I was thinking about my Real Estate business today and I asked myself this question. What will it be like for a Realtor 10 years from now? Things are changing so fast in our industry it makes me wonder if it will even be worth the effort of working in Real Estate. I wonder if people 30 years ago asked the same question. I have to believe that the business will still be a personal business. Even though people begin on the Internet, they still end up working with one of us one on one in the end.
Do you believe that people honestly see the value in the services we provide? Or do people work with us because the alternative of selling their house without anybody's help is not appealing? Lord knows I have worked with many sellers and buyers who thought they knew everthing there is to know about Real Estate. I am sure that you have also, but I never let it get to me. I am confident of the knowledge we have as agents and the value we bring to the table.
Have any of you heard of the "brokerages" that offer to rebate their commission to the buyer or seller if they agree to work with them? We had a couple of them advertising on the radio hot and heavy for a number of months and the poof they disappeared. I don't really wonder why because we all know the answer. Many people out there have twisted ideas about what we make for commission and if it really is worth it for them to work with us. Not our buyers, but our seller's definitely think about that sometimes. This is a very difficult business and it is full of risk for us when it comes to our reputation and financial well being. In the end people are paying for our knowledge, wisdom and experience when it comes to Real Estate. There is only so much that the Google search engine will provide for the consumer when the rubber meets the road in this area. You can Google "help me close my real estate transaction with ease" all you want but if you don't have an experienced person by your side, you are at risk. We most always get what we pay for and in the case of the discount brokerages, if you pay them little they will provide little in return.
I hope that this article benefits you and I hope that you take the time to leave a comment on your take on this subject. There are many of you with a tremendous amount of wisdom and here is your opportunity to spread the wealth.
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