Why Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent Is Critical

Why choosing the right real estate agent is critical

Whether you have decided to sell your current home, or if you are in the market for your dream house, it is essential to find the right real estate agent to help you. The question then becomes, “How do you choose?” Continue reading

6 Red Flags to Look for When Choosing a Real Estate Agent

As you start your search for a real estate agent, there are six red flags you’ll want to keep in mind. If any of these pop up, they are not right for you.

The digital age has made it easier to take a hands-on, DIY approach to just about everything these days. You can simply go online to look up what you need and you’ll come across a wealth of information on any subject matter you can think to investigate. When it comes to real estate, the Internet is often the first stop for buyers and sellers alike who are looking to move into a new home. Continue reading

8 Important Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor

how do you find that needle in a haystack? Ask the right questions and you'll find out everything you need to know about a potential candidate.

Finding the right real estate agent can be a real challenge. There are plenty to choose from as it seems everyone is a real estate agent these days, but getting the one who will work hard and get you the best deal possible isn’t always so obvious. Realtors are your teammate in this game we call the housing market and you’re hiring an individual to provide you with their expertise, advice, and unquenchable zeal to find an amazing deal that keeps more money in your pocket on a sale or purchase. Continue reading

Top 10 Signs You Hired The Wrong Real Estate Agent

Image created by Stuart Miles, provided by freedigitalphotos.net

You’re home has been listed for months and no one’s interested in it.  Is it a problem with the house, the housing market, or your neighborhood?  Possibly, but it could also be your real estate agent’s fault.  The Forbes article, referenced below, focuses on five traits that could point the finger of blame squarely at your real estate agent.  I’ve also added a few more. Continue reading

Real Estate Agents – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

businessman checklistThe Amazing Jonathan, a famous comedian/magician, once said, “There are three types of people in the world, those that can count and those that can’t.”  You may have to read it a couple of times before you catch the joke.  I believe real estate agents can be similarly categorized too.  I rank agents according to the title of a Clint Eastwood western.  I believe there are three types of agents in the world, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  You want the good agent, you should avoid the bad agent and you should live in fear of the ugly agent. Continue reading

Lies Real Estate Agents Tell Homeowners With Expired Listings


In this highly competitive market real estate agents jump on expired listings. So, when your listing expires you can expect a flood of calls from real estate agents eager to win your listing starting the morning your listing expires or gets canceled. Unfortunately, this is going to be a vulnerable time for you because you are probably not happy with the real estate agent you’ve been working with over the past few months and are ready to make a fresh start with a new real estate agent but don’t want to make the same mistake of picking an agent that can not sell your house a second time. Continue reading

Would You Use The Same Real Estate Agent To Sell Your House Again? 80% Said No!

Hired the wrong Realtor

According to the “2009 Profile of Texas Homebuyers and Sellers” study conducted by the Texas Association of Realtors, 8 out of 10 sellers said that they would not use the same agent again to sell their house.  The survey doesn’t mention why sellers wouldn’t use the same agent again, but the Texas Association of Realtors speculates that it could be attributed to sellers no longer living in that agent’s area or that agents do not spend enough effort staying in contact with past clients.  I think there are other reasons the article doesn’t want to admit. Continue reading

Beware of Real Estate Agents That Inflate List Prices To Get Listings

Real estate agents that inflate the listing price to get the listing
A real estate agent that inflates a list price beyond reality just to get the listing is deceptive and may be harmful to the sale of your house.  The deceptive practice of inflating the list price is effective because the client wants to hear that their house is worth a high price.  Bad agents are more than eager to feed into this delusion.  Good agents base their suggested list prices on real conditions so they will be lower than an inflated price.  If you want to get the most for your house, and everybody does, you’d naturally pick the real estate agent with the inflated price.  Now you’re falling victim to the Inflatable Agent’s trap. I see this sort of thing happening all the time.  If all of the real estate agents were honest with their recommended pricing, the list prices should be very similar.  Never use price as a factor for choosing an agent.  Here’s why it will work against you. Continue reading

Part-Time Real Estate Agents… A Career Or Just A Hobby?

Created by Sura Nualpradid courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

A career in real estate can be as flexible or as demanding as you wish. You can also do it in your spare time if you’re looking for a flexible second job. While that may work well for the agent, it doesn’t bode well for the unfortunate homeowner that is paying full price for a part-time service. Part-time agents don’t perform as well as agents that devote their entire careers towards real estate. They simply don’t have the time to devote to selling your house like a full-time agent would. So, when you interview your next real estate agent, make sure that this agent does real estate full-time. If you don’t, your house may sit on the market for a long time. Continue reading