Los Angeles Real Estate Agent
In today's Real Estate market, finding the right agent is critical. With real estate expertise for both home sellers and buyers, you've found the right RESOURCE for all of your real estate needs with WHIT PROUTY. He specializes in selling and buying homes throughout the Western portion of Los Angeles, including Beverly Hills, Beverlywood, Cheviot Hills, Culver City, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Sunset Park, Santa Monica, West LA, West Hollywood, and Toluca Lake. Whit can help you from the City to the Beach and In-Between.
Who better to represent you, or refer a client to in a real estate transaction, than a highly energized and experienced realtor that will exceed your expectations and goals in selling or finding a home? Whit will deliver the fastest, most effective and profitable results in marketing and selling a home. Whit will provide the most thorough and thoughtful help when buying your dream home.
The Whit Prouty Promise
Here is what makes Whit Prouty different from other real estate agents in Los Angeles – His promise to you:
I will listen carefully to your needs, plans, and expectations.
I will provide you with a checklist specifically outlining what you can expect from me. You can hold me accountable to that list.
I have a network of trusted real estate professionals and service people to help you with any aspect of the transaction that is needed.
I am a Realtor not just a real estate agent, and I take the added responsibility of that title very seriously.
I will be there with you every step of the way, including regular communication, advice, and referrals, and negotiating each and every element in the process to your advantage
How To Choose a Realtor
There are a lot of real estate agents in Los Angeles. You probably have friends or relatives who are real estate agents; but are they the right one for you? Here’s what you need to do to find the right person to work for you:
Interview several real estate agents. You might be wondering, “Where do I get these agents from?” You can get referrals from your friends or professionals like your CPA, mortgage broker, or attorney. You can look at those “just listed” and “just sold” postcards you get in the mail to see who’s doing business in your neighborhood. You can also drive around your neighborhood and look at the “for sale” signs to see who’s actually selling in your area.
During the interview process, consider these three things:
1. Integrity and honesty. You want someone who you can trust with this huge investment decision.
2. Local area knowledge of the marketplace.
3. Good communication skills. Communication skills are going to be very important as you enter into this transaction, exchange information, and need to be updated. Also, are you to communicate with the realtor directly, or someone else on the realtor’s team? You may not want to get passed off to someone else after the realtor has signed the listing agreement with you.
There are 3 phases of selling a home: 1) Marketing the home, 2) Negotiating the deal, 3) Shepherding the deal from acceptance to close of escrow. Does the agent you’re interviewing understand these three phases? Have they spoken about them, without you bringing it up? Are they an expert in all 3 phases? If the realtor is not an expert at all three, you are at a handicap for the negotiation and sale of your property.
When you’re interviewing your realtor, also make sure that they have an action plan, or a commitment, to you. It’s best if they have it in writing and will leave it with you, that way you can look at their action plan when selling your home, check off the boxes, and make sure they’re doing the things they said they would do. We all know about people who have had experience with other people who promised the world and didn’t deliver, by having an actual plan in writing, you’ll be able to point to specific items that were promised you and make sure they get done.
Local market knowledge will allow the realtor to estimate the realistic sale price of your home. Their previous experience will let you know how many transactions they’ve done, what type of transactions they’ve done, and if they have been in your local neighborhood.
One of the key things you’ll be talking with a real estate agent about is pricing your home. Pricing your home is quite important because statistics show that the closer we are to the market value of the house when we put it on the market, the quicker we’ll sell the house, and the more money you as the consumer will end up within your pocket.
After you establish a pricing strategy, you’re probably going to discuss the commission with the real estate agent. It can be a touchy subject at times, but what I’m going to tell you is, you get what you pay for. If a real estate agent is willing to cut their commission and cave on the negotiation with you about their worth, what do you think they’re going to do when it comes to the price of your home?
When you are paying a full commission, you will have expectations that the marketing is going to be on a higher level and that the agent is going to hire professionals to assist in the marketing of your home, such as:
• A professional home photographer and a marketing person to create printed pieces to get the information out about your home
• You might actually have a website dedicated to your house
• A Video on YouTube
• Recommendations on how to create extra curb appeal or interior staging
These are the types of things that a discount agent is not going to be able to offer because they won’t have any profit left to take home. Also, the likelihood is that if they’re making less money on your home, they must complete a lot more transactions in order to make a living. Therefore they’re not as interested in you as an individual, as they are in getting your home listed, getting it sold, and getting it out of the way in order to move on to the next sale.
Selling or buying a home is a big transaction. You want somebody who cares about you, about the sale of your property, making sure that you’re being represented well, and getting paid the true market value for your property.
Does this realtor have a plan for communication and does it involve direct communication with them or someone else? Do they have a day that they’re going to speak with you every week and give you an update? What’s the plan? How and how often do you like to be contacted?
I hope this is given you some good information to think about. If you would like more information or have questions, feel free to contact me at , and I’ll be happy to send you some written material, answer your questions, and I’ll even send you some questions you might like asking a realtor when you’re interviewing them.
10 Keys to Selling Your LA Home
Whit Prouty is a seasoned pro who consistently ranks in the top 3% of real estate agents. Whit knows what it takes to get top dollar for homes in the most competitive real estate market in the US. Here’s what you’ll learn:
What should you spend money on before you sell?
What really matters in curb appeal?
Should you stage your home?
How do you set the asking price?
Does the open house matter?
How do you manage the offers?
Why you should always use a realtor
How to choose a realtor who will get you top dollar
Don’t Sell Your Home for Less than It’s Worth. These 10 Steps Will Maximize Your Selling Price!
On this website, you will find a wide variety of useful information and resources designed to help you find a new home in the Los Angeles or sell your LA home more effectively. Learn more about Whit, his experience, and what others are saying about him. Find information on real estate terms, advice about finding or calculating a mortgage, or preparing your home to sell. You can also search for your ideal home by viewing the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) provided on this site.
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK
Buying or selling in the Los Angeles area, I would not call on anyone except WHIT PROUTY to help with that potentially challenging process. Knowledgeable with vast experience, impeccably honest and extremely hard working, WHIT PROUTY is the perfect realtor for even the most difficult transactions. There is no one better or more efficient whether you are in California or buying/selling from another state. Give him a chance. You’ll never regret it.
Whit is the consummate professional, highly competent, resourceful, and responsive. He is the only broker we use and he represents all of our clients in their real estate sales and acquisitions. He is simply the best in the business.
-Bob Adelman & Maya Shulman, Adelman and Seide, LLP
I have known Whit for years and heard nothing but rave reviews from people he did work for. So, when my wife and I decided to sell our Townhome in the Marina Peninsula, we hired him. Whit not only made the process as painless as possible, his advice on price setting and his prediction of a bidding war above asking were spot on. My wife and I were very pleased with the price we got and the speed at which we got it. I would absolutely recommend Whit to anyone who is looking to sell a property.
- Carmen Stenholm, PhD
-Stephen M. Benardo,
Attorney at Law
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