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10. Nicole Pelton Real Estate + Interior Design
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  • Serves Sterling Heights, MI
I am a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams and Interior Design professional, native to the metro-Detroit area, and strongly believe my purpose is to help people improve their lives. Whether that be to help my clients find their dream home or upgrade their current surroundings, I am passionate about helping locate, develop, and create spaces that are beautiful, functional, and attainable. Design your dream home with me! My role as a designer is to determine the needs of clients and provide solutions that exceed expectations and improve functionality, creating interiors that are efficient, functional, & affordable. I pride myself in having exceptional attention to detail, the ability to multitask and problem solve, as well as a passion for serving others. Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial transactions you will make in your lifetime, but it does not have to be complicated! With the help of the right Realtor, your journey can be a positive experience. I am eager to help guide you through the real estate process and help you to achieve your goals of purchasing or selling your property. For clients with the goal of selling their property for top dollar in a short period of time, I offer staging and design consultation services free of charge, along with professional photography, as part of my marketing plan. Through the design process, we will highlight the home's best features and determine the scope of work necessary to prepare a the property to be market-ready, then provide local resources for any essential projects. For home buyers, I offer a free Home Buyer's Guide that demystifies the purchasing process by simplifying it to an easy to understand step-by-step system. I also offer my list of recommended resources, including lenders, perfect for anyone who would like to ensure their road to homeownership is as smooth as possible. Helping first-time home buyers navigate through this exciting journey is one of my favorite things about what I do, and I look forward to being a resource. For clients who are looking to purchase new construction and choose me to represent them as their agent, I offer design consultation free of charge to help turn their vision into reality. Many people do not realize the benefit of being represented by a Realtor, until they are far along in the process and begin feeling overwhelmed. Having an industry expert to help negotiate, explain the process, and provide guidance is an invaluable asset, and it comes as no cost to the buyer! Credentials: Bachelors degree of Science in Interior Design from Eastern Michigan University; over 7 years of experience as a design professional. I also hold a real estate license in the state of Michigan, and am a proud member of the KW Professionals team in Plymouth, MI.

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What does a real estate agent do?

Real estate agents help their clients buy, sell, and rent commercial and residential properties. There are also real estate agents that sell industrial and agricultural real estate, but the majority sell residential properties. To become a real estate agent, you must be at least 18 years old, successfully complete real estate courses, and pass a real estate exam. Be sure to check for any required licensing, too. Often real estate agents will earn 5 percent to 6 percent of the total home sale price for their work in representing their client. Typically this commission is split equally between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent. Here is an overview of what a real estate agent does, according to the United States Department of Labor:

  • Represent clients who are looking to buy, sell and rent properties.
  • Stay knowledgeable about regional real estate prices, mortgages, market conditions and related information, and advise clients accordingly.  
  • Determine competitive market prices by comparing properties.
  • Create and publicize lists of properties for sale, including details such as location and features.
  • Market properties through advertisements, open houses and listing services.
  • Show prospective buyers or renters properties.
  • Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.
  • Mediate negotiations between buyer and seller.
  • Ensure that all terms of purchase contracts are met.
  • Prepare documents, such as loyalty contracts, purchase agreements and deeds.

What's the difference between a real estate broker and an agent?

Real estate agents and real estate brokers both help clients buy, sell, and rent residential and commercial properties. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, real estate brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses. Real estate agents cannot have their own real estate office and must work under a broker. Real estate brokers often have real estate firms and employ real estate agents. Those real estate agents may be employees of the firm, or they may work on contract and earn part of any commission they bring into the firm.

If you are a homeowner ready to sell or a buyer in the market for a new home, either a real estate broker or a real estate agent can help you achieve your goal. What is more important than their title is their track record and client success stories. When interviewing real estate agents or brokers to help you buy or sell a home, ask about their recent sales history as compared with the original listing prices. If you’re selling a home, ask how they would market your home and what price they would list it at. Whether you hire an agent or broker, you want a professional who will have your best interests at heart.

What should you look for in a real estate agent?

When you’re hiring a real estate agent you want to find a qualified pro who can negotiate the best deal for your home — whether you’re buying or selling. Reading reviews will help you weed out obvious bad operators; you want to work with someone who treats their clients with fairness and respect. That said, you also want someone who can play hardball and maximize your real estate deal. Ask for references from recent clients, and be sure to call them.

Experts encourage you to interview more than one prospective real estate agent before hiring. A home sale or home purchase is a big deal — sometimes the biggest deal in a person’s life — and you want to find an agent who will work hard for you. In today’s market, having a real estate agent who is social media savvy and has an attractive online presence is critical. Ask the agent how they plan to market your house. Review their listings, and ask yourself if they have professional photos with homes that are professionally staged. If the answer is no, they might not have the marketing savvy you’re looking for. Ask what price they would list your house at and why. Pay attention to how they communicate with you during your initial interviewing phase. Are they too busy to respond for several days? Are they clear and helpful? This information is a clue to how they’ll engage during the entire process.

What do real estate agents charge?

Real estate agents typically don’t charge a set rate to their clients, but rather earn a commission on the price of the final home sale. In traditional real estate, there is a buyer’s agent and a seller’s agent. The two agents receive 5 percent to 6 percent of the final home sale price and split it evenly, meaning they each earn roughly 2.5 percent to 3 percent of the total home sale. If you are a home seller, you may have fees associated with the sale that are above and beyond the commission the agents earn. The real estate agent may have you pay marketing fees, MLS fees, early cancellation fees, or more. Always ask pricing details before signing a contract so you clearly understand your financial obligations. Here are some of the average (and common) costs that can arise when selling a home:

  • Home inspection: $200-$350 or more, depending on region.
  • Home appraisal: $250-$400 or more, depending on region.
  • Professional real estate photography: $275-$550 or more, depending on photographer, square footage of house, and special requests like sunset shots.
  • Closing costs: Often split between the seller and buyer. An average range for the buyer to pay is between 3 percent and 4 percent, with the seller paying a lower fee at 1 percent to 3 percent of the home’s price.
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