Why Use A REALTOR® To Sell?


Real Estate transactions today typically exceed $150,000, and are usually the largest financial investments in a person’s lifetime. Why wouldn’t you use a professional?

Real Estate Licensees that are members of the National Association of REALTORS® may also call themselves REALTOR®. They are bound by the Code of Ethics to treat all parties fairly and honestly, and to strive to preserve a higher degree of knowledge of the buying and selling process.

In addition, your Agent shoulders the responsibility to protect your best interests and guide you every step of the way throughout the buying process. Here are a few examples of what you can expect your REALTOR® to assist you with:

  • Completing a Market analysis and Market Value assessment
  • Listing your Property in the MLS
  • Advertising your property to Buyers and other REALTOR®
  • Assisting in the preparations to sell your home
  • Interior Assessment
  • Exterior Assessment
  • Gathering Community Information
  • Preparing the Contract and any additional documents
  • Helping negotiate any Counter offers or other terms of sale
  • Identifying Buyer Qualification
  • Following Loan Process
  • Opening escrow and depositing Earnest Money
  • Coordinating Home Inspections
  • Evaluating Inspection data and determining issues
  • Obtaining Home Warranty policies
  • Maintaining deadlines and timelines for performance from both parties
  • Communicating with both parties throughout the transaction
  • Conducting walkthroughs
  • Determining if all negotiated items have been completed
  • Reviewing the Settlement Statement prior to closing
  • Confirming receipt of Title Insurance and Commitment
  • Coordinating the closing process
  • Providing excellent service throughout the transaction

As you can see, this list is just the foundation for successfully selling your property. There are many more aspects to your transaction, and it is in your best interest to use a REALTOR®.


Let an Evergreen Realty, HomeSmart Agent begin helping you on this journey today. Click here to find an agent.

Remember, it’s a Smart Move…with Evergreen Realty, HomeSmart!


Property Feature – Ladera Ranch

Legacy Collection Estate located in Prestigious Covenant Hills Gated Community. 4,116sqft of living space situated on a corner lot over 15,000sqft. 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, Expansive Bonus Room, & Built-in Office Nook. Aurora Estate Entry Door welcomes you into this Home with Hardwood flooring throughout, Wood Planked Ceiling at Entry, & Custom Wood Shutters Throughout. Downstairs Master Suite w/ French Sliding Doors to the Courtyard. Spa-Like Master Bath w/ dual granite vanities, spa tub, & walk-in closet. Sprawling Great Room that truly embraces the ultimate expression of indoor/outdoor living w/ 2 opposite walls of full sliding glass pocket doors for open-sided Entertainment. Amazing Gourmet Kitchen w/ top of the line SS Thermador Appliances, enormous Granite Island with Butcher Block end, Walk-In Pantry, Breakfast Bar, large Dining Room. 2 spacious downstairs en-suite bedrooms, upgraded baths w/ custom stone counters. Upstairs Bonus Room w/ surround sound, and plenty of space for entertaining. Additional upstairs en-suite bedroom w/ upgraded bath. Entertainer’s Dream yard w/ expansive paved courtyard, several grass areas, huge sand area, sport court space, built-in BBQ, and huge side yard. Downstairs Laundry Room with tons of Storage, and 3-car garage.

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Orig. List Price:   $1,649,000 
Pool: Yes
County:   Orange 
Property Type:   Single Family Residence (D) 
Bedrooms:   4 
Bath(F,T,H,Q):  4,0,1,0 
Sqft (Src):   4,116 (Builder’s Data) 
Ac/LotSqft (Src):   0.346/15,067 (B)  

Contact Janelle Harmon or Tim Wolter with any further inquiries. (949) 413-3444

Taking to Twitter for 22 Networking Tips

Since tomorrow is our Saint Patrick’s Day Luncheon & Networking Event, we have for you 22 tips to maximize your networking experience. Ethos3 took to Twitter to pull networking tips from industry leaders and innovators. Here is what they had to say in 140 characters or less.

REMEMBER: “The opposite of networking is NOT working” -Unknown

1) During conversations, focus on the other person. Learn what makes them tick. Ask, listen, observe. @ChrisBrogan

2) When you first meet someone, use his or her name a few times to create a feeling of familiarity. @CIOonline

3) Don’t immediately send a LinkedIn invite to a new contact. Follow up that night, or the next day. @RealBusiness

4) When networking, inquire about passions, hobbies, and interests instead of asking “Where do you work?” @DaveKerpen

5) Don’t attend networking events with a list of things you want. Arrive with a list of things you can offer. @LearnVest

6) Need a reason to network? “Succeeding in business is all about making connections.” -Richard Branson @EntMagazine

