REAL ESTATE FOR THE 21st CENTURY

By
Real Estate Agent with Port Washington Properties

Today's real estate market deserves agents that provide their customers and clients with all services available today, including complete utilization of technology, internet saavy, Energy Star expertise, green aspects, etc. Customers and clients should be easily able to reach their agent. With today's technology, there is no excuse for slow response time. Customers and clients should EXPECT their agent to not only carry a PDA like a Blackberry, BUT for their agent to use it properly and promptly. Agents should provide customer-friendly websites, and interactive links to relevant information, such as green building, homeowner cybertips, buyer and seller tips, relevant blog links, etc.

Agents should constantly be taking courses, not solely for license requirements, but also to better represent their customers, clients, and the real estate industry. I feel so strongly about this that I have taken continuing ed courses in buyer representation (LBA), cyberspace expertise (RECS), and environmental aspects (ECOBROKER Certified), so that I can properly represent my customers and clients.

I have tried to make my website informative, user-friendly, and interactive, to provide the ultimate website experience. From the homepage of my site, www.portwashingtonlongislandhouses.com, visitors are able to link to ecobroker and green building info, cybertips, buyer and seller tips, energy saving tips, and links to numerous real estate and real estate resources websites. The website is updated constantly, and links to major search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, RedZee, ASK, and many others. I attempt to make finding my information as easy as possible.

I also feel a realtor must make a committment to his town. I am heavily involved in the local environmental community, and believe that realtors must work to make their community's have the best quality of life's possible.

Comments (2)

Jolynna McCune
Groome & Co. REALTORS - Memphis, TN
Affiliate Broker

Hi Richard,

I completely agree with your posts.  I am working on educating myself constantly in order to better serve my clients.  I have committed to obtaining my ABR designation this fall and will follow that up with e-pro.  One of the reasons I love Active Rain so much is all the great information posted here.  Best of luck to you.

 

Jun 28, 2008 04:06 AM
Joe Virnig
RE/MAX Gold Coast REALTORS, Ventura County, California - Ventura, CA
No Ordinary Joe

Richard,  I agree with your post in most respects, and I certainly have all the tools you've mentioned.  I'm not sure I want to be at my clients beck and call 24/7.  If an agent has no boundries and no life outside of real estate they will burn out.

Jun 28, 2008 04:23 AM