Have you ever been in a job situation and there is somebody that isn't in your field, but they know it all? Well, I ran into a couple of unique sellers this past month, that hired me to list their properties. It was a referral from a past client, that I had sold her home and then helped her find another home. It was a great experience! I digress, I always tell sellers that "You are the decision maker, but I determine the process!" ( got that from another agent)
This is just saying let me do my job, I am the real estate expert, that is why you hired me! I will implement the marketing plan and have the different processes in the order I feel will work. Guess what? Everytime I did something, they would criticize it or like the episode with the pics, they had a friend retake photos, that we had already shot and posted, slowing up the process!( By the way, their pictures were dark and most of the rooms looked like they were leaning with; foundation problems??)
Open house signs were put out by another agent days before the open house, metal ones, guess what, they wrote with a permanent marker times on them without permission. Again, always trying to do mine or another agent's job!
People, People when you hire an agent let the agent control the entire process! Do not try to do their job for them. Suggestions and ideas are welcome and a meeting may be in order to see what is working and not working; however 5 days into the process it was not working and so we parted ways. I lasted 2 days longer than the previous agent! I had been the 3rd agent, OMGoodness! It wasn't me! LOL
If you are not comfortable in letting go and working with an expert, than you need to sell it on your own. Otherwise, when you decide to hire a real estate agent let that person do their job and you continue doing yours.
In all of the transactions, 22 Million in 2009, and the 30+ listings approx., I carry. I have never met such unique people nor do I hope to ever run into these type again. I'm glad to be moving on.....and helping my true sellers that understand how the process works!
Til next time....Becky A. The Diva Team, Keller Williams Realty Partners Inc.