About Us

Here We Are to Save The Day

 

Owning property is not easy.

 

We understand, because we own property.

 

Hi, my name is Sean Ronkoske & that is my family.

 

I got into Real Estate because I have a passion for business and investing.

 

Why did you get into Real Estate?

 

Are you glad you did?

 

Are you thinking about getting out?

 

If so, I can help with that.

 

Since I opened First Class Realty in 2012, we have closed on over 1,000 deals.

 

I have learned some intel that I would like to share with you, whether you are going to sell on your own, with me, or even if you choose another broker.

 

The info that I am going to share with you on this page is little known. My competitors know about this, but they don’t know “how to” do this.

 

First, you need to understand the 3 fundamentals of a successful deal…

  1. Price
  2. Promotion
  3. Progress

 

Those are my words… give me credit in case it goes viral! 🙂

Price

The very most important thing that you MUST do in order to sell your property in a timely fashion is to price it RIGHT.

 

Most sellers overestimate what their property is worth… and if you do that, you are setting yourself up for failure.

 

Here is why…

 

Say your property is worth 200k in great condition. But it needs a little TLC so the market thinks it is worth 170k. But you know how much blood, sweat, and tears has gone into that property.

 

You are emotionally attached.

 

The problem is… your buyer is not.

 

They are comparing your property to another hundred properties that are on the market.

 

All they care about is getting the most bang for their buck… and when they see that you are asking 200k, yet your neighbor is asking 180k for roughly the same thing, they gloss over your marketing material… because they will feel bad about making a “low-ball” offer.

 

So you end up getting a fifth as much interest as your neighbor.

 

Contrast that with a price of 160k…

 

If you put it on the market below it’s real value, you will get five times MORE interest than your neighbor.

 

Now the problem you have is TOO many offers and not knowing which one to pick. This is also known as “a bidding war”.

 

Now, because so many buyers are interested and because you can honestly tell them that you have multiple offers, they perceive your property as a hot commodity.

 

“If everyone likes this property, it must really be the best one… and i don’t want to have to ever to go through this process again, so let’s pay a premium if we have to, but we gotta get this one honey”.

 

It’s the herd mentality.

 

The unfortunate part for most sellers is that they over-price the property… and the herd mentality works against them.

 

Check this out…

 

So you decide to sell it on your own and list it at 200k because “that is what it is worth”. The 1 or 2 buyers that express interest come and see the house and do not make an offer.

 

Then someone sees your property online a month later…

 

She says to her husband… “Oh, this one has been on for a month, it must be over-priced honey”.

 

And then that month, you get 1 more person to come through… but still no offers.

 

So day 60 rolls around and the next person sees your property online….

 

“There must be something wrong with this house”, says one couple.

 

“This must be over-priced”, says another person.

 

“I don’t like the idea of offending the seller”, thinks another.

 

Then day 90 rolls around…

 

“Wow! This one has been on the market a real long time, let’s make them a low-ball, say 120k”, says one investor to his partner.

 

“Yikes, this property has been on the market forever. I bet the seller is tough to work with”, exclaims the rent to own buyer.

 

“No way! Not even going to waste my time looking at this one! Everyone else in the market has said no. I want to find something that is priced reasonably”, says the work from home entrepreneur.

 

Herd mentality can hurt you or help you!

 

And this is exponentially true if you go with a Realtor…

 

There are about 20,000 Real Estate agents in a typical MLS system.

 

MLS stands for “Multiple Listing Service”, which means all the agents put their seller’s properties into a database that other brokers get priority access to… which means that if you list your property in the MLS you get exposure to 20k agents…. and if each one represented just 1 buyer, that’s 20k buyers your property get exposed to.

 

When your property goes on the market and all of the brokers see it, here are the most likely outcomes…

 

  1. They laugh and hustle to look for something worth their time
  2. Their client gets notified via automatic search and calls them up… only to hear “this one is way over-priced” from their agent
  3. They use your property as an alibi

 

Have you ever watched those house flipping TV shows?…

 

The agent takes their buyer out to see 3 houses…

 

  1. The house that they think is the best fit
  2. The house that they think is a dump so #1 looks great
  3. The house that they think is over-priced so #1 looks like a bargain

 

You are #3 on the wise agent’s list.

