How to Find the Right REALTOR for You

Real estate is a business that can be a little odd at times.  Whereas we traditionally source our barber, gardener, and other providers from our local network, when we are looking to move to another region or geography our local REALTOR may not be the best choice.  REALTORS specialize in learning their market, which is an amazing advantage when you are on the hunt for your next home.  A fantastic REALTOR can transform your experience, sifting through neighborhoods, school districts, features, and other details to bring you a handful of options that rapidly align with your specific needs.  But in order to supercharge this, the REALTOR has to know the area well and understand the unique culture.   That’s why I always recommend that you find the very best local or area REALTOR for the area to which you are going to make a purchase.

Why I’m a Trusted Real Estate Resource

In my region, I’m one of the top REALTORS and view myself as a partner to my clients, navigating the murky decisions that surround property purchase and closing so that my clients can relax and enjoy the process.  For over 27 years, I’ve treated clients as family and have come to be known as the trusted voice and expert in finding the perfect real estate fit for just about any need.  With roots that run deep in the area, my knowledge extends past databases and quick property searches.  I know the region, the people, the movers and shakers, the business deals, and the trends which impact neighborhoods and homes.  As you can see on my Testimonials page, I’ve been a favorite choice for clients for years, building relationships and watching transactions run smoothly.

With that in mind, I’m always looking to expand my network of great clients and to make more folks thrilled at their next real estate transaction.  And that means I can not only rely on my stellar reputation and network of client referrals but that I love to partner with other REALTORS across the country in dynamic ways that benefit us both.

I love seeing clients succeed. How do I do this?

  • I offer referral fees to qualified agents who send pre-screened buyers my way that are looking to relocate to the area.
  • I send out referrals to trusted REALTORS around the country. I trust that they will care for my local clients in their new regions just as deeply as I have cared for them during their stay here in the Triad.

Is Someone You Know Moving to Piedmont Triad, NC?

Check out my website, to take a peek at my expertise.  You’ll find a colleague with a depth of knowledge, one who you can trust with your clients who are moving to TRIAD NC.  We all know that our profession is built on our reputations, and sending pre-screened clients my way, ones who are ready to buy in the region and need the right real estate partner, will only enhance your reputation as a true partner and trusted resource.

In today’s marketplace, competition is fierce, but referrals to trusted Brokers like myself can serve as a winning combination all around.  I’ll happily pay a referral fee for the flow of incoming clients, the clients will have a stellar experience, and I get to meet new folks who are destined to make my region, and it’s culture even better as the years go on.  Give me a call today to learn more:  336-575-7249.

How Can You Find A Like-Minded Broker in Another Region?

Maybe you’ve been diving into this article, and you feel a bit perplexed.  You live in the region and know my excellent reputation, but life’s pathway is pulling you to a different locale, somewhere outside of our area.  Perhaps you are curious how you navigate the waters of finding a great REALTOR/Broker in the area where you have your sights set and aren’t quite sure where to start.  You could sift through REALTORS and try to look at reputations and reviews, but a local trusted partner and REALTOR such as myself would sure make that process a lot easier!

Because I realize how valuable a great REALTOR can be, I’m happy to work with anyone who wants assistance in finding just the right REALTOR for their needs.  Let me do the legwork, as a fellow colleague and professional  Broker.  I know the questions to ask and the facts to consider when choosing the best agent in any region of the US or Canada.  Share your needs, desires, and situation, and let me find you a REALTOR partner that’s the perfect fit.

The best part?  My referral to a qualified agent won’t cost you, as a client, a dollar!  As a professional courtesy, I work with many of the most professional and qualified REALTORS.  They pay a referral fee to receive the privilege of working with my clients in their region.  That means I only partner with professionals who I know will be a great fit, ones who I can trust with MY reputation and my clients.

There is a saying that the biggest compliment that you can give to a business is a referral from clients.  Referrals rely on trust and reputation.  Referrals are truly the heart of the real estate business, and they are built on a solid reputation.

For over 27 years, I’ve been building a rock-solid reputation with clients and colleagues.  Folks trust me to guide them through their real estate transactions and have come to expect the superior service I provide.

Let me know how I can help you find your perfect REALTOR/Broker in another region or how I can assist those coming to the Piedmont Triad with their real estate needs.

For more information on how this works, please call me, Ellen Dudley, REALTOR, RE/MAX Preferred Properties, 336-575-7249

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 10:42 pm
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You won’t believe what it does to assist you with your home sale!!  Check out the possibilities!!  Just make sure you are beware of the good and bad ones!!

A lot of real estate agents are looking for a good, reliable home stager that can magically transform their listings into the price point their seller is hoping to achieve.


