What Makes A Great Real Estate Agent?
The first answer I got to this question was: communication! Many real estate agents don’t take the time to call back or listen properly to what their clients want. As for those real estate agents who are great communicators, who do return calls and stay in regular contact, their efforts inevitable pay off. The result is not only a signed contract but also gushing referrals to friends, family and colleagues! At the opposite end of the spectrum are the agents who never seem to be reachable or bother to get back to clients. I don’t need to tell you what the result there is!
I Told My Real Estate Agent I Needed Time!
Patience is something that comes up surprisingly often. Patience and real estate agents – how does that work? Mostly it’s the ability to understand that sometimes people aren’t ready to buy the first house they’re shown! I hear a lot about real estate agents who get frustrated after showing three or four properties because their clients still aren’t sure and want to see more. Buying a house is a big deal; it’s not like getting a sweater – you can’t just return it if it doesn’t fit!
A knowledgeable real estate agent is a BIG one on the wish list! The obvious question is: aren’t all real estate agents knowledgeable? The answer: not always. By knowledgeable, I mean understanding the market, knowing the trends and being able to advise accordingly. I’m not a real estate agent – I have no idea about the housing market except for what I see on CNN! I’m relying on my real estate agent to guide me.
Did Your Real Estate Agent Actually Do What They Promised?
Surprisingly, follow-up ranked pretty highly on the list as well. A lot of people experienced very good initial conversations with their real estate agents. They came across as professional, knowledgeable and very eager to please. Unfortunately, there was no follow-up or follow through afterwards. Once again, there was very high praise for the real estate agents who did follow-up!
The last of the top points was honesty – a real estate agent should be honest. But what does that mean exactly? Honesty was defined as keeping the clients’ interests as the top priority and getting them the best deal possible. If that means a lower commission or more time taken to close a deal, then so be it.
These are just a few things people felt made a great real estate agent. What qualities would YOU like to see in your real estate agent? Simply join the Sundaybell community and find out!
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