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Beth Richardson

By Lavender September 11, 2009

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Buying or selling a home is likely to be the largest financial transaction Americans make in their lives. However, Beth Richardson, a realtor with RE/MAX Results, often finds that a customer may have a more thorough interview with a potential hairdresser.

Richardson says, “Most people don’t ask many questions of their real estate agent about how long they’ve been at it, or how many transactions they do. I’ve been at it for 18 years, and I do between 60 and 100 deals a year.”

On average, the number of deals a realtor makes is closer to eight a year.

For Richardson, real estate is a full-time job. She encourages her clients to consider the long-term value of a property very carefully.

As Richardson explains, “I think the biggest mistake that people make when they don’t have good service—meaning good help in terms of guidance in real estate—is remembering that they need to sell this property when they get done with it. If they buy something that somebody else doesn’t want, then they’re going to have a hard time getting rid of it at some point.”

For her buyers, Richardson is able to see past creative staging, looking carefully at the floor plan, the location, and the overall condition of the property to help her clients make an appropriate offer.

Even in a buyer’s market, Richardson warns her clients not to overplay their hand. Prices may have dropped, but a buyer should not assume that he or she is the only one who may be interested in a particular home.

Richardson warns, “If a bank is asking $100,000 for a house, there’s a notion that you could get it for $50,000, and that’s not realistic.”

That said, it remains an excellent time to consider adding an investment property to one’s portfolio. It goes without saying, therefore, that sellers would be served best by postponing a sale if possible to avoid rock bottom pricing.

Richardson states, “If you don’t want to price accordingly, you shouldn’t be in the market right now. This is a price war and a beauty contest, and you have to win both of those things.”

Although Richardson’s office is in St. Paul, she works throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. To set up an appointment, call (651) 646-2100, or e-mail bethrichardson@movingtomin
nesota.com.

Name of Company: RE/MAX Results
Year Founded: Minneapolis franchise founded 1986
President/CEO: Dave Liniger
Local Franchise Owner: John Collopy
Number of Employees: RE/MAX International has more than 60,000 real estate agents worldwide; RE/MAX Results has 450 real estate agents locally
Address: 2100 Ford Pkwy., Ste. 201, St. Paul,
Phone: (651) 646-2100
Web Site: www.movingtominnesota.com

One Response to Beth Richardson

  1. Sherrira Williams says:

    I am my sister are near retirment after over 30 years at our seperate companys. Here is our problem. We are both 50’s age and never found our perspective mates so we are just single babyboomers. So, I know that not such a odd thing, but I am transexual and my sister is not she a old fashion normal heterosexual. But we are also multi racial. In today world you would think with a bi racial president things have improved; but nowadays blacks and whites are more willing to express there very conservative and negative feelings about transgender folks especially if your multi racial. In a sense black folks are very conservite about gender, sex and mix races as are still a portion of the white community;but black folks are worse. We are spanish, Irish, English and African American. I look Puerto Rican. We need a city to move to where we can join others in diversity and live and buy properties. I think my sister wants to be near me but she wants her own seperate place. I find even New Jersey and New York hostile in various cities in those states. I am almost ready to retire and buy a property and so is my sister. Pleas help with advise on areas of the county that would be excepting of mostly me.

    Thank You.

    Sherriea Williams

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