You Want to Work With That Bossy Agent? Really??

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Plus

I read a status on Facebook today that inspired me. It was posted by Jennifer Juliano, a fun and fabulous agent from the Worcester, MA area who I originally connected with through ActiveRain.

Here's what she said:

Reminding one of my protégés this morning: establishing good relationships with other agents of all companies is wicked important. Aim to be the agent that when another sees you on the other side of a transaction, they say "oh, cool!" Instead of "oh no" or "who's that?"...

This resonated with me, especially the "Oh no!" part. Potential clients who aren't in this business often don't understand just how important an agent's reputation among the real estate community really is. When they meet an agent who comes across as bossy or aggressive, they often think, "Great! This person is going to work really hard to negotiate the best deal for me!"

Aggressive AgentThat may be true, but their attitude may also work against them! Other agents may not want to work with them if they're always pushy or bossy. When they see that agent's name come across on a contract, they may roll their eyes and say, "Not again!" They may be more likely to counsel their sellers to accept a contract from another agent they actually enjoy working with. Isn't that just human nature?

A pushy agent may also turn off the sellers by being too aggressive on your behalf. The best agents will show you market data to support their suggested sale price, and they may even try to dissuade you from making a ridiculously "low-ball" offer on that house you just have to have. They know supporting the offer with data is the way to make things happen, and they don't want you to miss out on a great house.

As for, "Who's that?'", it speaks for itself. Sure, everyone has to start somewhere, but it's often best to work that an agent who has some experience, or at least the support of an established company. If you've never heard of the real estate agent or the company, that's probably not a good sign!

If you find an agent who's friendly, has a good sense of humor, knows the market, and has years of experience... hang on and don't let go! That's the agent who's going to best represent you by working together with everyone else involved in the transaction!

Because, let's face it... don't we all prefer to work with people we like?




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Lori Ballen
Keller Williams Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV
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I know and Love Jennifer! Great Post and great Topic. I wish more agents would take the time to realize that they may need that person on the other end of the phone, or Facebook, Or Tweet, Or email someday and may just want to be a bit nicer ;)


- Lori Ballen

Oct 20, 2012 12:51 PM #1
Kristen Wahl
Re/Max Plus - Rochester, NY

Lori, exactly! Some days I wonder what happened to, "Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you."! Thanks for the comment!

Oct 21, 2012 01:13 AM #2
Jennifer Dodd
Nicely written! I agree you need an agent you like to work with. An agent shouldn't talk you into something you don't want. That's the difference between as real salesperson and a pushy one. When I deal with a pushy salesperson I am usually turned off and I am left wondering what their agenda is. They are there for there own reasons and not there to help me sell or buy a house. 
Lets take salesperson one step further. We are all salespeople of sorts, whether its to sell a product, a service or just sell ourselves in a job interview for whatever profession we desire. If we are easy to deal with, honest, have a good reputation, and deliver good products or services, there are more likely to be return customers. And that is a great road to success.
Oct 24, 2012 11:53 AM #3
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