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Everyone agrees that getting the right Lewes Realtor® for your team is vital when you’re buying or selling a home. Defining ‘right’ isn’t hard, either: for some of us, that will be a Realtor with the kind of dynamic sales personality that seems to make obstacles just disappear; for others, the ‘right’ Realtor® is the one we just ‘clicked’ with instantly—somebody who speaks the same language—is on the same wavelength—who we sense immediately will be someone with whom we can work seamlessly.
Sometimes even veteran homeowners who have bought and sold residences over the years have never had to develop a penetrating interview plan. Their trusted circle of friends may have included a real estate professional, or they may have had a good experience with the Realtor who introduced them to the community. But if that individual is no longer available, it’s going to be necessary to find a suitable replacement.
It all comes down to interviews—and why it’s important to get the most out of them. Personality is a perfectly valid basis for weighing candidates who will be performing the kind of vital service your Lewes Realtor will be called upon to do, but what if there is no single standout candidate in that department? If, after interviewing a host of equally sympathetic candidates, you can’t pare down the field with any degree of confidence—what then?
You won’t have to flip a coin (or consult a fortune teller!) if you’ve asked each candidate the same group of relevant questions. Some of them will differ depending on whether you are choosing a Realtor to help you buy or sell a property, but these are universally relevant:
· How long have you been working as a real estate professional? How long here in Lewes ?
· How do you keep your clients informed of progress?
· What if I need to get in touch with you?
· What kind of Lewes service providers can you connect your clients with?
· Will you represent me only, or will you represent both buyer and seller?
· What kind of team do you work with?
· What is the proposed fee arrangement?
If you make note of the answers to these and other similar questions, you should emerge with a feeling that you’ve gotten the most from the interview process. Along with the ‘track record’ materials every candidate Realtor will be sure to volunteer, at the end of the day, you’ll have with a solid basis for comparison. I hope you won’t hesitate to include me in your group of candidates! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit more listings at www.beachrealestate.com.
“Bitcoin Fever Hits US Real Estate Market” screamed last week’s headline—but like most of the other news stories about bitcoin, the details were less than convincing. Certainly, Delaware real estate has yet to be diagnosed with a serious case of bitcoin fever.
Yet, if you are a local homeowner who has begun to wonder if one day you might see “bitcoin accepted” messages in Delaware listings, you may have been tempted to check into what the hubbub is all about. Is bitcoin some get-rich-quick Ponzi scheme cloaked in technological mumbo-jumbo? Or is it destined to be the dominant exchange medium for all future electronic transactions?
One problem is that the bits and pieces of information that keep dribbling out through the media are often contradictory. If a single bitcoin is worth $11,000 (or $18,000, depending on the wildly fluctuating market), how could it possibly be used for buying a six-pack of Coke? Typical is the guidance offered by the CEO of the U.S.’s largest bank, JPMorgan Chase:
· Jamie Dimon: “If you’re stupid enough to buy bitcoin, you’ll pay the price one day.”
· Jamie Dimon: (a little later): “I’m not going to talk about bitcoin anymore.”
· Jamie Dimon: (a little later): “I regret calling bitcoin a fraud.”
My guess is that most of our Delaware neighbors don’t have much time to delve into the nuts and bolts of whether various cryptocurrencies may come to play a role in Delaware real estate transactions. Still, you can’t be too careful when it comes to future 21st-century reality. If self-driving cars are certain to arrive sooner rather than later (they are), who knows how soon digital currency will be the norm? With that in mind, here is a quick sketch of three basic bitcoin features:
1) Its power is based on “the blockchain.” The details of a bitcoin purchase are transmitted out onto the network, where it is added to a list of the latest transactions in a “block.” If the block is found to be legitimate by enough participating auditors (“miners”), the block is added to the public ledger (“the blockchain”). The blockchain contains the entire verified ledger—from the first transaction to the latest. No one can “cook the books” or counterfeit bitcoins because every transaction is set in stone forever. It’s like being able to put your trust in a group of bookkeepers who can never cheat.
2) Every block must adhere to the rules—the bitcoin computer protocols—precisely. If anything differs by so much as a gnat’s eyelash, that block will be rejected by the other miners and discarded. This prevents scams.
3) The rules include a limit to the total number of bitcoins that will ever be created (21 million), so each one should gain value if more and more people around the world accept bitcoin as payment. Most transactions will be made in tiny fractions of a bitcoin (this morning, $100 equaled nine-thousandths of a bitcoin). Since no central authority can print up more bitcoins when it needs extra cash, unlike traditional currencies, bitcoin is inflation-proof.
Of course, these are simplifications—and presented without possible drawbacks—but they do point to some of bitcoin’s appeal. Whether it will be widely adopted for everyday trade is completely unknown. At least for the moment, most Delaware listings will continue to do nicely without a “bitcoin accepted” notice.
For more of the latest in the Delaware real estate market, give me a call! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at email@example.com, visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com.