When doctors gets sick, they go to a doctor - a colleague - to seek treatment.
When a lawyer is facing the slammer, he hires the best lawyer he can find to represent him.
When Realtors® decide it's time for a move, they almost always list their own homes.
The thought of moving has crossed my mind lately, and it's also crossed my mind that, when it comes to my own house, I have not one objective cell in my body. I need someone to come in an boss me - tell me what to do.
Over the past couple of months, I've shown several houses with listing information that indicated "agent owner".
- The prices were all optimistic
- One had dining room walls covered with carnivorous wall paper
- Another had a swimming pool with muddy water and a bunch of leaves floating around
- One reeked from an overdose of scented candles
- Fang, the Realtor® eating Rotweiller lived in one, making it incredibly scary to show
- A couple of the virtual tours sucked
- The "brochures" on some consisted of reprints of the MRIS printout
- Most were somewhat complicated to show
Basically, without professional guidance from another real estate professional, we're like a doctor trying to take out her own tonsils. Not a good idea!
Sure, we can get advice from the people in our office, but if we're paying a professional for the advice, we are more likely to take it. And if the value of what we do for other people is really worth what they pay us, perhaps it would be worth it to pay a really good Realtor® to provide the same service for ourselves.