If you needed heart surgery, would you go to a part time cardiologist? It's the same way with listing real estate.Your real estate sale, your property. It is not a game you try your hand at to hit or miss the target with quarters. It's not child's play, a kid's game.
The stakes are large. You need a full time broker at the helm, guiding the entire process. Not just the listing interview and front end paperwork.
Real estate without a safety net...full time effort and trust in your skills to get the property on the market, noticed, sold. And all the other in between steps along the way to avoid the seller getting sued. To smooth the wrinkles out of the myriad of issues that can crop up. Problems, delays, derailments with the buyer, bank, attorneys leading up to the closing. It's nice to say you are a real estate agent, broker and passed the test. But that is only the ticket to the show you have not entered yet.
But you can argue, the new agent needs to make his monthly over head at home. He needs those three other part time jobs to survive. True. But do you want an agent who is AWOL, a secret agent that vanishes...is just not in the loop? Especially in smaller rural markets where there is not a big machine to load the listing in one end, to come out pre-packaged at the other of the property conveyor belt. Especially when a buyer calls and really really wants to talk to the listing agent who had not been in the office or checked in for three weeks. Or is retired, kinda sorta for the third time, and off in the sunny south for the winter. He snagged the listing, never really intending to be on board to actually show and sell it.
Someone else can do it..but the seller thought you the agent, broker were the lead reindeer, the Rudolph always attached out front of the property sleigh.It is refreshing when the question comes over the phone..or on line "Have you actually seen the property? Do you know the answers to this, this and this question" as the yellow legal pad on the other end is introduced in to the conversation. When you can say yes sir, I took those 40 images you saw in that last email. Shot, edited, posted that live video at the property with the seller interview weaved in to the background. I wrote that blog on living in Maine you saw, that prompted this phone call, email. Or visit.
The listing agent that knows the seller's plans, the configuration of the home inside and out. The only guy that has actually been to the property and wrote copy pertaining to the property, not a generic office gal created version that fits any property. Knows the lay of the land, waterfront acreage, hobby or working farm, corner grocery store, etc that made the phone ring in the first place. That started this whole production. And he is always available..not punching the time clock on this job and then on to another one...both that are not real estate related. No calls back in a few days if at all.
You don't want to wait in line if you are the buyer, the seller right? You don't have to when the full time agent, broker is working full out, 24/7 on your property sale or purchase. Real estate is a jealous master. And like love, it wants all of you. And should be an olympic sport for the gold, silver, bronze..not a pick up game for fun. No one wants to take a number, have a seat and be put off. We live in America, land of drive thru everything and needed it not now, right now last time I checked.Maine, it's one big place and we're here to guide the process of getting real estate here, owning property here.