You want results … we deliver !

Buying, Selling 

You want results … we deliver !

          Unless you have actually been involved in the sale or purchase of a home this year, you may not understand what in the world is going on in real estate.  Interest rates remain low, apparently home prices have dropped significantly and yet, the news media keeps sharing dismal results.  You want results, we deliver.

         “The reality is that the well-documented contraction of mortgage credit, including larger down payment requirements, has actually put homeownership beyond the reach of many otherwise qualified homebuyers. Unfortunately, a steady drumbeat of headlines regarding this credit tightening has persuaded millions of potential homebuyers to abandon their dreams of home ownership.”  source http://www.workforce-resource.com

          If home prices dropped another 50%, the vast majority of buyers could not purchase them without a mortgage loan. If interest rates dropped to zero, it would not change the market if lenders do not make loans.  The access to mortgage money is the current roadblock to revival of the real estate market.

 You want results, we deliver.

          If you are considering selling your home, we will offer a full service listing for a rate between 5% and 6% (this does not apply to sellers that are in a “short sale status”).  If the home is priced right (based on local market, condition and location) it will sell!  Our fee is lower than most and you keep the difference. Money in your pocket, results, we deliver.

          If you are considering making a purchase, we will do everything possible to make sure you are aware of down payment assistance that is available to you (Everyone’s situation is different…don’t assume their is no help for you). Should you be successful in finding and purchasing a home, we will make sure you receive a rebate on the purchase price (this offer is not available if you were referred to us by a Broker that has to be paid a referral fee).

          A successful real estate transaction is possible today. You just have to exercise your right and choose an agent that will deliver.  You want results … we deliver !

Contact us now

John MacArthur

Lourdes Tudela

Century 21 New Millennium

301-509-5111

Momma said..Don’t talk to strangers

I know. I know. It seems like I am often quoting Momma.  In the past, I shared that Momma always warned you not to go out without protection.  That was pretty important advice and those that heeded it are much better off today.  Another important admonition shared by Momma was “Don’t talk to strangers”.

Let’s say you are thinking about buying a home.  You sign on to the internet (you are reading this, so you are a pretty savvy internet used) and begin a search for homes in your area.  It doesn’t matter which search terms you use as long as you get the general area correct.  If you are using your google machine, you will get around 164,000 sites to view within but a fraction of a second.  Other than the few paid for sites at the top of the list, it is a real techno crap shoot as to which sites appear next.  You can click on any of them and find pretty much the same information.  Most people check out two or three as they search. The layouts are different and you may have the illusion that one site will have properties that another does not have.  That is not the case, but folks check a few out anyway.

Most of the sites offer you a chance to save the homes you viewed.  Some promise to send you listings that meet your criteria, thereby helping you avoid signing in and starting a search from scratch.  If either of those options appeal to you, you fill out the minimal information.  The request seems innocent enough.

Pretty soon you will receive a phone call or two or three or more.  Strangers will be calling, offering to help you in your search.  The will seem pleasant enough.  By the time you wonder, how did they get your number, you will possibly feel obligated to give them a chance.  They bought your name. They bought your number. They bought your email address.  They bought every piece of information you entered in the form. They bought you.

Most of you did not even know you were for sale. Most of you did not know that a stranger could buy the information and then act like “they were assigned to assist you“.  Illusions created in phone conversations often hide the fact, your information was bought and paid for.

We think you deserve the opportunity to get to know a little bit about an agent before they are acting on your behalf.  We think you are the buyer and you deserve the respect and consideration of those that work in our industry. You should have the ability to check out someone before you start sharing personal information.

We are not gong to buy you.  Nope, it is our belief that you deserve a rebate on the purchase.  Why should some stranger running a website benefit from your purchase?  You probably need the money a whole lot more than the folks running some slick website.  So we rebate a portion of our commission right back to you after the sale. We do it above board and in compliance with Maryland Law.

Check us out. Have a conversation with us. Get to know us. Like Momma said..Don’t talk to strangers.  We have a contact form that can be reached by filling out this LINK.  We have no hidden agenda.  We want to represent you in the purchase of a home and we are willing to put a portion of what we earn right back in your pocket.

