What’s important to you? Make sure when you look for your home that you are being listened to!

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Are you on the lookout for a real estate agent in Beaverton, Oregon to help you find your dream home? What are you looking for? What areyour needs? Make sure you have a list of wants and needs and remember these are two different things.

Wants are things that would benice to have and needs are things your home must have! Recently I had a person callme that had a smalllist of needs in a home and a larger list of wants. But, when he would send me homes that he wanted to see, not one of these had any of the needs he was looking for, I knew that he was getting desperate despite not looking at a home yet.

I was calling and emailing this person everyday with updates on his home search, but after two weeks of not finding a home with his needs he called another agent to go show him homes. (I wasn’t worried, this other agent clearly wasn’t listening or they wouldn’t have gone and looked athomes) You see after a week with this other agent seeing 22 homes, he called me back and said “Todd, I really need your help, this other agent just doesn’tunderst and what I need in a home ”You see, I was listening to his needs and despite me not showing him a home, he knew that I didn’t show him a house because they didn’t meet his needs.

I wasn’t going to show him every home on the market hoping to get him to write an offer on one of them like this other agent was. He told me “This agent kept trying to get me to write an offer on everyone ofthe house we looked at telling me how they were a great deal, they didn’t listen to what I needed. I didn’t need a price, I needed amenities.”

When you meet with me for the first time, I like to make alist of wants and needs and we work together to make sure we find the home that fills all your needs and hopefully most of your wants. To be honest I’ve never seen a home that can fill both lists.

You are the buyer, you should have an agent that will work for you to find you the home of your dreams, but calling every agent in town tosee every home will not get you loyalty or a hard working agent. An agent that will listen to your needs is someone that will work with you and not be a glorified taxi.

If you are looking for an agent that will listen to your wants and needs, give me a call, I would love to sit down together with you and help you find that home.


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Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Very well said Todd. I hope that with both you and the buyer being so focused you will find him something soon.

Jun 07, 2010 02:44 AM #1
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Sounds to me like a pretty iron clad case for why we were given two ears and only one mouth!

Listen twice as much as you speak. Your clients will appreciate it.

Jun 07, 2010 03:09 AM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Don't you just hate blank stares when you approach a subject.

Jun 07, 2010 03:38 AM #3
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


I'd send family and friends to you!

"Wants are things that would be nice to have and needs are things your home must have!" Bears repeating!

Few home buyers have the ability to buy all their wants and even fewer express all their needs. It takes a great REALTOR to make sure all the needs are fulfilled!


Jun 07, 2010 03:51 AM #4
Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Todd - It's very easy working with buyers. You just have to do the number one thing and that is to listen to their needs and wants. I know who I'll be contacting when I have buyers moving to the Beaverton,Oregon area.

Jun 07, 2010 04:27 AM #5
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Great advice Todd! Find out what your clients need / want and proceed! If you start to deviate, pull back in and get them what ask for. Listening, truly listening is key to happy, satisfied clients and turns into referrals!

Jun 07, 2010 05:50 AM #6
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

What a buyer both needs and wants is an agent who listens and then acts.  Not vice-versa.

Jun 07, 2010 07:41 AM #7
Paige Walker
Paige Walker - Pineville, LA
Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA

Todd great job touching on Buyers needs! I like it! - Paige Walker

Jun 07, 2010 09:18 AM #8
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Todd you don't know how many times I have heard that my other agent kept showing me things I didn't want to see.  I told him or her what I wanted.  By the way I plan on mailing the Zapps to you tomorrow.  Look for them by Friday.

Jun 07, 2010 01:40 PM #9
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Great job Todd. Good communicaton skills are a key to being a good agent. Funny how closing techniques are viewed more importatnly than actually listening to a clients needs and helpin them meet those needs.


Jun 07, 2010 02:51 PM #10
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

It always better to listen to your client.  Great job of listening.

Jun 07, 2010 04:40 PM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Todd, I hear what you're saying here, but how many times have buyers told you what they are looking for and then end up buying something totally different?  It does happen.

Jun 08, 2010 12:00 AM #12
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