Since 2004, StartingPoint Realty has been focused on one thing: the first-time homebuyer. It’s unusual for a real estate agency to be dedicated to this market. We don’t make as much money per transaction as other agencies, we hold a lot of hands, we deal with client uncertainty. Are we crazy? Maybe, but that’s o.k.
Why StartingPoint Realty?
We live, breathe, and talk about you all day long. But really, so what? Just because Apple, Inc. has a passion for making great computers and Ipods, does that mean they’re the best at it? We challenge ourselves with that question everyday. The first step begins with integrity. StartingPoint Realty has a strict ethical policy. Interestingly enough, our agent training and regular meetings rarely have to touch upon ethics and being honest. Why? Because we only select those that have those qualities inherent in their personality. We don’t select just anyone to be an agent for StartingPoint Realty. It’s just the opposite, as we average about one agent hired per 20 candidates interviewed.
The other half deals with the supply side of the market. Given that 95% of our clients buy homes under $500,000, we’re constantly in and out of homes in this price range. It’s not unusual for a client to hear us say, ‘I just showed this home to another client a month ago.’ Looking around online is great, but your agent needs to know what you want and need in a home, and that might evolve into something different, which is just as important. But your agent should be keeping an eye out at all times for you.
Since we’ve been doing this for a little while now, we constantly get input from lenders, attorneys, associations, local governments, etc. If it has to do with the first time home buyer, we know about it. Don’t ask us about jumbo loans, vacation properties, investment properties, commercial buildings, rentals, retirement communities. What consumes our conversation throughout the day are items like debt to income ratios, FHA loans, good and bad condo associations, foreclosures, short sales, municipality grants for first time buyers, etc.
But the best way to find out about us – talk to a recent client of ours. We’ll give you three if you ask us. Or, just take a look at our testimonials. We think you’ll understand that we’re not here to sell you a house, we’re here to help you make the right decision, protect your interests, educate you on the process, and we always seem to have fun with all our clients. This should be exciting, we never lose sight of that fact.