Lima Real Estate Agents Seem Close Minded
Every Real Estate Agent in Lima, Ohio is licensed to practice real estate. Most agents are also members of the National Association of Realtors. All of the real estate agents who practice their profession in the Greater Lima area seem to do so with aplomb. I have found, however, that many agents around here have no idea of how business is done anywhere else in the State of Ohio. They seem to be happily oblivious to the many ways that different areas and larger brokerages in Ohio handle the business of real estate transactions. What bothers me is that the agents who do the most business in this part of the state demand that business be done the same way that they have been doing things and are close minded to change.
One example of this can be found in the way that agents handle showings. The majority of Realtors, especially those who have never been outside of Lima, still have all showings scheduled directly with them. You, as a buyers' representative, are expected to call the listing agent directly, leave a message, and wait. Usually you will get a positive response after a day or so and multiple messages. Recently a company from a larger city gained some listings in our area. Their properties were all to have showings scheduled through a "Showing Desk" company. The complaints that I heard through the grapevine were numerous. I heard such things that may me actually start to believe that the listing agents were lazy, the showing desk verification procedures were outrageous, and that these properties would never be shown because of such a process. This kind of thinking wasn't coming from just one agent, but from many. It really got me to wondering just what kind of comments were being made about me and my company behind our backs.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty, Badmouthed?
Within my short history of listening to the words withing the grapevine of real estate agent rumors, I have discovered that all things different get talked about, usually with negative connotations. This makes me really wonder about how our company is talked about. We do not operate outside of the laws, rules, and regulations of the State of Ohio, the National Association of Realtors, or any of the Boards of Realtors, but we do operate above the basic requirements of these. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty (BHHS Pro) has set a base business culture that puts our means and methods of working with clients not just above other local brokerages but far above. There is no doubt that people will be talking about us and the innovative and personal way that we handle the business of real estate. It is only natural that real estate agents who have yet to upgrade their practices since the 1970's will have a problem with our technology, advertising, marketing, branding, communication methods, website development, community involvement, personal commitments, client satisfaction demands, and more. Let them talk.
Most of the public has no idea of how different brokerages offer the same overall service in different manners. It is important, and free, to research companies and agents before you decide which one is to help you with one of the biggest financial decisions of your life. Checking things out on your own is fine, but the real differences become obvious when you take a moment to meet with agents from different companies. No real estate agent will charge you anything to sit down and discuss your particular real estate situation. You get to decide as to what is important to you and as to which agent might best meet your needs. Don't donate thousands of your dollars to a real estate agent who just happens to have survived the 1980's. Take some time to make the right decision.
Let me know if you need any help scheduling appointments with real estate agents, or coming up with questions to ask.