I can't believe i'm even about to write this blog. Hiring help should never have to come with any sort of disclaimer about not getting screwed. Like any other industry, there are some bad apples who seem to give the rest of us a bad name. Like any relationship in life, if there's no trust, it won't work. Alas, I think this needs to be said, and as you've never seen me hold back on anything, here goes.
There seems to be a misunderstanding that we Realtors are just out to make a quick buck off the backs of our clients, take off after closing counting our HUGE COMMISSION CHECKS (Thanks Bravo and HGTV for this nonsense), never talk to them again, and just hit repeat. Far from the case. I don't have enough space to get into the 'what Realtor's do for their clients' discussion, that's for another blog. We are here to protect your best interest. Not only because we ourselves don't get paid until a house closes (which is true), but because we want our name out there as someone you trust and enjoyed the experience with enough to tell everyone.
For the most part, we work off referrals. Whether it's from friends and family who just know us, our partner offices around the world, or from past clients who have enjoyed working with us so much they told people. It's an industry where you need to have a good reputation with the public in order to stay in business. In an age where the loudest voices on the internet are those who simply want to voice displeasure, it's more important than ever before to make sure you're treating EVERYONE like you would your mother.
When it comes to making offers on homes, keep this mind: every $1,000 you purchase is just $30 in our check (before broker splits, taxes, etc.). That's not much. There are some situations where you may need to offer over asking to win a multiple offer war, and as a result, we make a little bit more. It's math. But if we don't think you need to offer that much, we won't advise to. If we recommend going under list price, we are also negotiating a pay cut for ourselves. Frankly, we're fine with that. For me, I would much rather recommend my client not offer full price (if the situation warranted it), take a little less money on this deal, have my client be happy with the experience, and recommend me to all their friends and family. Not only is it good business practices, but by doing the right thing for my client I will end up making more money in the long run.
I'm consistently getting referrals from friends, past clients, and random people on the internet who read my reviews (i'm kind of awesome, by the way). My business is built on customers first. It's the right thing to do.
So if you're in the market to buy a home, Contact Me Today! I can help you get set up with mortgage and insurance people to make sure you're able to buy a home and have the best coverage.
You can also get a copy of my Home Buyers Handbook when buying to learn about the process!