What Consumers Should Know About Realtors

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What Consumers Should Know About RealtorsThe relationship between a buyer or seller and their real estate agent can be quite intense for a short period of time.  Although many long lasting friendships have developed as a result of a real estate transaction, the Realtor does not enter into the relationship with that in mind.  The Realtor is not looking for a new best friend.

Realtors Have a Job to Do

The real estate agents primary job is to either help the home owner sell their house or help a buyer buy a house.  They have been hired to do a job and that's exactly what they try to do.  Are there a few bad apples among us?  Of course, but that can be said for every profession.  I believe Realtors get hit especially hard because consumers make a lot of assumptions about what it is we do and how we do it.  Below is my list of things I think consumers need to know about Realtors.

What You Should Know About Realtors

  • Realtors don't show buyers more expensive houses so they can make more money.  The difference in the actual commission is minimal.
  • Realtors can't tell a buyer if a neighborhood is safe or if the schools are good.  Our definition of safe may be different than the buyers'.
  • Realtors don't choose to become Realtors because they can't do anything else.  Realtors come from a wide range of professions and most of them were extremely successful in their other careers.
  • Realtors are professionals and should be treated as such.
  • Realtors work hard for their money.  What you see is an open house and a settlement, but we do and deal with so much more.
  • Selling real estate is nothing like you see on television.  Reality television is anything but.
  • Realtors don't get kick-backs for recommending other professionals, we simply want to work with the best.
  • Realtors want to sell your house, but they can't make anyone buy your house.  We want your house to sale just as quickly as you do.
  • Realtors make recommendations for a reason.  This is what we do for a living and this is why you hired us.
  • Realtors don't get paid unless you go to settlement.  We put a lot of time in upfront in the hopes of getting paid.
  • There are painfully few "easy" transactions.
  • Realtors do a lot of work that you'll never see.
  • We only want to move the transaction forward if that's what you want.
  • Realtors give advice based on data, not emotions.

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Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Good Morning Candy,

Thanks for the post and information. Have a great week

Mar 02, 2015 10:14 PM #1
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Hi Candy, real estate professionals wear many hats on the way to a closing table and all their clients should ever see is a person that does their job with little fan fare

Mar 02, 2015 10:26 PM #2
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
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So true!  "Real" real estate is definitely not easy and is nothing like what's shown on TV.  

Mar 02, 2015 11:18 PM #3
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