Real Estate Agents are more than a Website

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

We've all heard the chatter over the past few years. There have been countless articles written about what the future holds for Real Estate Agents. The emergence of popular websites allowing consumers more access to finding their own homes is supposed to be the death nail of the Real Estate industry. But information is not the be-all end-all of Real Estate. It's only the beginning. It's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to buying and selling a home. What we offer is far more than knowledge. Real Estate Agents are coaches, guides, advocates, and work-horses for their clients. 

 

Whether it be a first time home buyer or retirees selling the home they've lived in for thirty years, Real Estate agents are there to navigate their clients through the legalities, contracts, inspections, and negotiations. Online resources for health information are a great way to educate yourself on what to do with a sore throat or a nagging cough but they are not intended to replace a Physician. Real Estate agents have, and always will have, more to offer than an online search of available properties. We believe in what we do. Some may wish to downplay what Real Estate Agents do as insignificant but researching homes for sale online can never replace or outweigh the benefits of hiring a Real Estate Agent to be your guide through the home buying or selling process. 

 

Let Zion Realty be your Arizona Real Estate Advocate by representing you in the purchase or sale of a home. Contact us as ZionRealtyAZ.com. 

 

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Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
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Great analogy and I so agree. I'm finding the same thing w/ flooring.  People can find lots of info online, but more often than not, they are confused and don't want to do w/ that info.

Jan 26, 2015 12:38 AM #3
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Hi Nicole, It is overwhelming for them and for me when I am searching too. I get tired and just want someone to trust.

Jan 26, 2015 12:49 AM #4
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Sharon Parisi
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Technology is missing a heart, a soul, personal experience, and expertise.  Although the Internet can gather info, it may not gather the the appropriate data for a particular transaction due to user input and cannot interpret the information based on unpublished facts.

Jan 26, 2015 12:54 AM #5
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Tammy Lankford,
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I without a doubt think that agents will always be a part of the best transactions for buyers and sellers.  

Jan 26, 2015 12:59 AM #6
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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Joan - The internet marketers want to convice the public that buying a home is as easy as a few clicks of the mouse. Wrong!

Barbara - From start to finish we are there through the whole process!

Debbie G - A lot of people don't even realize that same flooring they put in their living room will look different in their bedroom because of lighting, space, and other factors. That's why they need to consult a professional like you!

Debbie R - I completely agree. I get just as overwhelmed sometimes looking for properties and it's what I do for a living! I can imagine how home buyers feel!

Sharon - The internet sites are a decent starting point but they should never replace a professional agent!

Jan 26, 2015 01:01 AM #7
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
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Tammy - No matter what the pundints want to say, you can't replace Real Estate Agents with technology. 

Jan 26, 2015 01:03 AM #8
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Mike Tizzano
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I have a first time buyer that I am working on qualifying.  They don't have an agent and I have referred them to one I've worked with that I know is good.  They looked into a house they liked on the net and were of course replied to by an agent.  The funny thing was she forwarded the email that the agent sent regarding loan products and the information was grossly inaccurate and also showed that this individual didn't know everything that was available.  It's not his/her job to but if you don't know you probably should defer all comments on the matter to the person who is paid to know.  The point is that a good agent will never be replaced by any type of automation. 

Jan 26, 2015 01:49 AM #9
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Nicole, I like your analogy here. Information is one thing. Knowing how to apply the information when making a huge purchase is another. We are far more than door openers who drive fancy cars. 

Jan 26, 2015 01:59 AM #10
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Bryan Robertson
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Agreed. I've had to clarify this point to a few people lately. They keep predicting technology (information) will replace agents. Kathleen said it perfectly.

 

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Jan 26, 2015 02:27 AM #11
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Nicole,

I agree with you a 100%.  One thing that I think would help is that we praise other agents rather than keep pointing out to the public all the rotten ones and how we are better than they are in my humble opinion.  No other profession engages in this kind of finger pointing.  A

Jan 26, 2015 02:33 AM #12
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon Nicole,

No matter what the clients will go to the websites to look; but it still comes down to our expertise of the local market. And if they are just looking at pictures they could end up in a hornet's nest.

Make yourself a great day.

Jan 26, 2015 04:33 AM #13
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
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There is no way technology will replace us since we know HOW to apply that technology best!

Jan 26, 2015 05:08 AM #14
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
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Mike - Next time you need to refer someone I know a really good agent 

Kathleen - We certainly don't lack information these days but deciphering that information is where most people fall short.

Bryan - Thanks for the feature! I've had to talk a few people off the ledge myself lately. 

Alexandra - I've never understood the need to tear down other agents. It makes you look petty and jealous. 

 

Raymond - Our local market expertise is what separates us from the computers!

Barbara-Jo - Yes, exactly!

 

Jan 26, 2015 05:37 AM #15
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Nicole, I have to wonder, do doctors, lawyers and financial planners look at their equivalent of Zillow.com and scratch their heads at all of the misinformation?

Jan 26, 2015 08:38 AM #16
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
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Patricia - You've got to think that all the "free" legal advise websites and WebMD type sites frustrate the professionals in those industries.

Jan 26, 2015 09:39 AM #17
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Mike Tizzano
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You're already on my radar if I get an East side but without an agent😃

Jan 26, 2015 10:35 AM #18
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Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
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Online sites are a good place to start and an ok place to search, but in the end there is nothing like boots on the ground.  Buying or selling a house is a big deal.  Unless you are experienced in the matter, it is best to deal with a professional that can get it done. 

Jan 26, 2015 09:52 PM #19
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Mike Tizzano
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East side buyer** :)

Jan 27, 2015 01:05 AM #20
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Tammie White, Broker
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Just because information is readily available online, doesn't mean a person should take that information and buy or sell without assistance. Doing that kind of thing may cost consumers thousands of dollars.

Jan 27, 2015 10:47 AM #21
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
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ZTR etc. are great for searching for houses.   Now hire a professional to weed through your choices, help you make a selection, and guide you through the complex process to get you into your new house. 

Jan 28, 2015 12:15 PM #22
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