Of course not all realtors are lazy. There are also many very good hard working sincere dedicated realtors that love what they do and know what they are doing. Look at a listing itself. the details. the discription, the images, and the over all information that has been entered. The listing will tell you immediately the difference between a good realtor and a bad one. As with any profession you have to find the the good ones and avoid the bad ones. I am one of those good ones by the way.... :)
When I obtain a rental listing for example , I treat that listing as if it was as valuable as a sale listing no matter how expensive or inexpensive the transaction be. I fill in all the information required in the data-in-put-fields for the MLS. The main diffrenece between a lazy realtor and a good one is that for the good ones, Real Estate is not only a way to make money but first of all a profession.
Charles Rutenberg Realty
As others mentioned, I also couldn't agree more. Beyond Lazy!!!! 95% of them I've ever encountered.
It's not just a Florida thing, I live in CT.
I can't even get one to return a call on their OWN LISTING. Even if the house was under contract you'd think they might call back to follow up on a lead of: SOMEONE BUYING A HOUSE!
Once I looked at a 1.4m dollar home. The realtor brought he grandson who decided to pull the toilet paper from the to roll in the bathroom to 4 other rooms in the home. So she kicks it all back into the bathroom as we left (Leaving it there)!
Most are SO useless! I now sell my own homes-
The purpose of the listing agent is to find the right buyer who will pay the highest price with the best terms for the clients property. The strategy to achieve that is agreed to by the listing agent and the seller. You do not know what was agreed to during that meeting. However, your statement assumes you know.
Many agents have created strategic mechanisms to sort out the chain jerkers, tire kickers and completely unqualified, because the buyer agent is not doing their job. Why are the buyer agents not thoroughly vetting their buyers. This is essential for everyone involved. It is the job of the buyer agent and essential to how WE ALL make money.
My greater problem is buyers agents who have no control of their clients. Just last evening, the agent calls to advise me the buyer 'disappeared' just minutes before the appointed showing. That missed appointment cost $350, plus what ever the buyer agent time was worth. 24 hour notice required, and still the buyer agent DROPPED THE BALL.
One could find benefit in understanding that if you want to find a more efficient/easier way to do something, put a lazy person on the job. They will find a way to make it easier...and instantly become GENIUS! Some agents may realize that unless it is on paper, it's not real. If your buyer is serious, put it on paper. Then we can talk, Short of that, one volunteers to have their time wasted.
The truth lies neither in the 'lazy' accusation of the question or the 'dropped the ball' aspect of my experience, but does exist in the very fabric of what makes real estate such a exciting business, the agility to create the business model most appropriate for the service provided and fees encountered.
These business models do not match across the industry. Because one model differs from another, does not make it wrong or even a disservice to the buyer or seller. They are only different. Unless you were at the table when the listing agreement was signed, you don't know what the expectation of the seller is or what the seller even expects. YOU DO NOT KNOW.
It is these differences that make the reliance on a professional essential. And, it should be a cause for celebration since this is the result of the demand by buyers and sellers for more options in regards to providing solutions to their real estate concerns.
If it were easy, anyone could do it. That is why there are pros. And PRO's do get the job done!
Best of success to you.