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How to Know I’m the Right Real Estate Agent for You

Lauren Goche Realtor
Lauren Goche Realtor

I’ve been in the real estate game for a full decade, and I’m still going strong. 

A career journey like that comes with a wealth of wisdom and some pretty strong opinions about what you should expect from your realtor. In my opinion (hey it’s my blog right?), some realtors get it plain wrong.

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect realtor – someone you can truly rely on to have your best interests at heart – you’re in the right place. Let’s cut through the noise and get to the heart of what makes me the right realtor for you.

If you’re new here, I’m Lauren Goché — a Portland realtor with a decade of experience backing me up. Which means I’ve weathered more than a few market shifts over the course of my career, and specialize in making sure you can make the most of the market for your goals. Read more about me here.

It All Starts with a Connection

When you’re searching for the right real estate agent, it all starts with a connection. After all, you’ll be spending a significant amount of time working together, so you better LIKE the person! 

But it goes beyond that. You want a realtor whose values align with your own, someone who operates ethically, and who has your best interests at heart in the long run, not just for one transaction. You should trust your real estate agent enough that you have them on deck for your next real estate endeavor, no questions asked. 

Chances are we’re already Instagram buddies and you’ve read my other blogs (did I mention I have a newsletter too?) and if you like my resources, then you’re going to like me as YOUR realtor too!

Someone Who Listens to What You Really Want

I’m committed to being your guiding star throughout your home buying and selling process. I’ll always listen intently to your desires to truly understand what you’re seeking in your ideal home and I aim to be one step ahead in anticipating your needs. 

But, and it’s an important ‘but’, I’ll give you a reality check when necessary. They don’t call me dreamcrusher for nothing. If I sense you’re veering too far off course from your objectives, I’ll gently remind you of what truly matters to you. I’m a straight shooter and won’t hesitate to tell you if what you want is simply impossible — finding something that is rad and realistic is my specialty!

What You Get When Your Work with Me

Working with me means you get the real deal, no fluff. Here’s what you’re in for:

1. Full access to my carefully cultivated network

Every once in a while someone who just bought a house with a different realtor will ask me for a reference to a good plumber, and I always have to tell them to ask their realtor. Why? — Because I’ve put years into building a close network of all of my tried-and-true people in the industry.

As my client, you get full and exclusive access to that network. 

Imagine you find yourself with a flooded basement at 2 AM, forget Google – I got you covered. Or if you’re diving into your dream fixer-upper project, you’ll have a direct line to my trusted contractors. And when it’s time to sell and you need to make repairs or want to achieve stunning, magazine-worthy staging that will get your property to sell above listing, I have precisely the experts you need to call AND as my client, you’ll be their top priority.

2. Support well beyond the sale

Your relationship with your realtor should be a long-term one, and while some realtors might happily hand over the keys and part ways, that’s just not my style. 

When you buy a home with me, I’m here to help with remodeling decisions, connect you with trusted contractors, assist in planning your next move, and support important decision making, like whether you should sell your house or buy a new one first. Whatever it is, I’ve got your back. I’ll even connect you with a community of past clients who LOVE sharing resources and advice.

3. My unique approach

What makes me stand out from other agents? It’s a blend of qualities I bring to the table – empathy, compassion, and directness. I fully understand that buying and selling a home is an emotional journey, and I will compassionately guide you to making the right decisions.

I’m not just here for the transaction; I’m committed to helping people like you build generational wealth and make their home owning dreams a reality. I know what it takes because I’ve been through it myself. 

From being self-employed and buying my first house with 3% down (yes that’s all you need!), to utilizing a HELOC to pay off my credit card debt AND put a downpayment on a 2nd house. Every step of my journey has been a lesson, and I’ve earned my stripes along the way. Now, I’m fully dedicated to making your homeownership journey as pleasant and fulfilling as possible. 

So, if you’re on the hunt for a real estate agent who truly cares, knows the market inside and out, and can help you navigate the complexities of buying or selling a home, look no further.

Buying a home is all about putting down your roots and building something that stands the test of time, and I’m here to be your buddy every step of the way.

You’ll get the experienced support you need in Portland’s real estate market by working with me and my experienced team! Let’s get started  — get in touch with us here.