Simon Harrison Real Estate

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Why Hire Us?


Simon Harrison Real Estate agents and brokers have sold and closed hundreds of houses, land and commercial properties over the last 30 years. Our proven record cements that our technology choices work to enable the various strategies a dimensional, right-sized approach to each specific situation requires. Our seasoned professionals understand how to effectively present a house to buyers, their brokers, their attorneys and sometimes their banker and accountant. SimonTheBroker has a concentrated group that all work together, we understand the markets and we have the numbers to prove it. Here are some closed sales on a map.


Not so small, eh? Maybe we should pick our heads up more often, smile, and scream our successes, but that's just not our style. We know how to help sellers find the right investors, and there are a lot of clients and customers that expect discretion too. A "Boutique Agency" often means small, but our positive results are huge for each buyer and seller we represent. We do a lot of work with the trade too, builders, renovators, landlords, banks and institutions too, largely because it takes the right experience to navigate through the myriad regulatory environment, especially with waterfronts. Even those other agents that have "sold a few waterfronts" have done so with us playing point, where we interpreted the regulatory implications, financial and otherwise. Lawyers also like MOS worksheets from our office because we know how important it is to have all the heavy lifting done right on every deal before it gets reduced to writing.


Customers and clients are both well served by SimonTheBroker agents and brokers, and since we are locally owned and we're all local, there's no money vacuum to corporate headquarters, we re-invest all our commissions locally. In fact, because of our mostly good natured vocal opposition to pesticides, and significant efforts at expanding our oyster populations, (pirate activities included), several of us have been accused of being environmental advocates disguised as real estate brokers. Our truth is somewhere in the middle, where we believe we are in the unique position to know that taking care of our tidal reaches is vital to the health of our real estate valuations, our neighbors value too, and of course...the quality of our lives out here. The more we do, the more we do.  


There are many choices of real estate professionals, and we are grateful for those that have chosen us, and for those that continue to rely on us for the best in buyer and seller representation. When you do list with us, you first get to land on this map, and moments later the entire planet gets a look at your property. 



"When and how will you advertise our house...?"

  We already did, and the thousands of people that asked all of us for a house or a rental over the past ten years will hear about yours. For those that didn't, we have proof that more than five million visitors saw our listings last year. Rainy days are just as busy as sunny days for us, and our business efforts are clicking away around the clock and around the world.


"What can you do with the commission...?"

  We can advertise the next house we list the same way we already used brokerage dollars to advertise yours. If there's any left over, we will not get the buyer a massive housewarming gift, we will stand up for the health of the tidewater in many ways so you can leave it better than you found it. I can also show you copies of the last dozen brokerage checks with notes / texts / emails of very happy sellers. 


"What should we do to prepare the house for market...?"

  An excellent question and the stock answer is that you should never offer to sell a car when it's dirty...it's the same with a house. If we are selling it as land value, do nothing, someone is going to collapse it anyway. No offense, but the market sometimes upends a homeowners entire view of their home. A house-wash brings back every exterior, and you can paint the interior with any color you want just as long as it's white. Remove dirty screens, clean the windows, give the landscaping a spa treatment, and please don't smoke in the house or cook ambitious recipes. Move half of your stuff somewhere else, it makes a house larger and often brighter, and usually more valuable. A home always smells inviting, and so does a sound investment. Another response that applies well to most houses is that every dollar invested usually gets that same dollar back or less in return, with some exceptions, like getting pool permits. Those permits are usually more profitable (than the returns in actually installing a pool) but talk to us about surveys, clearing, coverage, and the profile specifics for your house. Every house is unique, but our dynamic, imperfect market generates inventory gaps.


"How long does it take to sell our house...?"

Another excellent question, and the stock answer is that it takes three weeks to three months, and it is faster when the house is priced at, or below, market. That usually inspires more than one buyer, and it allows negotiations to be buyer friendly and seller specific. Don't underestimate that statement... no buyer will invest in a property unless there is some meat on the bone, (equity), and selling at that level is rarely a loss for the seller because of two things, a seller gets the benefit of time, and the seller often gets to set terms. The buyer gets an apparent discount. Please don't forget that sellers often meet with glowing brokers that expound the virtues of your house, but buyers still do not want to pay as much as possible. Like science itself, market valuations are rarely affected by what a seller feels emotionally. A good broker can help with what a buyer feels about making an investment. These are at the intersection between the transactional and the emotional.


"Zillow says it's worth..."

Yeah, internet software valuations would be good except the algorithms are still somewhat blind. These algorithms can't see a highway the same way they can't see the waterfront. Also, often these systems are fed by municipal data from incomplete, inaccurate or even misleading sources, especially in The Hamptons. A market evaluation should be done by a seasoned professional that knows what has sold lately, and what building new costs are, repairs, capitalization rates are, what the current competition bandwidth is and the tone of the market. The tone is determined by supply and demand of course, but economic climate, the interest rate environment, and various other elements come into play. 


"Light me up..."


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