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Agents: What do you differently now from when you first started?

Asked by Trulia Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL Thu May 30, 2013

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Less time prospecting on the Internet and more time servicing my past and present customers.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
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Follow Trulia? Then, again, when I started, the Apple II was in production.
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Good "thought provoking" question. When I first became a Real Estate agent I pledged to myself to treat EACH customer with respect .... as I would like to be CARE....and to do EVERYTHING I could to make EACH transaction a WIN....WIN for all ALWAYS protect the seller from those who choose to act carelessly and to treat EVERY buyer like "GOLD".
I also pledged to keep my family respect my husband's and children's needs and time. treat my family with the same respect as my customers.....maybe....a bit more. I pledged to consider the buyer,... the seller....the TRANSACTION... as if it was the only one in the be creative when issues would be part of the SOLUTION.....NOT ....part of the PROBLEM.Perhaps just as important as all the NEVER think of the Money to be made for the transaction.....But.....Just make sure I used my time, knowledge, and ability to make sure each transaction would be handled honestly, fairly, and FOR the buyers and sellers.....knowing that in doing this return....I would be compensated.....
Donna Delegal "The Real Estate Lady" Oceanside Real Estate (904)732-PACK 732-7225
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You keep the hope in our profession.
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Take more vacations. I like Carmen's answer. The satisfaction of work is the salve for a long day.

Best regards,
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I'm not afraid to pass up a client (buyer or listing) that isn't a good one.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 1, 2013
I network more and look to other marketing services.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 1, 2013
I found out very early on that I needed to be where the buyers are--and 92% plus of them are on the internet. So my focus today is heavily weighted toward being highly visible in the places that matter--most especially the internet.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 31, 2013
After a few years of experience under you belt...
You find out exactly what works and what does not...
Prospecting works... talking with 20 People each and every day is the key that opens up business...
For Buyers.... pre Qual is a must!
The area that I wish was a little better is the internet... Has not given me much luck after all the amount of time working on it...
In any case... everyone is different and the amount of answers to this question are endless...
You just have to work and work and then... out of now where... you seem to just get lucky... ( but its all that hard work that finally pays off )
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Balance. It took some doing, but I was in serious need of balance in my life. I felt like I needed to be available at all hours for my clients even at the dismay of my family.

I still have small issues with that because I know how panicked buyers and sellers can get and their problems don't usually happen between 9-5. However, I have learned that most things are not emergencies and if I take a deep breath, we can work it out.

I've learned to say no and not feel guilty about it.

My clients still love me and so does my family.
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Pre-qualify buyers.
Say NO to showing rental property.
Be even more honest with buyers...even when they don't want to hear it.
Making the sale is secondary to my reputation, will give buyer all relevant info even if it means having to move on and looking at more properties.

Antonelli Realty
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I use better technology and don't trust my clients integrity anymore. I used to think people knew what their homes worth but owners and dumber than anything with their emotional attachment. I was going to list 220 University and they want in the 500's when its really tops 425 probably in the 3's. It needed major renovations, and was possibly sloped in the foundation with horrible association fees, poor management, and there appeared to be theft on the board of the townhomes because big money was going into the pot but nothing was coming out of it, the entrance was filthy, besides the back door view and the size it was an eye soar. I did not want to list too high and the owners are blinded and wanted to list in the 5's. Its hard to want to work with a stupid seller, so now I treat them as an enemy trying to with hold my commission through their own greed and stupidity.
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I don't work towards a win-win transaction anymore. The seller and I will do just enough to keep a buyer in the transaction - no more. If the buyer's agent wants a "win", they can work for it themselves. Not my problem as long as the transaction goes through.
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I don't worry about the competition. Just put your nose to the grindstone and work as hard as possible.
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most agents today ensure the buyers are qualified for the homes they wish to view. This saves time, effort and confusion; ensuring the buyer is looking at the right properties.
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