 

They will use your property as a pawn.

 

And they will come traipsing through, making you change your work schedule, dinner schedule, etc only to “use” you.

 

Wait!

 

It gets better!

 

Since you have 100x as much exposure as you can get on your own, the herd mentality is compounded many times over.

 

Either you price it low and you get dozens of showings and many offers, or you price it high and the market “really” believes that this house is over-priced because “it can’t even sell on the MLS”.

 

How do you know what the RIGHT price is?

 

Go to Zillow and get a Zestimate. That gives you a clue… but only a clue.

 

You also want to go down to the court house and look for recent sales. If you call the tax assessor, ask them how you can get a report on recent sales in your neighborhood.

 

Then drive around and look at those properties…. with a very open mind & heart.

 

Just because you think your property is worth x amount because you know what you “have into it”… does not mean that your prospective buyers will think that way.

 

Put yourself in their shoes, and then ask how much it’s worth.

 

Another source of info for you will be Craigslist… look objectively at what all the houses in the area are being listed at. This should help you confirm your evaluation.

 

And if you still don’t feel confident, give us a call at 847-833-5566 and we will give you our opinion.

Promotion

Once you get your price dialed in, you need exposure.

 

Probably four-fifths of property sells on the MLS… so to say that the MLS is important to you is an understatement.

 

BUT… what about the other fifth?

 

Is it worth spending good money on advertising and all the time & energy required to properly market a property?

 

Yes! It is worth it… if you know what you are doing.

 

Most “FSBO” sellers rely on fsbo.com, as if it was as powerful as the MLS… BIG MISTAKE!!!

 

Before I just said that, have you ever heard of fsbo.com?

 

I mean, i know you know what a FSBO is, but have you ever been to that website, or at least heard someone talk about it?

 

Therein lies the problem!

 

The MLS has thousands of brokers and their buyers looking for opportunities every day… not so much with fsbo.com.

 

But one thing you could do is like on fsbo.com, list on craigslist, even list on eBay… and any other marketing method you know of.

 

But think long & hard about that…

 

Really!

 

Stop & think about this.

 

What will your days, weeks, and months ahead look like if you are managing this process?

 

Do you have the time & patience to…

  • Re-post on Craigslist every 2 days so that you have any chance of getting exposure in the feed?
  • Learn what keywords are important for your Craigslist listing so when someone searched on Craigslist, your listing pops up?
  • Answer a myriad of questions from unqualified buyers that want a bargain on your property using eBay?
  • Spend money to list with fsbo.com only to get low exposure and a frustrated spouse because the money went out, and did not come back in?
  • Find a “great” loan officer who will have your best interest in mind & pre-qualify your buyers so that you know that they can even afford the property?

 

See with “FSBO” style listings the owner sells the property themselves.

 

BUT…

 

Are you really qualified to do that?

Do you have sales skills?

Do you have marketing skills?

What if the property doesn’t sell, can you stomach the marketing costs?

Can you look your spouse in the eye and be OK with failure?

 

There is a reason that brokers exist!

 

And I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY believe that I am the best broker for you.

 

Here is why…

 

After closing on over 1,000 deals in 5 years, i have created a system.

I have a process that will take your property from no exposure to “SOLD!” in 1 week.

 

AND…

 

For top price!

 

How?

 

Because I am willing to allocate $1,000 of my own cash, on YOUR property.

 

I will not only expose your property thru the MLS, and hire my copywriter to write compelling content so that any prospective buyer who sees your property will be “persuaded” to see your property (much like you are being persuaded right now), but I will also expose your property to the crevices of society.

 

Just because someone is not in the market to buy right now AND is not working with a broker, does not mean that your property is not a great fit for them.

 

We (meaning my team & I) will dive deep in market research to find the most likely buyer for your property.

 

Then, we will place ads, send mailers, and promote your property all around the web.

