Honesty and the Agent

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Windermere Peninsula Properties

I do not want to disappoint you, but this is not a blog about dishonest agents. Instead this is a blog about being honest with your agent.

Many people including myself only want to show their best side. We do not want others to think of us as anything, but how we want to appear...perfect. No troubles, no tempers, no problems. The truth of the matter is that we are all human, and we occupy the same planet. Who do we think we are fooling? We have ups, and downs, shortcomings, and issues.

When you hire an Agent to negotiate, and market your property, both of you have expectations of one another. It is being honest about these expectations that will lead to a successful relationship, and outcome. Selling your home can be a stressful situation, and agents understand this. I personally feel that the more informed my client is the easier it will be for them to make decisions when the time comes. An agent can not expect that a client will understand the process unless it is shared with them. Communication is a two way street however, and the more informed your agent is of your needs the better equipped they will be when presenting you with options. It is a win win for everyone when we all get on the same page.

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Comments (8)

Valerie Springer
Benchmark Mortgage nmls 2143 - Birmingham, AL
Home Loan Officer AL, FHA, VA, Conventional and Re

Communication is the key to any transaction.  Well written.

Oct 27, 2008 03:31 PM
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA

Ditto!  It would sure make us better agents if our clients would recognzie the importance of being straightforward.  It is pretty hard to read minds....I personally have never been able to do that!

Oct 27, 2008 03:37 PM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

I don't know if it is just human nature to hide anything unpleasant, but this has long been one of my pet peeves (putting it mildly).  For many years I was a trial attorney and I would urge, beg, plead and demand that my clients be honest with me so there would be no surprises at trial.  They would insist that they were telling me everything, and then at trial every now and then I'd have my client on the stand and get an answer 180 degrees from what they had been telling me - a few times the surprise answer lost the case for us.  When asked why they hadn't told me the truth before, their answer invariably was something like: "I wasn't under oath before."  There are times when I wish I could put my real estate clients under oath before I ask them qualifying questions. It would be nice to feel I was always getting straight answers.

Oct 27, 2008 04:23 PM
Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

I love your responce, Susan. I think we should put them all under oath. Great idea!

Oct 27, 2008 04:31 PM
Tom Davis
Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today ! - Dover, DE
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Oct 27, 2008 04:58 PM
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Providence, RI

Dinah, this is a nice post. I agree it is just human nature to hide something. Deep in our heart, we all have some ego. I usually talk to my partners that: if you see, we are all smart and we know we always try to hide something. If we were to work together for many years, we will find out if something is true or not. So how about we just say everything honestly.

Oct 28, 2008 01:16 AM
Kristian Schonberg
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA

Right on!  In the end, all we have is our reputation, which can be ruined by one dishonest incident.  This is a key ingredient for teamwork.

Oct 29, 2008 11:49 AM
Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

Thank You for sharing. I really appeciate all of your input and comments-Dinah

Oct 29, 2008 05:14 PM