NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton

A Behind The Scenes Look At What A Real Estate Agent Can Do For You

When you think about hiring a real estate agent or broker, you may think that their scope of work only entails finding, negotiating and completing the sale of your new home. There is so much more they or I can do from helping to move your driveway, identifying off-market properties of interest, staging your home, relocation services to helping you select a home inspector, property management & rentals, helping you find a temporary living space and even credit counseling.

Most of the general population of homebuyers and sellers don’t know just how much their real estate agents do behind the scenes. Besides showing you homes to buy or taking care of your listing paperwork, they’re fielding phone calls, negotiating the best deal for you, and organizing inspections, appraisals, professional listing photos, open houses, and much more. But aside from the usual everyday tasks, there are lots of things a great Realtor or Broker Associate can assist you with. 

Buying or selling off-market properties
Many potential buyers don’t realize that there are properties for sale that are not listed on the MLS and that some homeowners can actually be motivated to sell their home even if they weren’t considering it. I can help you to identify off-market properties or back pocket listings. I can also motivate potential sellers to consider selling their home for the right price and terms.

Staging a home makes it easier for buyers to visualize living in a home, and in some cases can actually net a 1% to 5% higher offer than similar unstaged homes. I am happy to help you stage your home to make it even more appealing to buyers. I have many trusted contacts on speed dial that can help out with the staging process. Even if it’s as simple as using your own furnishings and decor, but removing personal touches like family photos, it’s always a great idea to stage your home before it goes on the market. 

Relocation Services
When you’re moving—and especially if you’re moving to/from a new city or state—it can be stressful to find relocation experts you can trust. I have a solid list of trustworthy businesses and individuals in many different industries. This typically includes moving companies, cleaning services, handymen, and contractors to name a few. If you need assistance finding providers for services like these during the relocation process in Los Angeles, NELA, Pasadena and surrounding areas, please let me know.

Having an unbiased eye is invaluable when it comes to deciding whether to keep or get rid of certain belongings. Believe me, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to decide whether or not throw away something that holds memories. I am happy to help you figure out how to purge your belongings when it’s time to sell or move into a new home. They might help you out personally or arrange for professional organizers, trash haulers, or storage services. 

Get your home in “ready-to-sell” condition
I am available to do a walkthrough with you and help you make a to-do list of items that should be taken care of before putting your house on the market or up for lease. If you need help getting it all done, I can recommend professionals, make appointments, meet contractors or other vendors, etc.  

Design ideas and advice
By nature, I am a creative person and thinker. But, it is through my years of experience as a Broker Associate that has really taught me a thing or two about home decor and design. I can help you navigate the dos and don’ts of design, assist you with a game plan for setting up your existing furniture in your new home, or just help choose paint colors, wall art, and other decors. I am also happy to refer you to a designer or decorator that can help with your specific needs and in your area.

These are just a few of the little extras I can help you with. Think of me as your home buying or selling guru. I am more than willing and ready to stand by you step by step and assist in any way I possibly can. Please e-mail me at or simply visit my Contact page here on my website for all your real estate needs.


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