 

Let me give you an example…

 

Say you own a property zoned for horses…

 

Who would you suspect is most interested?

 

Horse people, right?

 

So how do i get in front of horse people?

 

#1 – I would check out the zoning at the courthouse and find out where all the horse properties exist in the county.

 

#2 – I would send the owners of that property a mailer.

 

#3 – I would find out when their next trade show, horse race, or any other event is.

 

#4 – I would advertise the property in the bulletin.

 

#5 – I would look in Google Keyword Planner to see what types of searches are being used on Google, and create content & place ads around them.

 

#6 – I would cold call horse businesses in the area and ask if they know anyone.

 

#7 – I would keep track of every lead and followup with every solid prospect, once a week until it sells.

 

And if you have a commercial property, same idea.

If you have a waterfront property, same idea.

If you have a luxury property, same idea.

 

The problem is, you likely don’t have the time, money, or energy to do all of this.

 

So let ME!!!


AND my team!

 

This is Nick Graff…

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He is my advertising wizard. He has forgotten stuff about marketing that most agents have yet to learn. He specializes in lead generation and he will be the one responsible for finding the RIGHT buyer for YOUR property. You will have his contact info and you can pick his brain during the process.

 

Not only will we do all of this fancy marketing stuff for you…

 

I will also bring my dealmaking skills to the table to negotiate the best price & terms on your behalf… and I will put my money where my mouth is.

 

I am running a special program right now where I will spend $1,000 of my own cash on your property, even if it doesn’t sell… and never ask you for a dime unless it does.

 

And this does not mean that I over-charge for my service.

 

This is why I REALLY believe that I am the best option for you.

 

You get the MLS, you get off-market exposure, and a finely-tuned process to help you with dealmaking, due diligence, qualifying buyers, and the whole enchilada.

 

Without paying extra.

 

In fact, because everything is dialed in, you will net more money at closing.

 

More exposure = higher price

Dealmaking skills = higher price

Higher probability of getting to closing = less bills to pay

 

And don’t forget… if you do it on your own and the deal falls apart, all of your other plans will get affected and you will have egg on your face.

Process

Let’s say you are selling by owner…

 

You have had some showings and an offer.

 

It’s lower than you hoped but worth countering.

 

So you go back & forth with this buyer for 2 weeks and you end up settling on price & terms.

 

You are not excited, but it’s the best you can do.

 

The buyer asks for 5 business days to perform due diligence on your property before the earnest money deposit “goes live”.

 

The home inspector finds $5,000 worth of problems and the buyer asks you to split it.

 

Now you are AT break even.

 

You are going to sell the property and walk away with virtually no cash at closing.

 

But it is not worth going through all of the hassle you have gone through to get to this point all over again so you begrudgingly accept.

 

Now the appraiser comes out and says the property is worth less than agreed to.

 

So the buyer asks you to lower the price by $5,000.

 

Do you walk or do you accept?

 

Now you have to dip into savings and bring $5,000 to closing… and that is crossing the line so you give the buyers their earnest money back and start over.

 

How could this have been avoided?

 

Transaction coordination

 

Transaction coordination is taking a contract to closing.


This means that when a buyer and seller agree to price & terms, what has to happen next in order to ensure that the buyer & seller both show up on closing day?

 

The vast majority of sellers do not handle this well.

 

First of all, they are emotionally attached to the property. So they get offended when home inspection issues come up… which turns off the buyer.

 

Second, they are emotionally attached to the price. The seller knows how much time, energy, and money has gone into the property and they feel they need to get that back out. When a buyer asks the seller to accommodate them on price or terms during the due diligence process, the seller feels like they are being taken advantage of… when in reality it’s not usually true.

 

Put yourself in their shoes…

 

If you found out that there was $5,000 in problems with a house that you were seeing through rosy glasses, would you be surprised? Most buyers are. Yet they really want the house and they know that no house is perfect so they hope that the seller will work with them and split the difference.

 

If you found out that you over-paid for the house (probably because you bought on emotion), would you ask for a credit so that you can at least pay fair market value? Of course!

