- This post was inspired after reading Elizabeth Cooper-Golden's recent feature: How Are We Going to Fix This
Elizabeth went to round table discussion of which she had interest in. Her attendance was voluntary, and made to gain some insight on protecting buyers who are purchasing in HOA's.
One very disgruntled woman gave our poor Elizabeth a tongue lashing . . . berating Realtor® due to several of her first-hand experiences.
Got me thinking . . .
Don't blame me if your picker is broken.
Seems like the woman picked some agents who she felt didn't have her best interests at the forefront . . . like FIVE times!!
I've been practicing real estate since 1999. My first home in Oregon was purchased in 1995. I HATED my agent for what she DIDN'T do for me. The home I purchased was not insulated, although the listing sheet said the home had been "PGE weatherized for efficiency." (Portland General Electric had a highly publicized weatherization program at the time.)
The flyers also stated the home had been weatherized.
NOPE!! I purchased in April . . . come October the place was a freezer. I was a young, single mother at the time. Finances were limited. The cost to heat the place was over $135/month . . . an exorbitant amount. I had to close off the back of the house, the bedrooms, and my young son and I slept in the living room -- he on the love-seat, and I on the couch. For TWO WINTERS!! I could not afford to heat the entire home.
Talk about having a real estate agent NOT COVERING MY BACK . . . and MY BEST INTERESTS!!
What did I do . . . I became an agent! I became an Exclusive Buyers Agent, and SWORE I would NEVER let what happened me happen to any of my clients!!
My picker was broken when I engaged the services of that agent. I didn't have a CLUE on the home buying process. Many people don't! Which is why a GOOD AGENT will take the time to consult with you, and talk to you in detail about the process. They will look at things . . . like listing sheets, and ensure statements are truthful. It's called due diligence . . . and a good fiduciary will provide this service to you!
The woman in Elizabeth's post had FIVE agents that she disliked. FIVE!!
Lady, don't blame Elizabeth if you're picker is broken.
THERE ARE good, competent agents out here.
Use the 3 R's to find a Realtor®: