This was an interesting post to read today as last night a Ann Arbor buyer contacted me. He is a friend of my son's and although we are Facebook friends I have not seen in awhile.
He was buying a FSBO home and wanted to know "how he could get out of the contract".
I told him to send it to me and let me look at it.
Turns out it was a crappy PA probably drawn up by the FSBO. I reviewed it, and he was still in the 10 Day Notice of Objection Period due to inspection issues.
I won't bore you with all the details, but I doubt he will now IF he ever did think ALL Real Estate Agents are terrible.
All Real Estate Agents Are Terrible!
Some years back while attending a RE/MAX convention one of the speakers relayed the results of a public opinion poll. The essence of that poll? Something we've heard repeated many, many times: the public didn't think highly of our profession. HOWEVER, that same poll identified the public thought VERY highly of their own real estate agent!!
That diversion in opinion was really interesting to me, but it makes sense.
As a whole, how does our profession get portrayed? To read the bulk of mainstream media articles, it's not pretty. Do you see articles like:
- "How My Agent Saved Me $20,000"?
- "How My Agent Saved Me From Buying A Money Pit"?
- "My Agent Drove 10 Miles Through A Blizzard To Make Sure I Didn't Lose My Dream Home!!!"?
- "My Agent Took The Stress Out Of Selling My Home!"?
No, the more likely article follows the concept of "if it bleeds, it leads" philosophy:
- 13 Dirty Secrets Your Agent Won't Tell You
- Real Estate Agent Arrested for Stealing From Clients
- Agents Using Seller's Home As Love Nest
- Yada, yada, yada
Those articles reinforce a less than stellar reputation and tell the public to be wary, to fear real estate agents. Just like with any large cross section of society, there will be a few bad apples in our profession. But far and away the vast majority of real estate agents aren't the agents portrayed by the media.
We're out there working hard for our clients. Doing things behind the scenes, investing money back into our business, sacrificing to make sure our clients are well taken care of. We know happy, satisfied clients are the best path to long term success in this business. It's why when everything is said and done, we have the raving fans that can comfortably say: MY REAL ESTATE AGENT IS GREAT!
That conversion from skeptic at first contact to raving fan, that's the challenge for every real estate agent.
How do you as an agent win over wary callers?
Liz and Bill aka BLiz
REALTORS(S) Serving Warren County Ohio & Adjacent Areas
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