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Real estate buyers and sellers, and the agents who help them, this post is for all of you!
I was just reading a post by Lola Audu about some happy real estate buyers of hers who had been approached by a scam artist. Fortunately, the buyers called their trusted real estate agent instead of taking the word of a stranger who was trying to make them believe that their home had liens against it and was going into foreclosure. It’s a shame that these real estate scam attempts are becoming all too common.
My reason for writing this post is to point out one of the aspects that real estate sellers and buyers often overlook, which is the relationship between REALTOR® and client.
- When we were in a seller's market, the seller's resented paying a commission to REALTORS® because they thought they could do it themselves. And in that real estate climate, there was a good possibility they could. But knowing the basics is not the same as being a real estate expert who is in the field full-time, and who is also required to obtain ongoing continuing education.
- Now that we're in a buyer's market, seller's are desperate to sell, and really need to make as much money as possible. Of course they would like to save money by not having to pay a commission. The only difference now is, it's next to impossible to sell real estate without the professional tools that REALTORS® have.
Now I am not going to try to justify the actions of some unscrupulous REALTORS®, because unfortunately not all REALTORS® have the expertise that is necessary to survive in this tough market. And many of them are just as desperate for a paycheck as their sellers are to sell. But if there's one thing I know without question, it's that there is not one person on this planet that can succeed in any endeavor, without help from someone. We are all interdependent in one way or another. ActiveRain is proof of that. We come here to share experiences and ideas, to network and form business relationships, to learn, and to help others. And it's that same type of interdependence that comes into play where the rubber meets the road: when REALTOR® and client work together in a trustworthy, beneficial relationship.
You see, if Lola had not built this type of relationship with her clients, her clients may have lost their home to a scam artist. (Or we could backtrack to the point where her buyers may have never found their home without her help.) If you’re not familiar with some of the scams that are currently being reported, read my post titled “Home Owners Facing Foreclosure-Beware of Scam Artists”. However, in the case of Lola's clients, they were not facing foreclosure. But the man who came to their door had a lot of facts that made him sound quite convincing.
So REALTORS®, this is just a gentle reminder that our clients depend on us, and despite what some people believe, those of us who are still hanging in there know that this job is hard work! And to real estate buyers and sellers, this is my way of letting you know that most REALTORS® genuinely care and will work diligently for you, when the time comes for you to buy or sell. And we all know that when you build lifelong relationships that are built on trust, the long-term rewards extend way beyond one real estate sale.
For any real estate buyers or sellers in the Daytona Beach area, Port Orange, Ormond Beach or surrounding areas, make a Smart Choice and contact Lisa C. Hill with Adams Cameron & Co.