I'm going to pose a situation to you and ask for your honest feedback as to how you would respond if this situation were presented to you.
Sometime in the next year, my husband and I will be selling our home and buying a new one. Since I'm not licensed in the state of Florida (and have no desire to be), we will be seeking the services of a local real estate agent.
Honestly, this scares me to death. I have rather high expectations for an agent who represents me - well, actually I don't feel my expectations are unreasonable, but my past experience with hiring listing agents has been discouraging - my 'I-consider-to-be-reasonable' expectations weren't even close to met and I spent a lot of my time frustrated.
So, how do I ward this off? I don't WANT to be frustrated! But I want my agent to have a clear understanding of what I expect... and to be willing to live up to my I-consider-to-be-reasonable expectations.
Here's my idea... to make a proposal to the agents we interview, outlining what we expect from them in terms of pre-market pricing research, photography, communication, marketing, ongoing market research, etc. And see who, if any, are interested in our business...
How would you respond if someone took this approach with you? (Caveat - this "someone" has real estate experience and has maybe even written a book or two on the subject.)
Would you be offended and irritated? Or conversely, challenged and inspired?
Here's a little survey on the matter - would love your input! http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e68ydadch5pidebu/start