 

So the buyer is not unreasonable to ask for these things, but the seller almost always feels like the buyer is reneging.

 

So what is the solution?

 

Transaction coordination or in my words above “Process”.

 

You need a process to think pro-actively about these problems.

 

You are an emotional seller.

 

The buyer is an emotional buyer.

 

But deals get done on logic, not emotion.

 

So let’s think this out logically…

 

Buyer needs/wants to buy a property.

Seller needs/wants to sell a property.

Both parties are aligned in their interest, assuming they are both reasonable & fair.

 

So then what reason could there be for a deal to fall apart.

 

Money could be 1 reason… but if you find the RIGHT buyer, it never is the problem.

 

Timing could be another reason… maybe the market rates have changed and the buyer can no longer afford the mortgage payment.

 

How about circumstance… maybe a deadline needs to change because of a circumstance that happened to either side.

 

And there are other possibilities, but what REALLY boils down to is emotion.

 

Either the buyer gets emotional, the seller gets emotional, or both.

 

So…. just like in real life outside of Real Estate, a counselor is needed.

 

You could hire a therapist to help you process this major decision and make sure you are making good choices… or you could hire me… and therapy is free.

 

Really! I am trained in negotiations… and one of the biggest factors in the success of transactions is managing emotion.

 

This does not include manipulation.

 

It means reminding you of the logical decision you made in the beginning, and how the current plan matches that goal.

 

But further than that…

 

The buyer has to be coached as well.

 

And what happens if one of the 20k agents is the one who brings the right buyer?

 

You can’t control the agent…

 

Or can you?

 

What if i told you that I can?

 

What if you hired me to handle this for you?

 

This is an included part of my service.

 

If the agent has no experience, I train them on what to say to their buyers.

 

If the agent has experience, I ask them questions to find out how they are handling that… and if i don’t like the answers… i coach the agent.

 

Most sellers don’t think this through.

 

But when you hire me, I do.

 

I manage the whole process from beginning to end, with each stage being taken care of be an expert on my team.

 

Meet Alissa Francke

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She is my expert transaction coordinator. She has been with me at First Class Realty since day 1. She has worked with countless buyers and understands their perspective well. And she has coordinated several hundred transactions. When you get me, you get her… she is on the Sean Ronkoske Team.

 

But we are really just getting started…

 

Yes, price, promotion, and process are the 3 keys… but there is a whole lot more that goes into it.

 

We have a whole team to support you.

 

Let’s meet the team…

Administration

Office Manager

Monica Niskala

Monica is the heart of the Sean Ronkoske Team. She is the glue that holds us together… the bridge that helps us get to the other side. She is a master at relationships. She is innocent like a dove, but shrewd like a snake. Mess with her and you mess with me. But if a buyer messes with you, they mess with her. She is 100% on your team, on your side, and will do everything in her power to make sure the deal is handled well and your needs & expectations are met.

Sales

What happens when you spend $1,000 on targeted ads?

 

You get alot of interest. So we make the most of it and we have dedicated sales reps just to work with buyers.

 

This means that if we get a call and they want to see your property, my sales reps coach their emotional buyer, following my principles.

Research

How is it possible to be #1 in a market, in any niche, in any vertical?

 

LOTS of research, is how.

 

We keep an eye on market cycles, price fluctuation, and marketing trends to ensure that we are staying on top of the market.

 

Meet Rebekah Espino

 

Rebekah is our full time research geek. She loves diving deep, solving problems, and coming up with creative solutions. She makes a living forecasting trends for us.

Advertising

I can’t share any details about this person.

 

This is our secret sauce… our vaulted algorithm… our key to the castle.

 

If our competitors knew who this person was, we could quickly lose our ability to move markets and provide you with mass exposure.

 

I think this is a no brainer.

 

What do you think?

 

If you agree, call us up at 847-833-5566 and we will hold your hand thru the difficult process of finding a buyer, negotiating the best deal, coordinating the deal to closing, and the myriad of storms and fires that have to be put out in between.

 

Talk soon!


Sean