TIME TO INTERVIEW A REALTOR

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Real Estate Agent with Johnson Real Estate, Inc. RES.0761759

Yesterday I was out having brunch with my son, when I heard a couple behind me in the restaurant talking about their realtor and the bad experience they had buying their new home.  I ignored it until I heard the phrase "Realtors are just like doctors, and attorneys.. they don't care, they are just in it for the money".  At this point I could not sit there without saying something.

I turned around and introduced myself to this couple.  I also mentioned that I was sorry to hear they had a bad experience with buying their home.  Then I asked them if they interviewed their realtor?  Their response was "no".  They just heard their realtor was good.  I continued by saying that if they went to a doctor, and they needed surgery, they would get a second opinion. So, why not interview your realtor?  See how they will help you, ask if they have referrals.  "You are investing a lot of money... don't put it in the hands of someone you don't feel comfortable with".  Once again I apologized for them not getting the service they were looking for, (I knew it was too late for them), but if they did know of friends that were looking for a home, to pass this bit of advice on.  Of course, I also gave them my business card.... they asked for it.

I think realtors should be interviewed.. don't you?  There should be a working relationship between the two parties.  Not every Realtor and buyer are compatible, and since the buyers are putting up a lot of money, why not do this?  Not all realtors are bad, you just need to find one that works for you.

valerie osterhoudt

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Valerie Osterhoudt is a Cromwell Connecticut Residential Realtor who can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in the Middlesex County of CT, as well as the surrounding areas. Please visit me at www.CTrealtorMLS.com for all your relocation and/or local needs.

Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR - Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - 860.635.0387 #2 - valerierealtor@sbcglobal.net

Copyright © 2008 By Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, All Rights Reserved...* TIME TO INTERVIEW A REALTOR*

 

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Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR
(Accredited Buyers Representative)

Is a Full Time Realtor® with with Johnson Real Estate, in Cromwell, CT who specializes in Homes and Condos For Sale in the Middlesex and Hartford Counties in CT.

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Rainmaker
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Christine.. EXACTLY.  Every service position should be interviewed.  Being a service you need to know what you are paying for.. and working with.  You need to know if it will be a good working relationship.  Afterall, you interview for a regular job.. why not interview where your money is concerned.

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Sep 15, 2008 07:55 AM #56
Rainmaker
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Christine.. EXACTLY.  Every service position should be interviewed.  Being a service you need to know what you are paying for.. and working with.  You need to know if it will be a good working relationship.  Afterall, you interview for a regular job.. why not interview where your money is concerned.

valerie osterhoudt

Sep 15, 2008 07:55 AM #57
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Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

You would think people would interview. But I have attorney friends (no jokes please) ones my brother and he is heavy ( couldn't pass on that) anyway and doctors friends and they say people don't get a second opinion from them either. I think people just go with the first one that feels right and most of the time that is the first one out the chute. According to NAR people go with the first agent 65% and the second one 20%  guess leaving everyone else a distant 15% anyway that and a dollar might get you a cup of coffee.

Sep 15, 2008 08:53 AM #58
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Valerie - I used to be very shy, too.  I still am, but I try not to show it...  :)

Sep 15, 2008 09:07 AM #59
Rainer
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Ruthman Real Estate
Accessibility & The Power to Advise - Fairfield, CT

I kind of got into the business because I hated my realtor. It had nothing to do with her personality, it had to do with a lot more...

I suppose you could say she was my first mentor (even before I considered becoming a  licensed professional).  Her bad example was a good teacher...I bring the value of well-rounded experience to the table.  ---

In regards to interviews, my former manager used to hand off all the difficult clients to me because of my patience...I am not sure if that was a gift or a curse. 

 

Sep 15, 2008 10:04 AM #60
Rainmaker
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Charles.. Isn't this sad!  What happened to choice.. meaning more than one to choose from.  Have people become that lazy? 

One client of mine did interview another agent, than came to my office.  He ended up signing with me.. one of the reasons why had NOTHING to do with real estate.  He is in the military, and he wanted to know if I knew what SSG stood for.  The other was he liked the way I approached the job.. professionally, and logically.  He was a very good client of mine... we closed on his home a little over a week ago.

