Choosing Professionals...make Professional Choices

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

  competence   I have learned, taking care of my parents and the estate since my mother passed that "professionals" were often chosen for a variety of reasons....competence not always being among them.  My mother would complain about .....the yard not looking as good as it should....but....this was a part time job for a single parent....and he needed the money.  The list goes on to include healthcare "professionals" that had "such nice smiles" and were so friendly....etc., etc.

  yellow pages   We talked about that the other night....I wonder what "friendly Realtor" would be listing the house if we were not licensed.  The first person who replies, the AAA Plumbing Company that used to come up first in the phone book....the lawyer who has an office just blocks away....etc. are not always the best choice for every job.       One of the things you learn in short sales is that everything has to be "third party verified"....yes you have debt....let's see the bills, you had a medical emergency, let's see the documentation....etc.  verificationSo it should be when you choose the doctor, lawyer, plumber etc. for services you need.  A recommendation from friends is a good source...but know what exactly the service was that was performed....the person may be great in one area and out of his expertise but still "practicing" in another.
 home work    Do your home work before you hire....or continue to stay with a service provider....that includes Realtors !  Any honest Realtor proud of their sales record will print out MLS sales records...histories of properties that will show you how long a property was on the market and the list to sale price...OR how many price reductions there have been over the time it has been on the market.

     Do the Same thing when you give out or choose a referral...."first responders" to a call for a Realtor are not always the most of mind awareness for who does the most advertising does not guarantee the best service or product.

  reputation Your reputation is on the line when you make a recommendation...the quality of the service performed for you or someone else is a reflection on you...sloppy paint job or crooked tree trimming...inattentive physician or incompetent lawyer careful.....the reputation you protect is your own.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comments (15)

Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Well, of course, this is excellent advice.  People can be very trusting of others just seeing their titles!  Trust but verify...

Apr 02, 2014 09:46 PM
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
Great points - many times, particularly in times of grief, choices are made based on the first available option, vs. doing research to find the right match.
Apr 02, 2014 09:47 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Trust is a wonderful thing....being too trusting for the wrong reasons...yicks !

Apr 02, 2014 09:56 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

So true Sally. Just the other day our buyers attorney said "She must have a lead paint inspection"...The house was built in 1988 and we in the business know that lead paint was not use after 1978...he insisted on it!

Apr 02, 2014 09:59 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

It's been years since I belonged to a BNI group, but I still use many of the professionals from the group and always ask them for recommendations.

Apr 02, 2014 10:02 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Sally and David.... choose wisely and for the right reason....nepotism is often the reason for some listings being directed where they should never have!!!  when you have earned it, it's deserving!!  our builders refer other builders to us....dare I say, we earned that....1,000 times over!!!

Apr 02, 2014 10:19 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Yes Barb....and Roger..the recommendations of those qualified to make them are invaluable.

Apr 02, 2014 10:49 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Good words of wisdom of course....what else can I expect from you both?  :-)

Apr 02, 2014 11:07 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

I went thru the same thing when MOM passed away, she hired BOZO's because they where nice to her. At least with Realtors they know to hire the one that tells them the highest price. LOL

Apr 02, 2014 11:28 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

uh huh...

Apr 02, 2014 11:34 PM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Depending upon where you practice real estate, the choices can be fewer in some areas than in others.  We've been fortunate to work with top notch providers in both of our two very different markets.

Apr 03, 2014 01:02 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

People are just getting back into the market (agents) and life is good.  From our first year this year we should double the volume

Apr 03, 2014 07:17 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Sally. The photo of the yellow pages is a perfect example of what doesn't work. You do not need an ad in the yellow pages, when you have a referral based business.

Apr 03, 2014 08:48 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

In a small town it takes a long time to get a good reputation and moments to lose it Sally.

Apr 03, 2014 08:56 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

You have it all right.....yellow pages are gone....and reputations should be guarded carefully.

Apr 03, 2014 10:12 PM