It is very important you select a Realtor that not only you enjoy meeting with and find easy to talk to, but one that is experienced in SELLING. Tim Dunham has been in commission sales since 1991 and over the past couple decades has taken numerous courses in negotiating and sales making him very well equipped to assist you and represent your interests in possibly the largest investment transaction of your life!
Tim and his wife are raising their 4 children and a very involved member of TNT Bible Church in Topsham. He is extremely tech savvy and very efficient at communicating with his clientele by responding to 90% of emails/texts within a few minutes! He streamlines the negotiation process with electronic signing processes which will allow his clients to make or accept offers paperless in only a few short minutes.
For Tim’s sellers, he uses technology to record all interest on his listings and notify his seller of showings and responses to a feedback survey that is given to each buyer/buyer agent after viewing the property. He also hires a professional stager for select homes that will assist in getting the house to be best prepared for the market. He also hires a professional photographer to shoot the interior and exterior of the property and sometimes even an aerial drone to take some elevated shots that better capture features of the home.
Many online resources that assist home buyers and sellers in choosing a Realtor will encourage you to interview several Realtors before you hire them. I agree with this practice and so here are some of the questions professionals should be asked before you select one to work for you in helping you buy or sell real estate along with my response to each:
How long have you been a Realtor?
Since 2000 and I opened my own office in 2003.
Is being a Realtor your only full-time job or do you do anything else to earn an income?
I have been 100% full time as a Realtor since 2000 and do not earn an income doing anything other than helping buyers and sellers close transactions.
How many closings do you have a year? Be sure to qualify this to make sure they are giving “THEIR” sales and not a combined total of their team of 2 or more agents, which many will do. This is called padding their stats and you want to be sure you are getting accurate information that pertains to the specific agent you are interviewing.
While I have personally negotiated thousands of contracts I close around 40-70 transactions each year.
What credentials do you have? It is important to know how plugged in or connected your prospective Realtor is to the industry.
Androscoggin Board of Realtors
2006-2010 Director and Executive Officer
Merrymeeting Board of Realtors (greater Brunswick area)
2013 Realtor of the Year
2012-2016 Director and Executive Officer
Lincoln County Board of Realtors
Maine Listings (Maine’s MLS)
2015 Vice President (will be 2017 President)
2014 Executive Officer
Maine Association of Realtors
6 Years Director 2007-2009 & 2013-2015