What defines Professionalism?

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Real Estate Agent with Exit IH-10 Realty

Professionalism-What are some of the things that the most successful Realtors do to differentiate themselves from all the rest. The sometimes little things that prove to the customer that they made the right choice when they chose you to represent them in their real estate transaction. In all of my studies on this topic I found that most of the suggestions that I ran across boiled down to good old fashion common sense.

If you are listing a property some of the things you should always do include the following;

***Put together a folder and place it where everyone can see it during open houses that include multiple copies of the Seller's Disclosure Notice on the property.

***Make sure potential buyers have access to a copy of the floor plan.

***Be sure to detail witch improvements/accessories the seller is planning on taking with them when they leave the house, and which ones are staying.

*** Include all pertinent information in the showing instructions package such as alarm/gate codes for access. Detail where the SUPRA/lock box is located and make them aware of whether or not anyone is living in the house at the time of showing.

***If there is someone living in the house, ask them to leave while you are showing the property or suggest that they give the potential purchasers as much privacy as possible while they are looking at your house.

*** If there are any animals on the property, such as dogs or cats that should be noted in the showing instructions and signs should be posted to let buyers know of their presence.

***Be sure to tell sellers to lock up all of their valuables like jewelry, money or prescription drug.

If you have any other suggestions about how to portray your client's property in the best possible light please include them in the comments section. We owe it to ourselves as Realtors to do all that we can to present the most professional presence possible to reassure our clients that they made the right decision in choosing us to represent them and to raise the standards of our industry to new heights.

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David Mieth

Exit IH-10 Realty

Comments (5)

Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Any inspection or appraisals done on the home, neighborhood features that aren't obvious.

I went to show one home and while we were inside, a train came blowing by a few blocks away with the horn blaring! 

Funny thing was, my client was a train fanatic and bought the house! 

The odds of that working out favorably are almost non-existant.

Oct 18, 2009 08:34 AM
Lisa Matykiewicz
United Brokers Group - Gilbert, AZ

Good list....to share with sellers and real estate agents as well.

Oct 18, 2009 09:17 AM
David Mieth
Exit IH-10 Realty - San Antonio, TX

Thanks Mike for that unusual story. I'm glad you were showing that house to the one in a million client that happened to like trains!

Thank you also Lisa. Your comment lets me know that I am on the right track in my approach to this subject.

Oct 18, 2009 11:20 AM
Brian W. Nichols
OWNER/Exit Realty Metro Dallas - Dallas, TX

Well covered! Too much unprofessionalism can always be found in down markets by those that are self absorbed and insensitive to the needs of their clients!!

Oct 18, 2009 03:15 PM
David Mieth
Exit IH-10 Realty - San Antonio, TX

Thanks for your input Brian. I appreciate you contributing your thoughts on this topic.

Oct 19, 2009 01:21 PM