Top Agent Magazine Feature - What it means to me by Clark Hutt

 

I was ecstatic to receive a call from Top Agent Magazine saying that they’d like to feature me in an article in May. So many things ran through my head as to what this means and why I’d get the call. And while Top Agent might mean different things to different people I’d like to tell you what it means to me. 

 

Check out the article Here - if you haven't already

 

First of all it means that I’ve succeeded in creating a real estate business. It means that I’ve kept enough business to provide for my family, been wise enough to get repeat and new business, and smart enough to stay honest and do business the right way so that I can keep doing business.

 

It doesn’t mean that I’m the highest earning realtor by any means. To me the highest earning realtors are deal seekers and not people helpers. They are trying to accumulate homes like a notch on the belt and in the process may or may not care about the people or time behind them. 

 

It also doesn’t mean that I only sell the highest value homes. I often work with first time home buyers who are definitely not in the highest price range. I do work a lot with new construction which also requires more time to attend to a transaction than the average home.  

 

I can’t thank my past and current clients enough for getting me to a place where I can help more people and support my family. It wasn’t long ago that I thought I would always be in a retail job, not loving what I did, and thinking that I wouldn’t be able to do anything besides that. But now that I’m here and I’ve helped people find the homes that they will create families in, I can’t believe it. 

 

What good business looked like to me - 

Over the last year (2015) I completed 18 different transaction. 10 listings and 8 buy sides. Of all of those listings I averaged 100 days from Listing until closing. I averaged 103% of list price on these transaction which means I got my clients more money than they were expecting. Throughout all of these transactions I managed 9.7 Million dollars.

 

New Construction - What to Think about by Clark Hutt

In Denver and the surrounding areas right now, there are so many different opportunities to purchase a new build. Whether it's a big builder, a small builder, or something in between there are always things to look for that are different from you average real estate transaction.

 

First off, you need to know who your builder is. What's their reputation? How long have they been doing it? Do they have more builds after this current one so they will stick around to fix any issues that come up. You will want assurances that once they build your house they aren't going to flee and then never be heard from again.

Secondly theres a whole different set of contracts for new construction. Builders and developers don't use the standard Colorado Real Estate contract. They do this for a number of reasons, but the biggest is to protect themselves while leaving little to protect you. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't sign/use their contracts, it just means that you really need to understand what it says and what it doesn't. You want to know what powers you have, when you can exercise them and what recourse you have if the builder doesn't follow what he's saying.

And thirdly, now is the time to be a little picky. This is the only chance you get to look at what is going in your house and be able to change anything. Are they using the correct materials so that you have a strong house that will last? Is everything where you need it to be, ie. outlets, switches, doors, internet, and cable? These are much tougher to move after your house is sealed. While it might seem painstaking go over any lists the builder can provide for the materials that are going in so you understand how your home is constructed, and make sure they stick to that.

I'm always happy to help people through their new construction. Keep in mind as well that most builders don't give discounts if you don't have a realtor, so it never hurts to have someone on board who can look out for your interests.