What Do Real Estate Agents Do?
The day in the life of a good real estate agent is chaotic at best, and most people who are in the market to buy a home or sell a home do not consider the consequences of choosing a well trained and organized real estate agent until it is too late.
And just so you think this is not some simplified marketing hype (after all, I do want to get our Tallahassee real estate consumers to work with the Joe Manausa Real Estate Company), consider the results of the Chase Bank Survey which showed that more than 80% of homebuyers are unhappy with the home they purchased.
Now, rather than make this a list of things that they wish had been better, I figure it could be very insightful for our readers to understand why real estate agents end up with buyers who are ultimately unhappy (or at least not fully satisfied).
What Most Real Estate Agents Do
More than 800 people who had recently purchased a home were surveyed, and nearly all of them reported significant deficiencies for which they wish they had been better prepared.
Most real estate agents (literally 99+%) operate as independent contractors, and that means they are responsible for their own actions and activities all day long.
It is the single greatest reason why people become real estate agents, it's the freedom to work their own schedule ... to come and go as they please.
Unfortunately, this free of action bears the double-edge blade of the freedom to fail, and more than 90% of the real estate agents in the country earn below the poverty level. Why? Because they have the freedom to "not work," and they stay actively engaged in that pursuit.
But what about the top 10%? What about that group of hard-working real estate agents who get a healthy portion of the homes sold. What does their busy schedule look like?
Sadly, these hard working folks look like the boy in the picture at the right, spending much of their day "herding cats."
And it's not their fault. The industry has evolved to where most real estate companies are really just real estate agent recruiting organizations, meaning they believe "the customer" is the real estate agent, not YOU, the person selling a home or buying a home.
Thus the real estate agent is responsible for everything that you need. They must establish the relationship with you, follow-up with you, answer your questions whether you are closing on a home sale tomorrow or just asking innocent questions 8 months prior to writing an offer. They must show homes, organize inspections, negotiate contracts that close, negotiate contracts that do not close, attend training events, prepare market materials, post marketing and advertising pieces, and the list goes on and on. For most agents, it is like herding cats.
Why Work WIth A Real Estate Agent?
At Joe Manausa Real Estate Company, we ask "why work with an agent when you can hire an entire real estate company?"
Do you really want to be one of the agent's cats? Or would you like a highly skilled group of real estate professionals working together to ensure that you get a great deal and have a pleasant experience when you sell a home or buy a home (or both)?
Take the time to speak with one of our Realtors to see how you can be part of the small group of satisfied consumers who have bought or sold a home and are 100% thrilled with both the experience and the outcome. Want to know more? Just drop me a note and we'll get started on your happy real estate experience.
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