Those who rely on video tours and a 3,411 images of the pool and kitchen are not on their game. It is my New Years wish that all Pinellas County real estate agents rely on these tools. :)
Two important things happen when you meet the listing agent at the property.
#1. You are there. This house becomes part of your working inventory, NOT an MLS printout.
#2. You pick up options in your discussion with the agent.
#3. The opportunity to calibrate our perception of seller expectation with buyer expectation.
I see every property. I know what it smells like. If there is a 'WOW" factor, it will be presented to it's highest value. And because of #2 above, I know the options available to my buyer, to remove the purchase obstacles that may be present.
Besides, who doesn't like to re-connect with the agents who are still in the business and let them buy you lunch?
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Palm Harbor, FL
I also think that staying involved in the community helps keep agents on track. It is just too easy to sit in front of a computer all day and think that you are keeping up with the market. You still have got to get out and beat the bushes and this is one way to do that. You never know who you will run into, a nosy neighbor, someone working in the area, etc.
During our office meetings, we have "Virtual Tours" of our new listings. These Virtual Tours consist of a number of professional photographs on a screen accompanied by a commentary of amenities and features of the property by the listing agent.
Seems that in our busy schedules the first event to get deleted out of the calendar is the office tour.
Further, video tours and the option of having something like 36 photos posted on my MLS gives me a very good idea of the attributes of a property and whether it will work or not work for specific clients. And, it is possible for me to preview properties should I have the need or want.