Why Do I Need A Realtor

Real Estate Agent with Remax 200 Realty BK645994

Real estate is not rocket science, in fact in some respects selling real estate is simple. There is however a big difference between simple and easy. Someone once told me many years ago that bull riding is simple. You keep the bull between you and the ground. It is simple, but it is not easy. Ultimately, a good Realtor's® greatest value comes from being able to guide you safely through the sale or purchase process. The average home owner may only purchase and sell three or four houses in a lifetime. In the 13 years I have been in real estate, I have personally sold around 300 homes representing buyers and sellers. Every sale has held valuable lessons that I use to help guide my home owners and home buyers.

David Gallup, a very well respected Realtor® at Remax 200 Realty compares our job to that of an airline pilot. Our job is to get you where you want to be safely. It is not always a smooth flight, but an experienced pilot knows how to chart a safe course and when to turn on the fasten safety belts sign. Today's real estate market has a lot of turbulence, whether you are selling or buying. For homeowners who need to sell, your Realtor® can help you understand values in your area, and can offer marketing suggestions to make your home stand out in a crowded market. We are still in a very strong buyers market in many segments, but that does not mean there are not pitfalls. A good Realtor® can help home buyers and investors get the most for their money.

You would never think to try and pilot the jet on your next trip, because there is too much at risk if you make a mistake. The pilot has logged hundreds or even thousands of hours in the cockpit and probably made the same trip many times before. Selling or buying, you should have a Realtor® that you have confidence in representing you and your interests. There is too much at risk, not to.

David Welch Real Estate Optimist, Orlando Real Estate


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Eugene Adan
Adan Properties, Carlsbad, CA (760) 720-9710 - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad Real Estate


Yeah, and how do they qualify a buyer interested in purchasing their home?

Sep 20, 2010 04:51 AM #93
Scott Deaton
Deaton Group Realty - Little Rock, AR

Great response to a very common question.  You wouldn't fly yourself on vacation, because the risk of a mistake is too great.  My job for my clients is to minimize, if not eliminate, the risks involved with the largest financial decision my clients are making.  This is a huge responsibility, and involves a process with many different moving parts.  Parts that could cost my buyer or seller valuable time, expense, and equity.  I don't take my profession lightly.

Sep 20, 2010 05:06 AM #94
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

Good analogy on the airline pilot!

Sep 20, 2010 05:39 AM #95
Nicole Fleming
FC Tucker Emge - Henderson, KY

Love the analogy.  When converting FSBO's I sell them on jobs.  They have a day job that takes up their time already.  Do they really want another career in real estate added to their already hectic lives?  That really makes them think.

Sep 20, 2010 06:49 AM #96
Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc - East Meadow, NY

Great analogy David of a Realtor and an Airplane Pilot. If you want to get there safely do not fly the plane yourself.

Sep 20, 2010 06:54 AM #97
Elizabeth Miller
Century21 Gentry Realty - Boonville, NY

Hey David,

Great Analogy, I am going to share this at my next sales meeting

Sep 20, 2010 07:54 AM #98

Hi David,

I just recently purchased a home in Colorado.  I worked with an exclusive buyer agent, and had a great experience.  At the beginning of the process my husband and I thought briefly about doing it ourselves.  The truth is, I didn't know where to start.  After finishing the process it literally makes me laugh to think of trying to buy a home on your own- especially a first timer like myself.

I would recommend to anyone and everyone - work with an agent! 



Sep 20, 2010 08:10 AM #99
Denny and Denise Rockwell
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Brea, CA
Real Estate Professionals, Staging & Design

Great point and great comparison!

Sep 20, 2010 10:25 AM #100
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate
If you need a job done and done right hire a professional... No matter what the industry. It's not rocket science but it IS turbulent.
Sep 20, 2010 10:30 AM #101
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

David, as in real estate or in the courts, lawyers always say: "Only a fool represents himself."

Sep 20, 2010 10:51 AM #102
Dave Miller
RE/MAX Integrity, Dumont, NJ 201-385-8100 - Dumont, NJ
RE/MAX Real Estate Dumont,NJ - Bergen County, New Jersey Homes for Sale

Yes, Simple but not easy....and as the famous Jim Rohn would say.... '...much of life is like that....simple, but not easy... and what's easy to do is easy not to do....'  Thanks for the reminder.

Sep 20, 2010 12:57 PM #103
David Welch
Remax 200 Realty - Orlando, FL
#OrlandoRealEstate Optimist

Thank you everyone for all the comments, emails, facebook and twitter contacts. Keep making it look easy.

David Welch, Real Estate Optimist

Sep 20, 2010 11:41 PM #104
Joanne Palumbo
Homestyling101, Westchester County - Yorktown Heights, NY

Thanks for that great blog...loved the notion of simple vs. easy! I often have the same sentiments about staging...you can stage your house yourself but it doesn't mean you should! Hiring a professional always seems to pay off- whether a realtor or a stager!

Sep 21, 2010 03:07 AM #105
Terry McGregor

Thanks for the post.  Great analogies to use when dealing with FSBO's.

Sep 21, 2010 04:50 AM #106

Aloha David,

I really like what you said. It was "simply put but easy to understand". It makes sense!! I will have to use that analogy with people. I also like you your "real esate Optimist" tag line. I feel the same. Even in a gorgeous , paradise Maui- people can be negative and and thus left stranded.Being proactive-not fearful is my preferred method !

Best wishes to you,

Jeannie Kong

Sep 21, 2010 06:15 AM #107
Jeannie Kong

Aloha David,

I really like what you said. It was "simply put but easy to understand". It makes sense!! I will have to use that analogy with people. I also like you your "real esate Optimist" tag line. I feel the same. Even in a gorgeous , paradise Maui- people can be negative and and thus left stranded.Being proactive-not fearful is my preferred method !

Best wishes to you,

Jeannie Kong

Sep 21, 2010 06:15 AM #108
Kathleen Gallagher McIver CRS, SRES
RE/MAX Central Realty - Orlando, FL
A lifetime of local knowledge and experience

Great post David!  Congrats and thank you for always being the resident "optimist".  I appreciate all your thoughts and insight.

Keep up the good work!


Sep 21, 2010 01:27 PM #109
Anthony Carr
Blu Skyy Realty - Virginia Beach, VA

Great Analogy David!

Sep 22, 2010 04:58 AM #110
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Well written David and oh so true. Keep up the good work.

Oct 17, 2010 12:22 PM #111
David Hood


Well said David, looking forward to your nest post.


David Hood
Adore Realty, Inc.
(909) 972-5569
Nov 04, 2010 02:18 PM #112
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