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Why should I use The Clawson Network?

We have carefully put together a great group of agents who each have various specialties. We can help with buying or selling your home. We can help with investing or flipping homes. We work with many builders. We have agents who help with remodeling. Whatever your HOME need is we can help you.

Would I be better off using a Team of Realtors versus and Individual Realtor?

Yes. Some promote the Team approach as better since they have many people doing different things throughout the process and they say they can focus better on the little things and this is in your best interest. We created this Team because we have learned that there are so many aspects to Real Estate that is is beneficial to our clients for us to be on a team. We think it is also good to know that you will be dealing with us at all levels. If you deal with too many different people on a Team it gets confusing as who to talk to and when. Even though we work on a team, you can rest assured we will work with you though out the entire process.

Are you a Realtor?

Yes, we all are. We are all members of the Columbus Board of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors, as well as the National Association of Realtors . We have access to all MLS listings.

What properties will you show us? What do you have access to?

We can show you any agent’s listing (unlike many traditional listing companies that just show their listings or their company’s listings). Not only that, but we also can show you For-Sale-By- Owners (which many traditional agents don’t like to work with), HUD repossessed properties, auctioned properties, new builds, foreclosures, and land, etc.

What properties will you show us? What do you have access to?

We can show you any agent’s listing (unlike many traditional listing companies that just show their listings or their company’s listings). Not only that, but we also can show you For-Sale-By- Owners (which many traditional agents don’t like to work with), HUD repossessed properties, auctioned properties, new builds, foreclosures, and land, etc.

If I choose not to have representation and go directly to the Seller’s agent, will I save money?

Absolutely not. The fee that we would have received will just go to the Seller’s agent. They collect all of the money and you will get “dual agency” representation, or no representation at all.

Do you work a particular area or part of town?

No. Unlike traditional realtors, We do not work, or “farm” any particular area of town. We work all over, and work with a wide variety of clients and price ranges.

So if I’m looking for a specific neighborhood maybe I should go with somebody who is more “familiar” with that neighborhood.

Not necessarily. Again, they’re trying to sell you something, so they may tell you what you want to hear. You need somebody who is unbiased, who will not “steer” you to a particular neighborhood or property. We have helped buyers in all of Franklin County as well as the surrounding counties.

Well, I’d rather deal with the Seller’s agent directly, since they know the Seller’s motives, and can help me. Bringing somebody else in will complicate things.

Keep in mind that the Seller’s agent has signed an agreement with the Seller that legally binds them to act on the Seller’s behalf in all aspects of the negotiation . They are in violation if they do anything to help you that may hurt the Seller. That means that the Seller’s agent isn’t going to tell you any information that puts their client at a disadvantage. Legally, the Seller’s agent cannot even tell you what that property is worth. Don’t you want an agent to actually work for you?

What if I’ve already seen a property with a Seller’s agent and now I want to use you as a Buyer’s Agent?

Well, you would be better off calling us before you see it. If you saw it at an open house you probably are not bound to that agent. However, if you called from a yard sign or an advertisement, you may have to work with that agent to purchase that particular property. This also depends on whether they followed proper procedure, as well. Call us for an assessment of your situation before you go any further.

Are you in an adversarial relationship with the Seller and the Seller’s agent?

No, not necessarily. Before Exclusive Buyer’s Agency all agents involved, even “your” agent, worked for the seller. All we have done is level the playing field. True, we keep them honest, but isn’t that what you want? Not only that, but we relieve the Seller’s agents of a lot of liability, since we represent the Buyer. We bring them financially qualified, motivated Buyers and they appreciate that. Besides that, other companies offer “buyer agency” they just aren’t exclusive to you or their sellers.

Can you help me with finding a reputable lender?

Absolutely. We have established ties with some of the best lenders in town. We have lenders that we refer our clients to on a regular basis that we are very comfortable working with. In addition, we can also refer you to competent home inspectors, attorneys, and other related service providers. We are not opposed to our clients choosing their own service providers, provided that they are qualified and reputable.

Since you’re working for my benefit, and you’re going to tell me everything I need to know about a house, I don’t really need a home inspection, do I?

Yes, you still do. As a matter of fact, we really don’t want to work with someone who isn’t willing to have a home inspection. In the most important financial transaction of your life you need somebody who will thoroughly check out a property so that you will know what you are getting into. Wouldn’t you rather spend $300-$500 and find a problem that allows us to legally back out of a purchase and buy a different home, rather than being stuck with a home needing costly repairs?

I’ve heard that if somebody has a home inspection that the seller is required to fix any and all problems discovered. Is this true?

 No, not really. Basically, any necessary repairs can be negotiated between the Buyer and Seller. The sellers are not required to fix anything if they don’t want to. Lenders sometimes, after the appraisal, will require certain conditions to be met if they are to make the loan to the Buyer. Even in this case, the Seller doesn’t have to fix it, they just can’t sell the house to that Buyer. But our skill and experience at negotiating will typically get home inspection issues resolved to my Buyer’s satisfaction. If not, we can pursue another home.

What if I if don’t want to buy the home after the home inspection?

Our home inspection contingency clause gives you the right to withdraw you offer based on what you have discovered. At this point, you do not have to buy the property, and you will receive your earnest money back. You have no obligation to buy the property if you are not satisfied with the home inspection.

What if I am in contract but I cannot get the loan?

Again, there is no obligation. Our purchase contract says that you are not required to perform if you cannot get financing. However, you still must always act in “good faith.”

Can you help me buy a new-build home or a builder spec home?

Yes. The majority of new build purchases involve a Realtor.

What if I have a home to sell first? Can you still help me?

Yes. People seem to think that we cannot help someone who has a home to sell first. We can help both buyers and sellers. Sometimes it simplifies everything to use the same Agent to Sell your home and help you buy a home since you are only dealing with one person. If you choose to sell as a For-Sale-By-Owner, we can provide you with comparable sales data of houses in your neighborhood and point you in the right direction.

What do you do for a client that wants to purchase a new-build home?

Well, the entire process building a new home is a little different than buying a resale home. In essence, We act more as a “consultant” and someone to help you through the process. We will still represent your best interest, but you will have a lot of interactions with the builder. We help our clients find a reputable builder, help them find a floor plan, assist them in picking options, help them find the right subdivision, and help them resolves issues and concerns that arise during the building process. We also work with the builder to make sure everything stays on schedule.

Are there some builders that you would recommend over others?

Are their some builders you would not recommend?   There are many reputable builders in the Central Ohio area that build a quality home. We have years of experience with many of the builders and can honestly evaluate them for you. And yes, there are also a few builders that we do not recommend.

Doesn’t the builder’s model representative work for me?

No. The builder’s representative is merely a salesperson who represents the best interest of the builder. Most of them are professional, but ultimately, they are trying to sell you their product.