A probate listing is unique, it requires a different level of care, support, and understanding.

A realtor who specializes in probate circumstances should do everything possible to make the clients’ life easier, less stressful, and help them move forward into the next phase of their life.
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Families suffering through the death of a loved one, often feel exposed, distrustful, and unprotected in their lives and personal affairs. Caution, care and diligence are to be exercised during this difficult time. We humbly offer to assist with realty services as a trusted fiduciary professional and probate-specialty real estate brokerage.

We know there are thousands of real estate agents in Oregon. Wouldn’t it make sense to work with one that specializes in probate? We work with attorneys every day, really getting the ins and outs and really understanding the process.

There are different skills, unique strategies, and specific knowledge, which don’t apply in a typical real estate transaction, yet are applicable and critical to successfully serve clients in probate situations.

Most often the client is not aware of the many complexities involved in completing a successful real estate transaction and ensuring that the entire process is a smooth, safe, and profitable experience.

So, how is the real estate process different in probate situations vs. ordinary circumstances?

A probate listing is unique, it requires a different level of care, support, and understanding.

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Your Agent Must Have Probate Realty Experience

When I say probate experience, it doesn’t have to be their own but you do want someone who is familiar with the probate process. That understanding means they’ll be aware of special disclosures and listing agreements, have diligent attention to probate law and a unique marketing strategy.

You want someone who can describe his or her services, relevant experience and unique capabilities required for probate real estate sales

Your Agent Must Be Efficient

The process of selling real estate through probate or trust is a series of court-regulated steps that must be carefully monitored and managed.

Deadlines are unforgiving, documentation is specialized and the court’s oversight must be honored throughout the marketing, offers, negotiations, and sale of the property.

Because of the involvement of the court, probate and trust sales have a vocabulary all their own. They also involve various disclosure documents and contracts that are not used in other real estate transactions.

Your Agent Should Have Marketing Finesse

Since this type of sale is different from a traditional sale, the agent should be prepared to present aggressive marking tactics – marketing your property even after the initial offer has been accepted.

The Agent should be able to provide online and mobile marketing, putting your property in front of potential buyers. Photos should be taken with this in mind. Today’s tech-savvy buyers begin their home search online and photographs are the first thing they look at.

Understand How the Agent Is Paid

If you’re selling your home, then typically the agent will receive commission from the sale of your home and is paid from the sale proceeds. That’s disclosed in the agreement upfront. If the house isn’t being sold, or you’re trying to decide if you should stay or go, then you may be working with the Realtor on a valuation, such as a Broker Price Opinion. Some agents will charge a fee for this while others may provide it at no cost, in the hopes of securing the listing if you decide to sell the house.

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