This is not a political rant and I am not taking sides. This is a story how social media is affecting some real estate sales. Lets take a situation here in the Manchester NH area. In social media, keyboard warriors and those that like to complain are growing. Many people think that if it is online, it must be true.
We have a few local community pages here in my area. When something happens, you will see it on social media long before the "news" reports it. You will get assumptions, guesses, social media detectives and those adding their quick 2 cents.
Lets take politics. No not national... but local. People are quick to bash the Mayor, the police, hospitals, teachers, unions, road crews and drugs. Many subjects a Realtor wont touch with two eight foot poles. I find myself answering more questions than ever on Social media from locals looking to sell to buyers from all over, looking to buy in my area.
Rule #1 is do not feed the trolls, which means i dont argue with anyone on social media. No matter how right or wrong anyone is. I do answer questions in the comments section, in private message, email, phone calls and people I see anywhere i go. It has opened up many opportunities by being both neutral, patient and knowledgeable.
As a city of 120,000 people we have it all. The good, the bad and the great. First off, we do not have big city problems like Boston, New York, Chicago or LA. We have small city issues. We have many more positives which i Will get into. Online users bash anyone with out the thought of repercussion. Politics falls into who or what, they may be complaining about.
Being in Real Estate, these social media pages have real life repercussions. Home Owners who are scared with instant notices if there is a crime. Home Owners fearing increasing taxes as the city government proposes more and more spending. Someone yesterday said, "It is not a bad thing you are getting more homes to sell." My answer it is more than just selling homes. There is a seller behind the home and i built a relationship with my seller. Why are they selling and where are they going to move to? SO when i hear "i saw on social media", I cringe.
On the other side of the coin is home buyers. I have two different stories. First the buyer that says they wont buy here because of all the issues. I ask what issues and the response is always "what i read on social media." I have gone s far as taking relocation buyers in my car on a tour. To see down down, to see schools, shopping centers, the river and suburban neighborhoods. Everyone has learned how wrong social media was.
Lastly, is the buyer who i moving to NH to escape the crime or politics they live in now. They often laugh at posters who they say "have no clue what real big city problems are." To the buyer who bought because their child could actually walk to school. To their not being barb wire around the school. To larger streets. To how clean all the home are. They noticed everything. Health, safety and lack of big city traffic.
In the end, if i can get the chance to talk to anyone, whether in person, instant message or email, i can give the "real" 411 and overcome social media stigma.
Perhaps the MOST IMPORTANT message is to share with every consumer that my philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.
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About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 32 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties.