This is my first post and I am going to talk to you about something that really bothers me. You know it can get discouraging hearing the common theme in the market place - any agent will do. There is a prevalent belief that seems to be taking hold and that is that agents are a dime a dozen. I am not sure why this has occurred. Perhaps it's due to the fact that so many people have gotten their real estate licenses over the past 5-7 years. Perhaps it's due to the fact that there are now so many discount brokerages out there. Or perhaps it's just the lack of knowledge that most home buyers and sellers have when it comes to buying or selling a home - let's face it, people don't buy and sell homes as frequently as they buy and sell stocks.
Whatever the reason, it can be frustrating to be considered a commodity especially when I know the amount of work I do for my clients, the pitfalls I help my clients avoid and the amount of sleep I lose thinking about and worrying about my client's transactions. Of course it's my job not to let them know about all the behind the scenes issues that they DIDN'T have to worry about - that I did. But how do you let new clients know this. How do you let for sale by owners know that they could be selling their home for far less than market value or they could be setting themselves up for law suits or just plain headaches down the road - all to save a couple of thousand or sometimes hundreds of dollars. How do you let buyers know that our commission is paid for by the sellers and that we have their fiduciary responsibility at stake? That we are there to negogiate the best deal, work through the contract issues, deal with inspection issues, keep tight on contract deadlines, work with the lender and on and on?
I don't know what the answers are as I don't think they are easy. I think that enough people with try and "go it alone" or "save that money" only to learn the hard way that real estate is a complicated business and one that DOES require a LOCAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE, COMMITTED expert. Everything in life is pendulum like - things just sometimes swing way to far in one direction but they always swing back.