Not Working with Agent, But Want Services of Agent - Real Estate Q & A

Reblogger BRAD NEWTON-Pittsford NY- CBR®-SFR®-SRES®-Lic. R.E. Salesperson
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Group Pittsford, NY

I wanted to share this as it provides a great example of how our expertise comes at a price.  As REALTORS® , we take our job very seriously and treat every client with the utmost respect.  

Our fee's cover the cost of doing business which includes answering phones, being available at a moments notice to show a property or insure all the details are taken care of.  The next time you want free time to go out to dinner, go on a day trip or be free from answering a phone call your local REALTOR®.  It's a lot more than just showing the home and answering the phone, we are with you from beginning to end!!

Original content by Donna Harris 0480809

You know how sometimes you hear something or read something and it makes you chuckle, and you keep going back to those thoughts and you laugh out loud?  I had a moment this morning like that, and I keep reading the article and laughing out loud.

Real estate Questions and has an "Ask George & Chuck" section. The public or agents can write in questions and George & Chuck will answer them, to the best of their ability.  Here is a posting from Aug 6, 2012.

"Dear George: My wife and I are selling our home. We chose not to list it in the multiple listing service because we heard it costs an exorbitant fee. We are finding out, however, that selling our home is a time-intensive process; one of us has to be available to answer phone inquiries as well as show our home. Are you aware of any services that would field these phone calls and handle showing our home?"

Doesn't that make you laugh?  These people are asking real estate experts about how to bypass working with a REALTOR®, but still get the services a REALTOR®  takes care of.  It makes me laugh to think how people think it couldn't possibly be worth their time and effort to sell their own home, but yet they don't want to pay for an expert to help them do the things they don't want to do. What about "it takes money to make money"? They might think it's an "exorbitant" amount of fees, but it's all relative if it frees up their time and energy of answering the phone, answering questions, being home for showings because how else is someone going to view the house, taking time off work in order to be home for the showings, etc...

With Q&A, I don't always agree with the answers some experts give, but that's what makes the world go 'round. We all have different views. In this case, I was giving a huge high-five to George:

"Answer: Yes. It’s called your local association of REALTORS®. Visit and select "Find a REALTOR®" at the top of the page. Follow the steps to locate a Texas REALTOR® who is not only qualified to take phone calls and show your house, but can advise you throughout the sales process and assist you with all required documentation."

I wonder what type of response they were hoping for?  Maybe a number to an answering service that takes messages? By the way, here's my profile following the directions above.

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Donna Harris
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Hi Bradley, Thank you for the reblog of this valuable information. It's amazing how little the public really knows though NAR has been around for years to help explain it all.

Aug 13, 2012 11:55 AM #1
Bryan Robertson
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It's amazing how many people think nothing of asking to get the services of an agent without being willing to pay anything for them. 

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