Why You'll Want Me to Call...
So you're just in the information gathering stage of hunting for a home. You may not even be sure you want to buy a home this year! Your credit score may even be "a little dodgy" right now. Whatever the reason, you don't want to be bugged by some pesky "salesperson" looking to make a quick buck. Do you?
I loathe being pushed. I loathe being hounded. I especially loathe being harassed into making a decision – especially when I'm not ready! It's just plain rude. And it screams that that pushy salesperson isn't even listening to me nor are they working in my best interests. If they're not listening to me now, do you think they'll be listening to me later when it may be crucial?
I'll make you a deal right up front: I'll be fair and honest with you, if you're fair and honest with me. If you tell me exactly why you want the information that you're requesting and how quickly you need it, I'll give you that information -- whatever the reason.
- Tell me where you are in the process of buying or selling...
- Tell me why you're "just looking"...
- Tell me you're a neighbour and were just wondering what the house is selling for or what it actually sold for.
I'm happy to give you the information – without the games.
Why? Because among other things, I'm a real estate professional. I'm not a pushy salesperson with dollar signs clouding my vision. In fact, in Alberta, real estate agents are no longer permitted to call themselves "salespersons" because when they work with a Buyer as a client, they aren't selling anything. They are the Buyer's advocate. The agent has as much duty to help you buy a home that you love, as they do to tell you not to buy a home that won't serve your needs.
I'm in the business of helping people with their real estate needs. I provide valuable information. I do it ethically and in a responsible manner. I help them... Find their way home!
A good real estate agent is also a good business person and since they're in business to earn a living, they realize there must be an investment – the information – for a long-term gain – your trust – and ultimately, if they've performed well for you, a return on that investment – a sale or a personal referral to someone who does buy or sell a home through them.
What a really good real estate agent will ask for in return:
- Your honesty – If they know exactly why you're asking, then they can provide you with the most accurate information both now and in the future should the need arise. They also won't be wasting their time searching for properties that you have no intention of buying. If you want to see property listings, feel free to sign up for a listing notification or have your agent do it for you. Just know that once it's set up, it will be automatically generated by our MLS® System rather than being hand picked or personally filtered by the agent. This way your agent can spend their time more effectively and serve the needs of those who require immediate assistance. Then when you're ready, they can focus their attention on you.
- Your patience – A good real estate agent is in high demand. In fact a typical agent in today's market only does 5 or 6 real estate transactions each year. As a detail-oriented workaholic, my target is just 20 transactions each year - but I could easily do more! As they say, "If you want a job done well, ask a busy person to do it." So, if you don't need the information right this minute, please let your agent know so they can prioritize your needs with the needs of their other customers and clients who may need an immediate response. It just may take a few hours or perhaps a day or two.
- Your word – If in the future, when you decide to buy or sell a home or property -- and assuming that they've provided you with superb service (not just good enough) -- please allow them the opportunity to work with you. At the very least, listen to why and how they'll work so hard for you in the buying or selling of property. They'd also appreciate that you'd refer your friends, neighbours and colleagues to them who might be considering buying or selling a homes or investment properties.
You want me to call you because that's exactly how the right agent can help you. No judgments, no pretenses, no "bait and switch", and no games.
Note: If you've used a real estate agent in the past and you were completely overjoyed with their service, then ideally they should be the one giving you the information you're seeking. If you currently don't have a real estate agent that you can count on, feel free to contact me and continue to use my websites.