We have a number of Soon-to-be Sellers who are in various stages of getting their homes ready for sale...Paint, flooring, landscaping, exterior work including decks and porches...teams of contractors are everywhere. As these Sellers go to visit their next "happily ever afters" they have asked us to refer them to agents as we continue to monitor contractor schedules, suggest materials, colors etc. and sometimes a sprinkling of house sitting...see the grass has been cut, the plants watered etc.
We believe whether it is a contractor or an agent we have contacted and we do not get a reasonably prompt response...we question how that person or company will respond should they get the listing, buyer or job.
Agents....we have a variety of methods for searching our agents..past relationships, Active Rain of course...groups and associations we belong to...no one size/method fits every buyer or seller. Sometimes the locations can be more remote and more research is required. Our Sellers and Buyers can be assured we know the agents we refer....have interviewed them annd are comfortable with the suggesting them as valued service providers for their important real estate decisions.
If we are in a group and have asked for information in email and get phone calls..yes after 10 pm...you have to wonder if the Agent will listen to the client...they have not followed the very basic instructions.
If the request for an agent says "no cheerleaders" please do not post ..."Call Suzy she is the best agent in Whoville" ,
If you don't know Tom, Dick or Harry and all you know is they work for the same brokerage...the live in that state...you only compromise your own credability suggesting that agent who is not geographically qualified to service that client.
If an agent calls, texts or emails you asking you if you are interested in a referral...and for whatever reason, you are not....please use the same manners you would want...and politely respond promptly with perhaps another agent suggested if you know one who may be interested.
Read...understand...respond promptly...use good manners...the commission you save may well be your own.
This has been a professional advice post brought to you by Sally K. & David L.Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty honored to serving Southeastern Wisconsin for all things real estate...including referrals.