Ways Not to Hire an Experienced Sacramento Realtor

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

All Sacramento Realtors are not the same just like all Sacramento sellers are not the same. Every seller has a different agenda and method that she or he uses to go about picking an agent. Sometimes a seller will say, I am only interviewing one other agent. And when I ask who it is, the seller might refuse to release that information. See, that is a red flag. Sometimes those situations involve a family member who happens to hold a license (one in 50 people in California have a real estate license), and the seller, rightfully so, is worried about inexperience. So, the plan is to extract free advice from a real professional.

Or, a seller might say: I want you to come over to my house and tell me what I need to fix, but clearly understand this is not a commitment to hire you. See, another red flag.

Further, because sellers do not understand how commissions work and still tend to believe one can pick an agent with a cheap comission to make more money (when they actually tend to lose more money), they do not understand many top agents refuse to cut fees. Yet, another red flag.

I've even had sellers tell me they want my expert advice and yet they want me to work for less. You know, to provide superior service, spend a lot of money marketing their home, work diligently to maximize their profit potential, but discount my paycheck. They look so unhappy and sad when I walk out the door. Like I just wrecked their plans. But you're the one we want, they cry. We just want you to change how you work. Sorry, no can do.

The best calls are those that say they were referred to me or they read my reviews, blog and website and are certain I am suited for them. Those are the people I gladly visit and work with. It is a bit insulting to treat a veteran agent like a newbie, but many sellers don't know that. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Sellers Who Plan to Interview Sacramento Realtors Like Free Advice.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Kathy Streib
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Elizabeth- several of my colleagues have charged sellers who asked them to come out to see how much a vacant staging would cost. I never did but had to keep tight lipped because I discovered that many would try to pick my brain...what would you put here?  What should I put there? Can you show me pictures of what you'd use?  And then they go out and rent or buy what they need. 

I agree with you...meeting yes!  Interview? No!

Nov 03, 2018 03:40 PM #1
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Kathy Streib Selling short sales and negotiating those payoffs for sellers was one of the high points of my career because every.single.seller.valued.everything.

There was no talk of hiring a cheaper agent or a relative or trying to pick my brain. I could do something no other agent can do, and they had no choice if they wanted to get that weight off their shoulders.

I still offer a service no other agent can do because no other agent is me.

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Elizabeth, we have many discount brokerages here in Denver, and Sellers do believe they will make more money.   They don't understand when they offer the buyer's agent less than other homes, their home may not be shown after the agent lets the buyers know they may need to make up the difference per the buyer's agent contract.

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The age old game of sucking the information and advice out of seasoned pros and hiring someone with a lower commisison rate is one that never plays out well.  Those sellers think they win when they look at how much more Agent A would have cost, but the reality is, they never see that Agent A would have gotten them a higher price too, or better terms in a contract.  You can pick the brain of a seasoned pro all day, but if you hire otherwise, you will bear the consequences.

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Joan Cox We don't have much of a problem with discount brokers cutting the selling agent's commission in Sacramento. They do make the mistake of thinking homes will sell themselves so they don't have to do professional photos or much marketing so they can cut the listing end, and then when inspections come back with repairs, they often can't handle it.

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Chris Ann Cleland Some people have to learn the hard way and some don't learn at all.

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