Do you want an agent with a good sense of humor, or do you prefer someone who is super serious, ALL THE TIME?
This morning, as I sipped my first cup of coffee, I began my daily early morning ritual of surfing the net. I like to type in phrases and see what neat little piece of information pops up. Sometimes, I find very educational information, sometimes funny stuff, and sometimes.... Nothing that interests me at all. This morning, I typed in "Top questions to ask REALTORS®". One little tid bit that I found on About.com, caught my eye and I enjoyed the article.
In an article written by Elizabeth Weintraub, "Questions to ask a Real Estate Agent - How to Interview an agent", She suggests to consumers, to ask "What are the top 3 things that separate you from the competition"? She continues with:
"A good agent won't hesitate to answer this question and will be ready to fire off why she/he is best suited for the job. Everyone has their own standards, but most consumers say they are looking for agents who say they are:
- Honest and trustworthy
- Excellent negotiators
- Available by phone or e-mail
- Good communicators
- Able to maintain a good sense of humor under trying circumstances"
I believe that most consumers want everyone to be honest and trustworthy....In any industry, and in every aspect of life. An assertive agent knows how to get things done. Speak the truth with confidence. Excellent Negotiator.... Of course! When you decide to sell or buy a home, you want an agent that can negotiate the best price and get it to the closing table. Available by phone or e-mail.... You betcha. Add Text to that list too! Friendly.... I have never met anyone who wished to do business with someone who was NOT Friendly. Real Estate agent, grocery store clerk, banker, priest.... I prefer everyone be friendly (you may say I'm a dreamer). Analytical.... You definitely want an agent that can analyze and create solutions. But the last one on the list, Able to maintain a good sense of humor under trying circumstances.... Right On!
To be able to maintain a good sense of humor, the agent must have a good sense of humor to begin with. I'm not suggesting that the agent you choose should not ever be serious.... They must be, but a good sense of humor....ABSOLUTELY! Remember, that we are all human, we are all different and if we know how to laugh & make the best of every situation, I believe that we can accomplish more.
What do you think? Does a real estate agent have to be totally serious ALL THE TIME, or is it more important for each agent to just be themselves, know how to laugh and have a good sense of humor (knowing when to be "serious", of course)? I think, I'll take the latter... especially considering that the average consumer agrees!
Life is AWESOME and way too short to be
SUPER-SERIOUS ALL THE TIME!