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John Depken, Home Buyer in 07444

Do agent know what they should be providing to potential customers?

Asked by John Depken, 07444 Sat May 9, 2009

Real estate brokers are their own worst enemies !
They list bad info on very little info.
Then are the ego maniac, pompous creaps
who put their picture and past history when we search
for more information on a property. They must think
we are shopping for them rather that a house.
These people would benefit from a business course.
Maybe they will find out that they should be in business
providing a service to a potential customer.
Anytime I find a profile when I am looking for more
information on a property I go to another agent.

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John (the agent): LOL !
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 13, 2010
Colleen posted: "If you see outdated information on any of my listings, just reach out to me."

Great! This is John.. no not the one that you responded to in this thread.. but hey, this question is just over one year old! Happy birthday thread! You seem to be working on outdated information!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 12, 2010
John, you're on the $! I agree and I just wrote a blog about this last week. Real estate training for newbies is all about the "Pick me, pick me" mindset. It's BS in my mind. The public wants info BUT they also do need to see a little about who we are and what we do.

After all, would you want to stumble onto a Realtor who sells 3 homes a year and trust that they know what they're doing? No...interview, ask questions like the following.

1. How many homes a year do you sell?
2. What area's and price range?
3. Are you full time or part time and do you have a team or partner to support you if you're off or on vacation?

It's really important that buyers and sellers know what they are getting into.

There are too many ways for people to get real estate listings not to offer that as the first step, not the "Look at me" advertisement or website!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 16, 2009
Hey John, Did you ever find a Realtor or buy a house?

Just curious..........
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 16, 2009
If you were sick and looking for a doctor would you want to know only about the illness or the doctor's background and success in treating your condition? I think knowing the background and success of your agent is equally important as the one house you want to know about. (there may be a dozen more just as good or even better for you) True enough ,often info is missing or wrong (even worst). There are many many agents, good and bad. There are many many houses for sale, good and bad. You can buy a great house with a bad agent, you may just pay too much or have other problems. You can also buy a bad house with a bad agent (much more likely). With a good agent this is less likely.
I put my picture on my cards web sites etc because it identifies me. When I show a home the seller sees what I look like. I dont know about you but I feel much more comfortable having people in my home who I know or have a picture of. (Realestate licenses in NJ and Pa do not have pictures)
When I buy (just about anything) I want to know that the person selling me knows what they are talking about. So in my profile I mention my experience with underground storage tanks, septic and well, moving houses, GREEN designation ... as well as the large number of satisfied clients and previous sales.
It sounds as if you are not working with an agent and instead opting to do much of the work your self. I respectfully suggest you look at those "pompous creaps" and ask "how can they help me achieve my goals"
Let them get you the information you seek. That is a big part of what a Realtor does.

Kenneth "Ken" Verbeyst CRS GRI ABR SRES GREEN
Broker Associate
Licensed NJ&PA
Prudential Fox&Roach
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 10, 2009

Great post! Your post should be mandatory reading for new Realtors.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 10, 2009
Keith Sorem, Real Estate Pro in Glendale, CA
When you found a house that was of interest, how did you plan to proceed? Were you going to call the listing agent - aka pompous creep? If you think it is bad now, wait until you are in a contract without an agent of your own!!!

Hire an agent you like and let them assist you with gathering property information - your satisfaction level will increase dramatically.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 10, 2009

The real estate world is no different than any other business entity....it's diverse and filled with a variety of personalities and varying view points. Yes, there are good and bad agents as there are good and bad doctors, lawyer, and accountants etc. You enjoy the freedom to select those that meet your needs, share your values, or are attracted to.

You opinon is one that may have some value, however attacking a group in general and using strong language like, ego maniac or creaps,is a reflection on you and places you in a select group..............
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 10, 2009
Obviously John knows what we should be doing more than we do. John, you should write a real estate selling book. You could be the next Mike Ferry instead of just a Trulia troll.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 10, 2009
That can be very true John! Some agents position themselves personally as the product when they should be focusing on describing the level of service to the customer or EXACTLY how they can save the buyer or seller time and especially, money. They'll claim they're "the best" when the consumer is not concerned about claims, but about what benefits THE CONSUMER will reap from using the agent.

It's actually not a bad idea for the consumer to "shop" for an effective agent first, and then the house. The agent you use will be key in how much inventory you actually see (that fits your critieria) and the purchase price and terms that are agreed upon (which should benefit you as much as possible). Perhaps others in your circle of friends or family have made a purchase or sale recently and they can refer you to an agent.

In any case, the best of luck to you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 10, 2009
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