Real Estate Agents

Sheila Bonenfant Celebrates Her 20 Year Anniversary at Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate

Sheila M. Bonenfant, an associate broker with Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate, recently celebrated her 20th year with the company. She was treated to dinner by Don and Irene Plourde and was presented with an iPad Air at a sales meeting.

Sheila received her real estate license while living in Las Vegas, Neveda in 1992. In 1994, she and her husband Don returned to Maine and she joined the team at Plourde Real Estate.

She has earned her ABR, CRS and GRI designations over the years. She says real estate was a midlife career change for her and she has never looked back. Over the past 22 years, Sheila has helped hundreds of buyers to realize a piece of the American Dream and has helped hundreds of sellers to reach their goals as well.

Sheila is a member of the Maine Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She is also a member of the Northern Kennebec Valley Association of Realtors where she serves on both the education and grievance committee.

Sheila can be reached on her direct line at 660-4027.

Life As A Realtor...Over Glorified or Not?

pamI cant tell you how many times I am asked, Isnt it great to be able to spend your days looking at ALL those houses?! I think over the years, people have come to a conclusion that jumping from property to property, and seeing beautiful homes, is what makes up this job called a Real Estate Associate. Lets put this career into a Recipe shall we? Ingredients: Time, patience, knowledge of all types of legal humbo-jumbo, accounting background, therapist, positive attitude that does NOT have an off button, continuous smile, 4 wheel drive vehicle, laptop, cell phone, professional attire, computer knowledge, GPS, able to work nights-weekends-holidays STILL holding that continuous smile, an endless supply of coffee and Tylenol. Preparation: Mix all the above into your lifestyle, separate them so you can achieve at least 5 hours of sleep per day, keep an open mind of what is to come, and get ready for an over the top rewarding career with countless rewards! In closing, this recipe should be tried by anyone who cant say each day, I love my job and today is going to be another wonderful day!

Written by: Pam Natole, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate

Buyer's Agent

Do I have to use the real estate agent on the propertys sign? home-167734_640 Absolutely not! A lot of the time buyers think they need to use the agent whose sign is out on the front lawn of the property that they want to purchase. This is not always in your best interest. For years a real estate agent always represented the seller of the property (listing agent) and owed their fiduciary duty to them. A number of years ago, buyer agency was established in Maine and now buyers are allowed to be represented by their own agent (buyer agent). Each has a fiduciary duty to their client and must look out for their best interest. Maine also allows for Disclosed Dual Agency which allows the listing agent to work with you as a buyer agent but is only able to offer limited representation on either side. First it must be agreed upon by both parties before an agreement is signed and then the dual agent is not allowed to discuss price, terms, or motivation of either of the parties. It is usually best to have the conversation before you look at any property and find a buyer agent to represent you in what may be one of the biggest purchases in your lifetime. Using a buyers agent can save you a ton of time, hassle and expense. A buyers agent will help you find listings and tour houses with you. Remember that real estate agents may be more knowledgeable than you about the neighborhood and surrounding communities. They can also give you access to more listings including those For Sale by Owner, or FSBO. A buyers agent can prevent you from overpaying on a property and help you decide on the right offer. In my opinion the most important benefit of a buyers agent is that they are trained to negotiate the best price and sale conditions for you and not the propertys seller. Your buyers agent can serve as a buffer between you and a pushy sellers agent or the seller themselves. This alone can save you thousands of dollars over the time that you own your property. Furthermore, the buyers agent can put you in touch with mortgage lenders and home inspectors, and assist with other steps in the home buying process. Most buyers feel that they will have to pay a buyers agent to represent them. As the homebuyer, you may not have to pay this, since the buyers agent fee is usually paid by the seller (and taken out of the sellers agents commission). Since that is true, there is no reason not to get the professional advice that will help you avoid some of the pitfalls in the purchase of your new home or investment property. If you have a need for a buyers agent to represent you, please dont hesitate to contact one of our trusted professionals!