I do take the time to fill out all the surveys I receive, for example I showed 40 homes since Friday and now my in box is bogged down by a plethera of feedback requests. I dont think it makes a difference what or which company you use but think picking up the phone is the best way to gather real, live feedback plus establish a relationship with the other agent.
Best of luck.
Don't pay for these surveys...they really don't help, in my opinion.
Actually, you have identified what makes these surveys WORTHLESS!
The overwhelming intent, as you pointed out, is to get other agents to state the home is overpriced. PERIOD!
You do not need other agents to state that. Your market research reflected and your projection of the market response (absolute silence) has become a reality. Do you really need another agent, who most sellers realize are in cahoots (is that a real word?), to make your case? What you need to do is state firmly, "Now is the time to go to step 2 if you plan to be in Minot before we go over the cliff."
Then there's the 5 question survey that arrives in the inbox the moment you schedule the visit. These boiler plate surveys are of no value to anyone, except to make the seller believe their agent is doing something useful.
Now the agent that calls me for buyer feedback IS looking for something meaningful. The agent that sends a survey that actually reflects the home I visited is useful also.
My suggestion is to create a thoughtful, meaningful survey that makes sense in the context of the subject property. The underlying intent is to identify if the seller can incentive a buyer by removing any obstacles that created the buyer to pause. This data must originate from the buyer, NOT the real estate agent. As professionals we can identify if paying closing costs, buying down points, 25 skids of sod, or new flooring can be a motivator for a buyer.
I have found that when scheduling a showing that informing the showing agent I will call them for their 'buyers' feedback to be very effective. This usually results in the showing agent calling me as they are returning to the car. This has enforced in my mind that agents do want to be helpful. However, an agents time is valuable and those robotic requests for feedback are both a waste of time as well as a waste of cyberspace.
Buyers always believe prices are too high. Sellers believe they are giving away their home. What purpose will a 'pricing' question serve? If you MUST pursue this question, it should be stated as, "How much would you be willing to pay for this home?"
Now, you've got some real magic to work with. Think about that.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group,
Palm Harbor, FL
Since the 4G and texting became VERY Popular .... its easy to pass along the feedback verbatim from showing agent.
All the Best and Enjoy the Holidays!
In your situation, I would personally call the agents that show and follow up with an email, get it in writing that way you can share the "overpriced" feedback with the sellers. When I take a listing, and I believe we are on the high side of comps, I tell them that and then share the feedback so they can see it is not just my opinion but actual fact, supported by other agents. Agents tend to be brutally honest with feedback, and you can simply forward the email to your client. As an agent they "should" know better. Even banks with the REO listings have figured it out, if they do not sell the first 30 days, they will typically lower the price.
Best of luck with your listings.
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