Your Professional Services Plan Should Include a Realtor

Posted by Tim Parker on Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 8:49am.    992 Views

Having a Professional Services Plan is One of Life's Necessities

When my phone rang I answered it.  My phone showed that the incoming call was from a close family member so I had expectations of a casual conversation:

    "Hey man, what's up?"

Shock occurs when the mind shuts the body down due to an unexpected circumstance.  The voice on the other end of the line, "Tim, this is Sargeant Smith of the Sherrif's Department.  It is important that you meet me at 123 Main Street as soon as you can." 

Every human being is forced to deal with situations that are beyond their individual control.  I did get to Main Street.  I believe that I handled my personal situation very well, but as I look back on it I realize that I was completely at the mercy of the professional people who were on site to handle everything.  There is no way that I could have seen to the myriad of details that had to be addressed.  I answered questions and they all took care of everything else.  There was no planning on my part.  It never occurred to me to educate myself on the processes and procedures for such a situation or to have on call a professional of my choosing just in case.  I am very thankful to those who took care of business that night, but I wonder how easier it might have been if I had a relationship with someone "in the business" who could have helped me.

Professionals Have Specific Knowledge Beyond What is Common

There are many things that can happen during your lifetime.  We are all equipped to deal with the most important things because we are involved in them constantly.  It is the once-in-a-lifetime events that we may not be ready for.  These are the times that professional help is useful.  Someone who we can trust to guide us through unfamiliar ordeals, transactions, and processes.  Someone who has our best interests in mind with every decision that has to be made.  It is unfortunate that most of us do not have a contact list pre-made to use when these life events occur.

Lawyer, Insurance Agent, Real Estate Agent, Undertaker, Doctor, Dentist, Printer, Golf Pro, Stock Broker, Veterinarian, Arborist, Contractor, Plumber, Electrician, Home-Owners Association Representative, Auto Mechanic, Travel Agent, Caterer, Fitness Instructor, Childcare Provider, Chiropractor, Mixologist, Landscaper, Painter, DeeJay, Engineer, are some of the professions of which you can choose someone to create a relationship with, at no cost, so when you do need their services, they already know you and are ready to give you their best.  This is also a list of the professions that people most often get stuck with whoever gets to them first when a need arises.

Take Time to Choose Your Professionals Before You Need Them

Who do you give your best effort to help?  Is it the person whom you are doing your job for or is it a friend?

Everyone wants to know that they are getting the best effort from those they hire.  If you take the time now to choose which professionals you want to help you, should you ever need it, then you can develop a relationship that will further assure that a best effort is put forth when you call for it.  

Start your list today.  I have one and will happily introduce you to everyone on my list because I know that they are the professionals in each endeavor who will do the best job for me and my friends.  Contact me at any time and I'll set you up. 

Tim Parker
Call me  (614) 551-7341
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4 Responses to "Your Professional Services Plan Should Include a Realtor"

Diane Goodwin wrote: Tim, so well said. A Realtor has a job to do , just like every one else does. Sometimes we are all guilty of not realizing how important it is to have a "go to" person to help guide us through times when we really just don't have the answers. The Realtors that I know do much more than sticking a sign up in a yard. It is important not to forget that. Thanks TIm

Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 at 1:50pm.

Greg Hancock wrote: Awesome read there Tim,

I'm reminded of when Walmart changed my oil and they put the wrong fluids in the wrong places and destroyed my car. I couldn't get anywhere with the manager, so I hired a professional (a lawyer and trusted friend) and got satisfaction in the end. Too, when it comes to buying and selling, I've seen buyers get hurt on a FSBO transaction with no recourse and seller's who got their credit, house and peace of mind damaged for working with unqualified buyers with no professional Realtor expediting a proper transaction. Yep, work with a reputable professional always.

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 4:18pm.

Alan M wrote: ok tim, here's a question, I had a "good" realtor, but the appraiser really undervalued the property, and we've lived in the area forever and have been shopping with a few different agents. our current agent did the comparative report "CMA" I believe you'd call it and the price was right. don't buyers have any recourse against stupid incompetent appraisers? I asked our current agent and she said we had no control over it whatsoever, and now we have to start over.

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 4:57pm.

Tim Parker wrote: Alan: it is unfortunate that you are "starting over" I can imagine your frustration. A good real estate agent can be a lifesaver when it comes to keeping you aware of all of the possible pitfalls that occur throughout a real estate sales contract's life cycle. One of these is not having the home appraise, or be appraised at a value equal to or greater than the contract amount. When this happens you should be made aware of your options which include all kinds of things from hiring an attorney, filing a complaint with the State, re-negotiating the contract, or having a secondary appraisal done and filing it with the lender.
I do not know the specifics of your situation but I do encourage you to keep your faith in Realtors and get that house sold!

Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 12:18pm.

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