Wednesday, August 17, 2011
So you have a friend who is a Realtor and you want to sell your home.
So you have a friend who is a Realtor and you are looking to sell your home. I strongly encourage you to work with an agent because of what we can do for you not because of who we are. I have had many opportunities to pick up listings from sellers who have been working "with a friend" to sell their home only to find out that the friend did not work too hard to sell the home and seemed to believe they were doing a favour for the seller instead of doing their job.
It is a frustrating experience and often an expensive one for everybody. For the agent who feels they are 'just helping out' there is usually a monetary loss because they feel obligated to give their friends a break on the commission. This obligation often makes the agent feel as if they don't need to work as hard since they are not getting paid what they feel they 'deserve.' They also tend to act less professional and simply laugh off mistakes as "my bad's." This is very annoying to the sellers who believes their friend should be working 'harder' for them since they are such good friends! The seller may end up with a deal on the commissions but often ends up losing money due to poor Realtor performance and extended time on the market. All in all the deal suffers AND the friendship suffers….mixing business and pleasure if frowned upon by most business savvy individuals. Think hard before you make your friend your employee. Ask yourself 'what will they do to get the job done properly?' and remember it is more then your friendship on the line it is your money, your piece of mind and your life!
If you or someone you know is thinking of selling their home please have a look at what my partner and I do to sell our listings. You will be surprised and impressed by the comprehensive menu of services we provide to get the job done. Good luck!