- If you do not trust your Barrington listing Realtor, why did you hire them?
- If you don’t trust your Barrington listing Realtor, what might go wrong?
- If trust is an issue, how are you going to resolve it?
- On what basis is your distrust?
As a Realtor on the other side of a deal, it’s clear at times that the client on the other side does not trust their Barrington listing Realtor. That is not a good sign at all and can make transactions fraught with problems and even stop them before they start! I have an active offer negotiation which is sending signals loud and clear that the seller does not trust his Realtor. It’s making for a sale that may now, not even occur. The seller has hired the Realtor, so all my communications must go through him. So what’s going wrong?
- Are sellers too fast to choose a Realtor?
- Is there enough pre-listing education occurring?
- Is a Realtor hired for the wrong reasons?
Sellers and buyers should take the time to interview Realtors. They should not choose based on a Brokerage name. Just because a Brokerage has a perception of being suitable for their property does not mean the Realtor will do a good job, not at all. Find out about the Realtor you are interviewing, personality and character come into business decisions every single day. Do you feel you can trust them? Consider some careful questions applicable to you, your home, your situation. Selling real estate is not a one size fits all.
Are you being educated. An appointment with a listing agent should at least start this process. Once you choose some-one it should continue. Yes you may know a lot, yes you may have sold homes before, yes you may think you know it all. Believe me, you don’t. Our industry constantly changes, the way each Realtor does things can be vastly different to another, full time Realtor sell homes all year long. Experience counts for a lot in any profession as does level of education in the industry.
Hiring a Realtor for the wrong reasons. Did you spend weeks if not months talking with a Realtor, gaining advice, help, honesty and even a plan and guidance on how to sell? Great, so why then did you hire someone else? Was it the commission rate? Did you even ask the first Realtor if she could help you out with the financial side? Did you consider all that knowledge comes at a premium but actually is beneficial to you? Or did you like the higher price the other Realtor gave, and hence ignored all the data that proves otherwise?
If you Don’t Interview, Accept Education, Hire the Right Realtor For You……………
You may well end up in a situation of distrust! It’s not that we like to preach but often I am astounded at the choices some people make when hiring a listing Realtor. Distrust leads to distaste.
Not every Realtor is right for every job. If you realize you hired the wrong Realtor, see if you can get out of your contract with them.
Ask Questions Before Trusting Your Barrington Listing Realtor
- Do you have an active real estate license? Ask to see it!
- Is real estate your full-time career? If part time how will he deal with issues while he’s at work?
- How long have you been working in the area? Drop anyone that says they work locally but have never sold a property here.
- Do you live in the area? If so, how long? Residents know both real estate and the community well.
- Ask what marketing they will do and how it benefits you. A web site that attracts buyers is a plus.
- Find out any specialties. Are they relevant to your property.
- Put the agent on the spot! Ask a personal question and see what kind of response you get! Assess for any disingenuous answers.
- Ask for a solution. You must have a problem, real or perceived. Ask for the agents solution.