Understanding and questioning about Home Staging in Triad NC

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 7:35 pm
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3 Ways to Succeed in Buying Rental Property

Venturing into the world of rental properties can be a daunting task. There is plenty to consider when buying rental property and even more to consider when it comes to managing it. Despite these challenges, investing in real estate continues to be one of the best ways to create stability for your money in the long-term. If you are thinking about entering the rental market, it’s important to work with an experienced agent who knows not only what property is available, but also the nuances of neighborhoods. With over two decades of experience in real estate, I’ve matched investors with rental properties that align with their goals time and again and can lend you the expertise that you need in order to find success in real estate investment. To get you started, here are a 3 ways to ensure success when buying rental property…

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm
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Tips to Attract Young Home Buyers

When preparing your home for sale, it’s important to consider the varied ways different markets of buyers will view your home. What appeals to you, may not be ideal for those shopping for a new home. Take, for example, the impending power of Millennials (aka Generation Y, born between 1982 and 2002), who are the largest group of home buyers in America for the third year running. Fail to consider how these young home buyers are looking at properties, and you could miss out on 35% of all buyers. Check out these tips to make sure you are considering young home buyers in your marketing plans…

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 11:00 pm
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3 Pitfalls Every Home Owner Should Avoid

It happens to all of us, we get tired of the space that surrounds us and long for fresh use. Maybe we moved into our current home during a different period in our lives or perhaps we discovered a new hobby we need space to explore. Regardless of why our space needs to be shifted, it can be tempting to jump feet first into home improvement projects that twist and turn our spaces in new manners. Some of these changes can certainly improve a home’s resale potential: updated kitchens and bathroom fixtures, neutral color paints, crown molding and added accent touches, for example. Other improvements can work wonders for us in the short-term or temporarily fulfill a need, but quickly fall short or cause friction when we decide to sell. Let’s explore 3 of the top caution zones…

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 8:22 am
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Top-Rated Elementary Schools in Winston Salem

Winston Salem offers a variety of education options for different types of learners and selecting property in the proper district can make a huge difference in the educational experience and opportunities for your children. From varied after school activities to social styles, look below for four top rated elementary schools in the Winston-Salem area…

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 2:57 pm
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What to Do AFTER You Buy a Home

We’ve located the perfect home or property for your new home. The sale has closed and you are thrilled to be moving in and making it your own. How exciting! It’s easy at this point to get so caught up in boxes and decorating that you forget to take a few key steps that will help make sure that everything will go smoothly as you get settled. What are some of the essential things that are worth your time as you begin to move in? Use this list as a foundation as you get started…

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 1:20 am
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5 Types of Mortgage to Finance Your Purchase

If there’s one thing that I’ve seen hold up an otherwise smooth property sale more than just about any other factor, it’s the challenge of aligning financing. A great real estate partner will help you decide between your many options and to secure a pre-approved mortgage to keep your dreams of purchase moving forward smoothly…

Posted on March 1, 2016 at 8:20 am
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Four Tips to Navigate the Process of Downsizing Your Home

There is a lot to think about when considering downsizing your current home to better fit your space and maintenance needs. It’s a step worth the time and energy to take, but it will be much easier if you have a strong partner to help guide you along the way…

Posted on February 4, 2016 at 10:50 am
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4 Key Tips When Making An Offer on a House

You’ve done your searching, you’ve compared your options, and you believe you’ve found the property you’ve been searching for. Now comes the decision of how much to offer and what terms you wish to negotiate for the sale. A great real estate agent with years of experience will be able to guide you through this process, so I strongly recommend partnering with someone like me who has years of experience reading the psychology and tendencies of sellers. I am excited to share my top four tips to consider when making an offer on a house…

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 10:07 am
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Tips for Buying a House: Be Prepared to Succeed

Despite what appears to be a slow housing recovery, real estate professionals nationwide are alerting buyers to keep on their toes through careful preparation. Agents share that we are entering a competitive seller’s market, meaning that buyers will be out in force as yards green up and weather invites exploration and imagination. Without proper preparation, buyers could easily miss out on their favorite properties. To help you get prepared, take a peek at the following tips for buying a house that will help you get started preparing for the excitement of real estate searches…

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 5:03 pm
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4 Tips for Homebuyers

Many of the articles that I share relate to the seller’s perspective during the sale, but today I’d like to focus instead on some of my favorite insights for those of you in the market for a new home or piece of property. Taking time to prepare and enter the market with your needs and desires in mind will help to hone down the choices and narrow your choices and position in price negotiations…

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 10:50 am
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Why January is the Best Month to Buy Real Estate in Winston Salem, NC

Chilly winds, chances of snow, leaves on the ground, and dormant bushes and shrubs: all reasons to stay indoors and warm during the heart of Winter. Yet one reason you should brave the cold and step out is a regular dip in real estate traffic this time of year that can be a boon for buyers. That dip in buyer volume means that there is less competition for available properties and buyers are in a stronger negotiating position during January, the best month to buy real estate. Take a look at some of what I’ve learned about winter buying over the past 25 years…

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 11:50 pm
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4 Tips to Find the Best Multi-Family House Plans

Recent census data demonstrates that nearly 51 million Americans live in a household with at least two generations. It’s important to think through the top 4 areas you’ll need to consider when choosing between multi-family home plans in Winston-Salem…

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 5:15 pm
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Where Should I Live?

When folks think of Winston-Salem, many don’t realize the diverse subcultures that our wonderful city offers. No matter your style or desires, Winston-Salem has just the kind of home that fits your way of life. Take a look around and you’ll quickly see that Winston-Salem has a diversity of neighborhoods and developments to fit just about any kind of buyer and as your real estate partner, I’ll guide you through finding just the right fit and location within our amazing city. Check out just a few examples of the types of communities that exist in and around Winston-Salem…

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm
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