Get to Know Philip Green
From an early age Phil has been involved in Real Estate at some level. His family has been investing in farm & ranch and managing rental properties all over Texas since he was born. In 1985, while working for a large Real Estate Management firm out of Chicago, Phil went to school and obtained his Real Estate License and has continued to be involved in the industry at some level ever since. In November 2005 the opportunity to own a Real Estate Brokerage, Realty World Aggieland, was made available and then in December 2006 Phil became a 50% partner in Realty World Hills & Lakes on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. The commitment to the industry has broadened quite rapidly the last few years for the Green family. Phil's focus is and has always been on the needs of his clients. Making each real estate transaction smoother, faster, and simpler, while maintaining a high level of customer service in the process. Real Estate is not a job to Phil, it is fun, exciting, and a very rewarding adventure. Every client's transaction is a journey with new experiences to be had. Phil is married to Lisa (23 years) and they have a daughter, Lauren (18), and son, Kyle (14). Phil and Lisa also served in church ministry from 1985 to 2005 at various capacities from Church Administrator to Senior Pastor and have truly enjoyed the opportunity to serve. The Green family looks forward to helping families fulfill their dreams of finding that right home and becoming a vital part of their community. Phil & Lisa also look forward to helping Real Estate Agents surpass their personal goals as they journey through their Real Estate careers.
Use a Buyer's Agent It's important that you choose an experienced agent who is there for you. Your agent should be actively finding you potential homes, keeping you informed of the entire process, negotiating furiously on your behalf, and answering all of your questions with competence and speed. First, find an agent who represents you and not the seller. This is beneficial during the negotiation process. If you are working with a buyer's agent, he or she is required not to tell the seller of your top choice. In addition, he or she is also focused on getting you the lowest asking price. Also, when you use a buyer's agent, you will see more properties. Not only are they plugged into their Multiple Listing Service, but also they are actively finding homes that are listed as FSBO, or homes that sellers are thinking about listing. Finding the Right Agent Not all agents work the same way. The most important attribute of an agent is that he/she is well connected to the real estate industry. He/she should know the market and provide information on past sales, current listings, his or her marketing plan, and at least 4 solid references. In addition, you also want to look for an agent that is honest, assertive, and one that best understands your needs. Try to go with a local agent. They can better serve your needs; they are familiar with what the local market condition is, the local prices are, and what's hot or not in your community. Hot, Normal, and Cold Markets Hot Market - This is an extremely competitive market, one that is advantageous to the seller. Sometimes, homes will sell as soon as they are listed or even before homes are listed. Typically, during a hot market, multiple offers will be made on each home and more often than not, homes will sell for more than their asking price. It is even more crucial to be prepared and to be ready as a buyer when the market is hot. It can be easy to get caught up in the bid for a home, but if you are prepared (pre-approved, solid in price range, realistic about your needs), it is easier to remain focused on your housing needs and price range. Normal Market - In a normal market, there is fairly a large number of homes available and an average number of buyers. This market does not necessarily favor the buyer or the seller. A seller may not have as many offers on their home, but he or she may not be desperate to sell either. Again, it is the buyer's responsibility to be prepared. During a normal market, the chances to negotiate are higher than in a hot market. As a buyer, you can expect to make offers at lower than the asking price and negotiate a price at least somewhat less than what the sellers are asking. Cold Market - In a cold market, houses may be listed for more than a year and the prices of houses listed may drop considerably. This market is advantageous to the buyer. As a buyer, you have the time to make an offer that works to your best interest. It is not uncommon to low-ball and to find that sellers are accommodating to meet your needs. Keep in mind that even though this market is a great time for buyers, you do not want to lose your dream home by being unrealistic. Your goal is to get your dream home at the best possible price.
Philip has 22 years of Real Estate experience to facilitate clients with their endeavors in purchasing property. The right agent makes all the difference in the world.