"Good Will" Services
Though Laura specializes in residential home and condo sales, people ask her real estate favors all the time and she is happy to do them. They include:
A) Giving property owners excellent exposure for their rentals. She takes superb photos of the property, uploads the listing with photos onto the MLS, which allows the homes to be seen on Realtor.com, Zillow.com, Trulia.com, etc. The landlord then handles all aspects of the rental: taking the calls, showing the property, screening the tenant, signing the lease. Laura does not procure renters or manage properties.
B) Studying out-of-area/state properties. Laura is licensed to sell real estate in California and focuses on San Diego County but that doesn't preclude her from asking her title reps to generate property profiles of homes in other counties or states. For example: Kevin and Francis are interested in a particular house in Texas. They don't know any Realtors out there, they have no idea if the asking price for the home is fair, they trust Laura and ask her for help. Laura asks her local title rep to contact a sister title rep in Texas who will put together a property profile which includes property description, plat map, recent solds (comps), lien information. This profile helps the potential buyer better understand the property and make more informed decisions on out-of-area purchases. Laura recommends clients always use the services of a local Realtor when purchasing a home and is happy to refer an agent once she has screened the agent.