Longtime Local Realtor Talks Residential Real Estate

Q&A with Joe D.

With more than a quarter-century of Las Vegas Valley realty experience, Red Rock City Lifestyle asked local residential realtor about the business, the market, and his advice on navigating it all.

Joe DiRaffaele “Joe D.”


DiRaffaele Group at eXp Realty

Years in business in the valley: 27

Company motto: Clients First

1)      How would you describe your business?

Helping clients with the buying and selling aspects of their real estate needs.

2)      What is your niche in the realty world?

Being known as the professional’s professional. Our clients tend to be people who are looking for an expert who can handle all the details of their real estate transaction so they can focus on the other aspects of their lives.

3)      What would new clients be most interested in learning about what it’s like to work with you? 

Professionally, I have well over 3,000 properties sold, one client at a time. Personally, I am very involved in the philanthropic aspects of our community, sitting on multiple boards for charities that provide services to children in need in our community, including Serving Our Kids Foundation, Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and High School Leadership.

4)      What is your advice to someone looking to purchase a home in this market?

This is a seller’s market, so as a buyer, you must be prepared to remove as many hurdles in your offer as possible so that you stand out among the many offers the seller will likely receive. Make fast decisions. This is not the “I want to sleep on it and decide tomorrow” market. Finally, hire an agent with great relationships in the industry; sometimes,  the little things get an offer accepted.

5)      What is your advice to someone looking to sell their home in this market?

Even though this is a seller’s market, the fundamentals are still important. Have the home in good showing condition, and a good agent can help you stage your home so it looks welcoming to a buyer. There is also no need to overspend on prepping a home to go on the market. It’s about spending a nickel on things that will get you a dime in return.  This way, you are not wasting money on things that don’t generate a return over their cost.

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