Are we used car salesmen?
Watching the evening news last night I listened to the announcement and introduction of the new basketball coach for the University of Arkansas. They take their basketball VERY seriously in Arkansas. His acceptance speech made me think of how people perceive real estate agents. The new coach proclaimed that he intended to teach his ballplayers how to keep their opponents under " constant pressure and harassment", and thererfore, WIN!
Is that how we as, real estate agents, are pictured? Are we like the car saleman who, presumably to check out the trade-in price of your car, takes the car keys and doesn't return them until you've signed on the dotted line?
Do potential buyers feel that if they call and give us their phone number, that they then will be 'under constant pressure and harassment'? Perhaps that is why internet shopping is so appealing to the average Joe? They can check out listings to their heart's content and not have to deal with us? As a Shell Knob real estate agent, this bothers me.
The times they are a-changing, and if we don't move with or ahead of the change, we'll be left behind in the BG age (before Google). There is an eye opening video I came across at Glumbert.com/media/shift, titled Shift Happens. They give some phenomenal stats and predictions there. It's exciting to live in the AG (after Google) age.
Technology is rapidly changing, and in turn is changing our lives. Shift is happening in both small and large ways. There are days when I feel I've been left behind, but then I keep chugging and with extra effort seem to manage to swim a little easier against the waves without drowning. Hopefully clients will see me as capable and a non-threat to their well being.
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