7) Once you’ve made a new contact, ask what method of follow up they prefer: Email, phone, LinkedIn, or other. @USnews

8) Adam Rifkin a respected networker in Silicon Valley suggests: Don’t rush relationships; trust takes time. @Bakadesuyo

9) Ben Franklin’s technique? Request a favor! Before someone will give to you, they must decide they like you. @TheWeek

10) Be excited about networking; it “is a key driver behind higher salaries and career advancement.” @BusinessInsider

11) Want to network like a pro at conferences? Skip some sessions; stand in the hallway and be friendly. @GaryVee

12) Interesting people easily make meaningful connections. Be able to talk about topics other than work. @HuffingtonPost

13) Instead of constantly trying to network with leaders, seek out leadership roles and people will come to you. @CBSnews

14) Ditch the elevator pitch while networking. Network to make authentic connections, not sales. @KristiHedges

15) Put money into an “interesting people fund” to finance enriching networking and social experiences. @ReidHoffman

16) When in doubt, discuss the setting or the event. How? Do your homework about the event, and be observant. @RealSimple

17) “The business-building ‘gold’ is not in collecting business cards but in the solid relationships you build.” @Forbes

18) Offer to help people. “The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.” -Keith Ferrazzi @Ferrazzi

19) “If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there.” @TheRealKiyosaki

20) Amp up your LinkedIn presence. Share content and SlideShare decks, join groups, leverage @mentions, etc. @PameLump

21) Apply to be a speaker at conferences. Networking is easier if everyone at the event knows your name. @Ethos3

22) Guy Kawasaki defines good networking as always thinking “yes.” This is less risky than is sounds. @Heyguey

We hope these tips will inspire you to build closer relationships to skyrocket your success and the success of those around you. Do you have networking tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below!

For more networking tips, visit http://www.ethos3.com/2014/08/33-networking-tips-in-140-characters-or-less/.

Manager Spotlight – Carol Haacker

EGR12334Carol Haacker, Real Estate Broker/Manager Extraordinaire, is undoubtedly one of the most beloved members of the Evergreen Realty, HomeSmart family. Here, we will take an in-depth look into what makes Carol such an inspiring manager. But don’t take our word for it; read on to hear from two of our Top Producers–they love Carol just as much as we do.

Carol Haacker offers her agents over 35 years of vast real estate knowledge and experience. Carol’s magnetic personality and irresistible enthusiasm has made her a favorite manager/broker in Orange County. Her utmost priority is to provide unparalleled attention and support to assist all her agents in becoming TOP PRODUCERS. Carol was a Top Producer and knows what it takes to get there as a Realtor. It is no surprise that she has won numerous awards as Top Manager of the Year because her agents love her. She is always accessible to them.

Carol is a native Californian and intimately knows the Orange County real estate market. She has been a member of OCAR for over 30 years and is a Presiding Officer for Arbitrations at OCAR. Carol’s dedication to her agents is second to none. Orange County’s renowned broker/manager Carol Haacker’s office is prestigiously located on the beautiful Mission Viejo Lake.


Agent Testimonials

“Not all real estate brokers are created equal… Introducing Carol Haacker, Extraordinary Real Estate Broker with Evergreen Realty HomeSmart on the Mission Viejo Lake.

I had the opportunity to meet and work with Carol Haacker 10 years ago as a new agent. I had interviewed several brokers and found Carol to be knowledgeable and caring. I quickly found that Carol always has time for her agents and not just during business hours. She also does not compete with her agents as an active Realtor, which means she does have time for you. Carol was instrumental in helping me become a top producing real estate agent within 3 years. Finding a broker that is committed to your success and helping your career along the way is hard to find.  I have had the opportunity to work with Carol 8 out of the past 10 years.  I had a short stay with Keller Williams and quickly found out again how important having a broker that cares and has over 40 years of experience and is not afraid to jump in and assist with problems that arise is the kind of broker I started out with and came back full circle realizing there is truly a difference in brokers. Her vast knowledge can be the guiding force between making or breaking a deal. And every deal matters. You won’t find anyone more amazing to work with than Carol Haacker. Don’t settle for mediocrity, when you can have the best!  Carol will truly make a difference in your life and your career.” – Kathleen Monroe, Top Performer

“Carol Haacker has been nothing short of excellent in my 3 years with Evergreen Realty, HomeSmart. She always makes time for you and truly cares for her agents. She will give you the confidence and professional guidance you need to succeed in your real estate career. I feel very fortunate to have Carol in my life!” – Tim Wolter, Top Performer

Don’t you deserve the best? Call Carol today to schedule an appointment at 949-463-1200 or email her at carolhaacker@msn.com. You’ll be glad you did.