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Sep 15, 2008 11:18 AM #61
Rainmaker
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Debi... Shy can also be a good quality.  As long as you represent your client to the fullest, it doesn't matter about being shy.. right?

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Sep 15, 2008 11:20 AM #62
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

RK & Chris... There is a similarity between us.  The reason why I got into real estate was of the realtor I had when I went through my divorce.. she was horrible.  I now have a love/hate relationship with that real estate company. 

I hate the company for how badly they did their job and the way they treated me... but I love them, for if they didn't treat me badly I would not have given up my job in accounting that I had for 25 years to make a difference in this field.

Who knew I would end up loving this job so much that I would now never change it in a million years.

valerie osterhoudt

Sep 15, 2008 11:25 AM #63
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Michelle Gordon
JH Realty Partners - Ada, MI
Finding Your Place

Yes!  I agree Realtors should be interviewed!  I have been selling for about 7 years now and have only "really" been interviewed twice!  I have to say I enjoyed it!  I like talking about my services.  However when I meet a client for the 1st time I take them to coffee.......lunch whatever works out and I conduct a reverse interview if you will.  I have a book I have made up about myself and my services, so If they don't ask I tell them. 

Sep 15, 2008 12:06 PM #64
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Kara Casamassina
International Property Management Group, LLC - Aiken, SC
Boomers and beyond

Yes!!!  Realtors should be interviewed, Valerie - I totally agree.    Excellent post :)

Sep 15, 2008 12:45 PM #65
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Michelle..It seems to be a general consensus that Realtors want to be interviewed.  To me it makes sense to.  This way both parties now what kind of services they will be getting and how the other person works, and what they are looking for.

I like the idea of the book too, that shows your clients your services.. good touch.

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Sep 15, 2008 11:47 PM #66
Rainmaker
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Kara.. Thanks.. The best way for potential clients to know what we can do for them, now we market property, to answer all their questions, is to be interviewed. If we were interviewed there might be less  of the "I don't like my realtor.. he/she did a bad job."

valerie osterhoudt

Sep 15, 2008 11:56 PM #68
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Valerie - That's right. I try not to let my shyness get the better of me but do my job and put my client first...  :)

Sep 16, 2008 04:26 AM #69
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Teresa Harris
Lake Real Estate, LLC - Denver, NC
Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte

Good for you! I can see myself doing the same thing... Yes, sometimes we are not compatible and it's good to find out up front for both parties.

Congratulations on your gold star and the feature. You contribute a lot to this board!!

Have a great day!!

Sep 16, 2008 05:09 AM #70
Rainmaker
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Debi.. I'm positive that you do a great job with your clients too.  You were wonderful with helping me with my signature and had lots of patients with me.

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Sep 16, 2008 05:31 AM #71
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Teresa.  Thank you again for your kind words.  I appreciate the incentive.  I think *good* realtors would not have a problem with interviewing.  If they know their job, this would be second nature.

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Sep 16, 2008 05:34 AM #72
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Jim Polhemus
Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Real Estate

I couldn't agree with you more. I often wonder where people find their agent/realtor, and why in the world would they trust someone that was obviously ill fitted to selling real estate.

Sep 17, 2008 03:30 AM #73
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Jim..So what you are trying to say is that if I walked up to you on the street (and you've never met me before) you would have no problem giving me.. say... $100,000 cash.  LOL.  Isn't this what the buyers/sellers are doing in essence when they have worked with a realtor they don't like?

 valerie osterhoudt

Sep 17, 2008 04:32 AM #74
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Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Valerie, great post! You are totally right! Everyone doesn't gel and you have to find a realtor that you can work with. Same goes for stagers! You and the client have to be on the same page for it to be a good working relationship.

Sep 18, 2008 01:01 AM #75
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Tanya..Yes, this would apply to stagers as well.  Why not interview?  You interview the clients, and they interview you.  This way you can get a real working relationship going.. for both of you.valerie osterhoudt

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