I am John MacArthur and I invite you to “experience the difference.”

Rebates for home buyers

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Most of you don’t know how in the world that real estate agent called you.  You were just searching for homes on-line and all of a sudden an agent calls.  It must be magic!  Sorry to disappoint you, there is no magic involved.  Your contact information was bought and paid for before you even signed in to a website.

When the rules changed and listings became available on the internet, the door was opened for anyone with a website to share local listings with you.  Access to the information could be purchased from the multiple listing service.  The brokers that provide the information signed an agreement that made the information available to the market.  Many companies (Zillow, Trulia, Market Leader, etc) seized this opportunity to create fancy websites that would attract consumers.  Their goal was to draw home buyers in with promises of all the data.  They created innocuous little forms to be filled out “so you could be kept up to date with any new listings that meet your criteria”.

Once you filled out the information, it was sold. You see, while these companies were creating pretty websites, they were also soliciting real estate agents.  They offer “warm leads from buyers in your area”.  They break down incoming leads by zip code and sell the rights to all the leads in that zip code to any agent that is willing to pay a monthly fee.  Some companies just charge a fee so the agent can send a resume to all that sign up in their assigned zip codes.  That’s right, they don’t need to be qualified, they only need a bank account.

Money is changing hands before you even get into the market.  Your name, email address and phone number are gold to the companies that sell leads. Major brokerages are not innocent in the practice.  You go to Remax, Weichert, Coldwell Banker, Long and Foster etc. and your name is forwarded to an agent that is either willing to share a large part of the commission earned or an agent that pays a monthly fee for the right to receive “referrals”.  Again, your information is bought and paid for (or bartered for) before you decide to look at homes.

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The price varies depending on the source that trades your information.  Regardless, the agent that is calling you may not be the most qualified.  The agent calling you may have one eye on the cost of your referral and another on the amount of homes you are shown.  The agent calling you is viewing the outcome as a return on investment. The agent calling you only had to be willing to pay for the opportunity. I may be crazy, but I believe the agent should be focused on what you need rather than on what will create the best return on his or her investment in a lead system.

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Well, I say you deserve the right to cut out the middleman.  I don’t want to pay for your name. I would rather you took the time to see if I might be the right agent for you.  I think if any money changes hands, you should benefit from that,rather than be the product being sold.  I  just think there is a better way.

Firms like Zillow, Trulia, etc. make the majority of their income from charging agents (that subscribe to their service) a fee for every lead generated. Other firms charge a percentage of the commission earned. The majority of them only know about DC from what they see on CNN. Regardless, they are offering you the “expert”. The only verifiable skill set used to qualify the agent is their ability to pay the lead companies monthly statement.. You deserve better.It seems like from the moment you go online searching for a home, everybody has their hand in the pot.

Well, from where I sit, it is your damn pot. It only seems fair that you have the first dibs on “hands in”. So, here is your chance at reducing the amount of money you spend on purchasing a home.

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I would rather pay you a rebate, after the purchase of a home.  I would rather share money with you after a sale than pay for the chance to represent you in the beginning.  Rebates to buyers are perfectly legal in the State of Maryland.  The amount of money rebated from me will be related to what I earn on the sale.  This is not discount representation, this is an open disclosure of the value of working with you. This offer is only valid if your first contact with me is through the form below or my brokers website (c21nm.com)

Rebates for buyers, now that is a better way for both of us. If we meet and you don’t think I can do the job, well as they say “no harm, no foul”.  If you do find that I am more than qualified to represent you and your interests, it is a win-win situation.  Again, the offer is only valid for those consumers that make their first contact with me through the form below or through my brokers website (c21nm.com)

 

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Interested, fill out the form, If not, well you can always take your chances with someone who chose to buy your name.  In either case, best of luck in your home search.

My name is John MacArthur. I am with Century 21 New Millennium and I invite you to experience the difference. For purposes of this offer, YOU MUST USE THE FORM BELOW AS YOUR INITIAL MEANS OF CONTACT WITH ME. NO EXCEPTIONS.