Selling a Home: the Right Realtor Makes a Huge Difference
Marketing, strategy, and experience have a big impact on how much your home sells for and how quickly it sells.
8 key things to consider when selecting a Realtor to sell your home:
- Do they have a strategy designed to increase the odds of multiple simultaneous offers up front and bidding up of the sales price? How often does this strategy succeed?
- How many homes have they sold in the past 12 months? Do the results they've demonstrated match up with the claims they are making about their effectiveness?
- Are past clients attesting to their integrity? Are they someone you can trust to look out for your best interests and not do things like try to "get the listing over with" by telling buyers' agents they think you'd be willing to take less money?
- How quickly do they typically sell homes? Are they actively marketing and selling homes rapidly, or do they list homes and passively wait for buyers to come?
- What impression do you get from their online presence on Zillow and their business website? Does it show they understand the importance of the internet and have a solid grasp on using technology?
- How many years of experience do they have? Will they have the negotiating skills to help maximize your sales price and see the deal to successful completion if it runs into any snags?
- What are real client reviews on their Zillow profile saying? There you can read both good and bad reviews unlike Realtor-compiled testimonial lists which may be cherry-picked to show only good ones.
- Will you be attracted by an experienced Realtor that meets many of the criteria above only to have a less experienced person on their team actually doing all of the work and being your only point of contact? Or will your Realtor themselves be easily accessible to you and actively involved?
Jimmy Reed is the top-rated Orange County Realtor on Zillow with 4.9 out of 5.0 stars from over 145 reviews and is the #1 South Orange County Realtor by past sales in the last 12 months. Jimmy gets many repeat clients and has an extremely high referral base because he delivers top results combined with outstanding service and rapid response times. He leverages proven strategies that work to maximize your sales price, and he has a track record of closing even difficult escrows. You will get your money's worth as Jimmy doesn't just sit around waiting for your home to sell itself - he makes a sizable investment in promoting your property and doing the job right.
I can't give Jimmy a good enough review. He is an excellent realtor -- professional, dedicated, knowledgeable, thorough, and hard-working. We had to remotely sell a home in San Clemente, while living in the Bay Area. The house needed a tremendous amount of work and Jimmy managed all of the painting, flooring, appliance repairs, cleaning, staging, and even a last minute bathroom remodel due to water damage. He got our house in pristine shape, held the most amazing open house and we got five offers in two days!!! The house sold for $40K over the asking price. I know that if it wasn't for him, the house never would have sold for the price that it did. He is super detail oriented, had all of the contractors on their toes, ensuring that the work they did was high quality. He impressed us every step of the way. I cannot recommend him highly enough. -jentparker
To me, Jimmy Reed is the most knowledgeable agent in South Orange County. I was selling my home and buying a new home at the same time and Jimmy handled both negotiations with the utmost skill. He has a thorough knowledge of all the geographical areas he covers, as well as personal relationships with other agents and lenders, which was a huge advantage in our two deals. His customer service is the best I have ever encountered and is always there to help and take responsibility for all the little details required in buying and selling property. Jimmy comes with my highest recommendation. -user5344585
When selling a home, Jimmy understands the most important things are getting top dollar, selling quickly, and minimizing stress in what can be a difficult process. These seemingly simple goals are not always easy to achieve, but time and time again Jimmy delivers by using techniques built on over 16 years of experience, seasoned negotiating skills, and ongoing learning and adapting to changing markets and technologies. Jimmy leverages marketing strategies designed to generate a massive amount of initial interest; potentially resulting in a multiple-offer scenario in any market.
Jimmy and his team marketed our property aggressively and effectively. He worked tirelessly to save the sale during a difficult escrow, and was always available for our many questions and concerns. Above all, he was extremely patient while dealing with issues that arose during the course of the marketing and sale of our property. I highly recommend him and his team, whether you are buying or selling a property. -user7224598
Photos can make all the difference in getting your home to catch the attention of buyers who may be browsing many other listings online and may in a matter of seconds be making a judgment on what they think your home is worth, or even if they want to consider it at all. Jimmy invests in quality visuals of the properties he sells. Listings may include a virtual tour video slideshow of pan and zoom photos set to music that is designed to communicate the character and appeal of your home to prospective buyers, and aerial drone videography and/or walk-through videography may also be employed. Jimmy's high-caliber visual presentation is part of why sellers ranging from first-time all the way to high-end multi-million dollar homes trust him to represent their properties to their full potential.
