc.  These questions are especially important if a thorough home inspection has not been conducted.

5. What are the neighbors like? Friendly?  Partiers? Quiet?

6. Is the community a close-knit one?

7. Are there a lot of children on the street?  What is the average age of the children on the street?

8. What are the options for childcare in the area?

9. Is there any interesting or quirky history to the home?

10. Are there any quirks we should know about regarding how things work in the home or the appliances – eg: the back door lock needs to be jiggled prior to trying to insert the key to unlock; etc.

11. Where is the closest dog park?

12. What is your opinion of the school system in the area?

13. Where is the closest fire department/police station?

14. Are there any major problems with wildlife – i.e.: raccoons, skunks, squirrels, etc.

15. What was your favorite room in the house (in terms of sunshine/brightness or warmth or coolness)?

As you know, when homebuyers access the keys, there are so many things to learn about the new home.  If they are able to chat with the previous owners about things items like those mentioned above, it could go a long way to making the move much more transitional and simple.  Why not share this info with your clients?

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About online - e - realty

Doug Mack has been providing consulting and training services to the real estate industry since 2006. Specializing in computer related services and tools, Doug is the owner of DM & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in training and computer services to real estate, insurance and mortgage groups. Recently Doug founded online e realty, a firm specializing in Social Media.
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