Pair Your Next CMA With This

If you’re fortunate enough to reach the “let’s meet” stage of a possible listing, you have one shot at impressing your future client.

And with the record amount of equity homeowners are sitting on (over $300,000 on average) there’s a lot of incentive for sellers to make a move.

So, while every other agent offers a comparative market analysis (CMA), this is your chance to really set yourself apart and inform your clients about their buying power.

It’s time to level up your CMA and pair it with a Professional Equity Assessment Report, or PEAR.

What is a Professional Equity Assessment Report?

A Professional Equity Assessment Report is a simple way for you to determine the cash value of a seller’s home. No guessing, no lengthy calls with the bank or a lender. With a simple twist, you’re not only telling them the estimated value of their home, but also proving yourself as a trusted advisor.

What a PEAR is not: a seller net sheet. It does not go through closing costs or estimate the amount a homeowner will net once the transaction is closed.

Given this information, a PEAR is a powerful and effective tool for you to use that not only impresses but also inspires homeowners to take action.

Here’s how you do it.

Step 1: Offer a PEAR

Whether you’re sending a follow-up email or setting up the first meeting with a potential client, let them know that you offer a complimentary Professional Equity Assessment Report.

Add it to your sales scripts, create a landing page, or include it in real estate marketing materials. However you present it, make sure they understand the importance of the information included in the PEAR, and that you’re unique for offering it.

Remember, as great as it may be to send via email, it would be especially powerful as a walkthrough presentation, whether in-person or virtually. Plus, you can save an extra step by downloading our free customizable PowerPoint template.

Step 2: Ask for Their Mortgage Balance

Selling a home can be a sensitive and emotional time for most homeowners. Add the challenges of today’s market into it, and a lot of potential sellers have mixed feelings about the whole process.

Therefore, asking for someone’s mortgage statement may seem like a personal matter. To overcome this fear, it’s best to present it as a matter of fact.

When setting up the first meeting, tell them that you want to do a Professional Equity Assessment Report of their home. Tell them that in order to do this, you will need their current mortgage balance and that they can find this information on their last statement.

Chances are, the seller will jump at the chance to learn what their home equity is and not make a big to-do of giving up their mortgage information.

Step 3: Establish the Approximate Value of Their Home

Running the comps of recently sold homes in the area will give you a good idea of what their property is worth in this market. If you’re able to visit the home, you can further evaluate this and offer a more accurate estimate.

If you are unable to get into the home but still want to offer a PEAR, we recommend stressing that this is an educated estimate, and you’ll get a better understanding of its value once you view it in-person.

Step 4: Do the Math

It doesn’t get much simpler than this. By taking the estimated home price (ex. $150,000) and subtracting their mortgage balance (ex. $100,000) you can decipher that they have about $50,000 of equity in their home.

This can be a valuable tool for figuring out what they can purchase a new home for plus how much they may be able leverage for a down payment.

That delivers an unmatchable incentive to move hesitant sellers off the fence.

Bottom Line

The #1 job of any real estate agent is to be a trusted expert.

Providing a Professional Equity Assessment Report to clients is a great way to build rapport, set yourself apart from your competitors and get the listing.

When every other agent only shows up with a list of comps, you are the agent that goes above and beyond to make sure your clients are educated and prepared for the selling process.

We’ve made this even easier by creating a customizable PEAR presentation that you can download and share with your clients.

Add in your contact information, branding and the seller’s information and you’re ready to go. You can download the PEAR presentation template here.

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