Finding the perfect place to call home ia a dream that most people share, but when the decision is made to act on that dream it becomes a challenge. Tackling that challenge requires the experience and expertise of a well established professional. We sought out seasoned realtor Albert Niels to share his thoughts on this process.
When clients come to you with an idea of what they want, how do you help them refine their criteria prior to finding a match?
I have a few questions in this order:
- Time-frame for buying. If over 3 months I ask them to recontact me when they are closer to make a decision
- First choice geographical area?
- Home, Condo, Townhouse?
- Minimum bedrooms/baths/half-baths?
- Pool , Yes or No?
- Garage, if yes, how many cars minimum?
- Finally, maximum asking price? Cash or some financing?
What is the most important thing you look for when purchasing a home for yourself?
If you had to choose one piece of advice for first-time home buyers, what would it be?
Don’t buy strictly on investment. You must love the place you are buying, this way even if you cannot sell it when you want, you will still enjoy it. For me this goes for any important purchase whether it is Real Estate, Art, or other personal items.
Second most important advice is to not over-leverage your purchase with the banks.
If you were not selling real estate, where would you be today?
Selling Mega Yachts in Monaco
What would you say is your most proud accomplishment as a real estate agent so far?
Throughout 27 years of practice I am most proud of having built a solid follow up of important clients, based on my honesty, professionalism and hard work. I have not encounter one single unhappy customer as of today.
What property do you currently have listed that you would like more people to see?
Unique in America. Magnificent Mediterranean home on Port Everglades inlet. Enjoy the parade of cruise ships, private yachts, submarines, aircraft carriers from every room or from the large outside patio with direct view of inlet and ocean. Spectacular 3rd floor sky lounge with extra large wraparound terrace offers state of the art entertainment and electronics, full wet bar & wine storage. 2nd floor dedicated to owner’s quarter & private WF office. Generator, 3 dishwashers, Viking and Miele appliances. e
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