Generally speaking, it’s no secret that Teton Valley’s real estate market is booming. In times like these, those looking to capitalize or at least get their foot in the door are out in droves doing what they can to get a deal. I have noticed a significant increase in “letters of intent” to purchase real estate, cold calls, and other forms of communication from those I described above.
Some of these are pretty easy to pick out, and most have a general understanding of their property’s value to recognize that these are borderline scam prices. However, in times like this, the market values change very quickly. While I have seen some laughable offers, I have also seen a few that appear pretty enticing on the surface. However, it’s important to remember that these people are contacting you for a reason. The market is strong, and it is almost an assurance that a good agent can help you sell your property, quickly. With that said, there is no advantage to considering a one-off offer in almost any event. Some exceptions might include neighbors offering to buy real estate, knowing that neighbors are usually the most motivated buyers in the marketplace.
I always joke about “scumbag” realtors, but the truth is, our region has some of the most responsible, well intended, and market educated professionals that I have seen in the industry. There’s always an exception, but I suspect that there is concern that trying to communicate with a real estate agent or obtain a fair opinion of value without being pressured to list your property can be challenging, but that’s really not the case. Most agents or local market professionals offer a quick, no frills opinion of value at no cost and with no strings attached. We do these valuations all the time for customers trying to understand tax rates, situations with family members, and so forth. If you’re really looking for a non-biased opinion, even paying an appraiser to give you a market value could save you significantly if you are considering an unsolicited offer from an individual. These offers come in many forms, but they will usually come in the mail. However, phone calls, emails, or even door to door solicitations should be expected.