His pictures were fantastic and set our place out from every other one in our area. We were amazed at how well they came out, and we are convinced that they made a huge difference. Following a well-attended open house, we received 5 offers within a week. -tunadon
The internet has changed the real estate industry dramatically and especially how buyers are looking for homes. Jimmy embraces technology and understands the importance of consumer-oriented sites such as Zillow and Trulia as well as offering digital document signing to save sellers time and hassle. He doesn't just focus on promoting homes on a few mediums but understands that buyers comes from many different sources, and leverages channels such as social media, print advertising, high quality brochures, and traditional magazine and postcard ads.
Jimmy Reed is the best real estate professional is southern CA. I'm a very demanding consumer, and I have been extremely pleased with his integrity, commitment, knowledge, strategic marketing and keen negotiating skills. I am a repeat customer, simply because Jimmy get timely, bottom line excellent results! -user40551723
We listed our home on a Thursday and were having an open house the following Saturday. They time everything so perfectly, that we received a couple of offers within a couple of days of the listing. -nadineesbusiness
Jimmy and his team operate with a high degree of integrity and ethics. You won't be lured into signing a listing contract with promises of a higher sales price than is realistic, only to have your home sit on market, potentially hurting you when potential buyers wonder why it's been on the market for so long without selling and a price reduction is needed. From start to finish Jimmy will look out for your best interests, even on the small things that sellers might not realize like not putting an "in escrow" sign out front which looks good for the agent but may reduce chances of backup offers. Jimmy understands your time is valuable and is a down to earth guy with a no-nonsense approach, striking a good balance between being on top of things and being relational, taking the time to answer questions and not pushing you to make decisions.
Jimmy knows what buyers want in a house and gets right to the point with the seller. There is no wishy washy sales speak. He tells it like it is. It isn't always what the seller wants to hear, but if your agent doesn't tell you this, the buyer will by not submitting an offer. -daiv
Jimmy and his team are trustworthy, honest, hardworking and do everything in their power to ensure a smooth process for all parties involved. I, without hesitation, would recommend Jimmy, Kate, and Lisa to my friends and family. -zuser20140623162811451
What I most appreciate is his responsiveness and his no frills, transparent approach to work. Good news is good news, and bad news is bad news... it all gets communicated clearly and quickly with a proposed course of action and various options to choose from. -sojourner16
Combined with many years of experience, as a graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), Jimmy has training to navigate not only common transactions but also more complex ones including corporate relocations and 1031 exchanges, and he has knowledge and experience in certain financial, investment, and legal areas that other Realtors may lack.
Jimmy and Lisa are not your ordinary real estate agents. From our initial meeting through the sale of our house (1 day) they provided a level of service and knowledge that we have not encountered in the past. We are retired military and have bought and sold many homes over the last 27 years. Jimmy and Lisa are polished and professional while providing a supportive atmosphere that allows for excellent communication. On a scale of 1- 10, we give them a 10! You will not be disappointed! -user4389251
Jimmy and his wife Lisa are a great team. Their knowledge and commitment to excellence has made the buying and selling experience much less stressful and more efficient for me and my wife. We've used them on several buying and selling transactions: their personal integrity makes all the difference. Starting with their assessment of our needs, thorough market research, communication and negotiation skills, deep legal understanding and extensive connections with trustworthy folks in related skills/service areas - I just won't use anyone else. Highly recommended. -Dave2671
...Jimmy and his team put together a beautiful flyer for our home and held an open house for both days over the weekend. We were in escrow three days after we listed and above our asking prices It's sounds unreal, but they made it happen! Jimmy and his team made the entire selling process smooth and easy. I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends. -beckyramie
I recommend Jimmy Reed for all of your real estate needs. Jimmy is very knowledgeable and professional in all aspects of the business. Jimmy is a man of high character and he will always have your best interests in mind. -user2543022
Reviews may have been minimally edited for spelling or grammar (the review submission form doesn't have spelling or grammar check built in), and bolding has been added. The phrase "#1 South Orange County Realtor by past sales in the last 12 months" is referring to the number of "Past Sales" (last 12 months) as reported on Zillow out of all agents specializing in South Orange County. This page is based on data as of April 2015/16.