Although, there are numerous advantages, to hiring the best real estate agent, to represent your needs, and goals, whether, you are selling or buying a home, be careful, to hire someone, who, consistently, keeps the REAL, in this activity! After, over 15 years, as a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, and, representing, both, sellers and buyers, I strongly believe, the Code of Ethics, must be, not only a philosophical, guiding document, but, treated, as a necessity, by any responsible agent. Before hiring anyone, have an in – depth, discussion, focused on, determining the specific individual’s quality of character! Since, for most people, the value of a house, represents their single – biggest, financial asset, doesn’t it make sense, to do, everything, possible, to be, both, informed, as well as prepared, regarding, anything, relevant, and related to this process? With, that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means, and represents, and why it matters.
1. Realistic; relevant; responsive/ responsible; related: How can an agent serve your best interests, if he isn’t realistic, and offers, pie – in – the – sky, promises, to attract your business, when relevant, accurate, true statements and information, are needed? The finest, real estate professionals proceed, consistently, in a responsive way, which is responsible to you (as their client), while being, thoroughly, absolutely, ethical! Knowing how your house, is related, and comparable, to others, is an essential, necessary ingredient, in this process!
2. Empathy; emphasis; excellence; endure; efforts; ethics: Without high ethics, the client isn’t properly served and represented! Great agents proceed with genuine empathy, and place their emphasis, accordingly, in order to be able to address one’s clients perceptions, needs, goals, and priorities! Avoid anyone, satisfied, with, merely, good – enough, and/ or, the same – old, same – old, but hire someone, who demands his utmost degree of personal excellence, consistently! This individual needs the endurance, and persistence, to stick – with – it, to ensure his efforts, focus on his client’s best interests!
3. Attitude; aptitude; attention; actions; articulate; astute: When you hire, someone, with a positive, can – do, attitude, and a well – developed, relevant aptitude, and skill – set, who pays keen attention, to everything, related to the process, his actions, generally, are more beneficial, to your priorities, etc! Consider the overall, as well as specific message, one articulates, and what it indicates, about the individual, and how he might represent you!
4. Listen; learn; limits; lessons: Great representation requires effectively, listening, and learning, constantly, and consistently! He must, realistically, inform his client, the true limits, in order to proceed, on the same – page! When agents teach those, they represent, these lessons, are extremely valuable, important, and essential!
Keep it REAL, when you hire the best agent, to represent your real estate interests, etc! Will you proceed, wisely, and carefully, to achieve the best results?