Waukesha County Home

May, 2022

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What does a Realtor do? A Realtor helps peo- ple buy or sell their homes, right? Sounds sim- ple, but few things are as straightforward as they sound, especially in today's real estate market. According to Kimberly Dove, an assistant sales director for Shorewest Realtors, the first thing to know is that Realtors are not all the same. In fact, there are many brokerages to choose from and a number of different business models — including full service, limited service and flat fee. And, as in all professions, there isn't one way of doing business and providing service. To understand how Realtors work, experts recommend talking with a few before selecting one. "A conversation should provide you with a clear understanding of the level of service you'll receive," says Abby Hauke, general sales manager, First Weber Inc. Lake Country and Jefferson County offices. "A Realtor will also help you know what the buying or selling process entails. For example, prepping your home, listing it on the MLS and getting the accepted offer are only a fraction of the steps involved," Hauke says. No matter the level of service, experience is key. "Experience and expertise are extremely important, especially in this challenging mar- ket," says Mike Kollmansberger, a real estate broker with Shorewest Realtors. "The process of buying or selling a property is complex and for most people it's the largest financial transaction they've ever been involved in." C O N T E N T S Gardening in small spaces A little glass know-how can pay off in a new patio door Get the look of a wood door without the maintenance A publication of the Waukesha Freeman and Oconomowoc Enterprise • May 2022 Demystifying the role of a Realtor See REALTOR/Page 2 Still important in 'challenging market' Courtesy of Shorewest Realtors Kimberly Dove, an assistant sales director with Shorewest Realtors, left, talks with a client.

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