I admit it I think I may have gotten complacent and sometimes in this small town of ours we need to have an agent who does it “different” come in and shake us up a bit. Well it’s been done but I’m still not sure about rocking the boat.
I don’t know about where you are but here the buyers agents don’t present their offers to the sellers we let the listing agents do that. Now I’ve heard it’s done differently elsewhere.
It seems that having the buyers agent present the offer would cut down on some of the issues that can especially arise in small towns. Agents know each other a little to well and do all they can to somehow derail an offer if it’s an agent they don’t like. I’m not saying thats the norm but i have seen it happen.
I can also see the side however, where the sellers don’t want to meet the other agent face to face because it makes them uncomfortable in negotiations. Wouldn’t it also put a face on the buyer which would make negotiating a little more difficult for my seller because they either will like what they hear from the agent or they do not.
I’m a little on the fence about this I can see where it would be a good thing for the buyers agent but maybe a bad thing for the selling agent. I would be interested to hear what your experiences are with presenting offers as a Buyer’s Agent to the seller or if you don’t do it that way either.
I would like to hear what you think the pros and cons are for that situation so I can decide if it’s something I would like to pursue in this small town of mine!.
I must admit I have been browsing the websites trying to come up with a topic to write a blog about today when I came across this quote:
For most of this young century, the real-estate scene was dominated by homeowners trading up, flipping properties or snapping up vacation homes. Bubble-driven prices meant that even “starter homes” were out of reach for younger couples. Brokers and agents shunned first-time buyers because they needed too much hand-holding and, of course, because they weren’t that lucrative — why waste time peddling $150,000 condos when you could make seven times as much money selling a single $1 million McMansion?
It came right off the MSN home page real estate website and it really makes me wonder what kind of impression our clients get of us when the mainstream media so harshly points out that first time home buyers weren’t worth our time a couple years ago.
I don’t know about you but to me a Buyer is a Buyer. Weather you’re spending $10,000 (and yes I have a $12,500 listing of raw land) or $500,000. I have time for you!
You will never get the impression that it’s just not worth my time. Every buyer is important!
I know that some of you will come on here and say well I’m just to busy with other stuff and I can’t make time for small listings or sales. Thats fine, but we can at least refer these people out to other agents and follow the transaction to make sure that are being taken care of like they should. It all comes down to the good basics of business TAKE CARE OF THE CLIENT!
Lastly I’d like to say I’m disappointed that the media chooses to put an opinion out there that disparages us in such a way. But I guess they wouldn’t have gotten that impression if we hadn’t given it to them right?