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  •  Perhaps not, but I don't recall ever dealing (1+ / 0-)
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    with an honest one yet (although I don't remember the first one at nineteen years old). I normally work a property deal directly if possible, seldom a need for an expensive middleman.

    "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

    by Bluefin on Thu Oct 06, 2011 at 12:53:05 PM PDT

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    •  well I bought my house without a real estate agent (0+ / 0-)

      My feeling is that real estate is not rocket science and if you're willing to do the work and you understand what you're doing, it's perfectly possible to buy or sell a house on your own.  

      I became an agent, in part because the guy who was supposed to help me buy my house was so incredibly bad at what he did, that I had to fire him.  And I didn't know what I was doing, but a really wonderful agent (the listing agent as it happens) sat me down and explained how to write an offer, how to evaluate a loan product and how to basically get through the process of buying a house - all in about an hour - so that I was able to feel pretty confident about what we were doing.  This, after the first agent confused us so badly I was ready to give up.

      When I decided to go into the business, it was to help people who were scared and confused like I had been, so as to save them from the clutches of the opportunistic agents looking to make a buck but not necessarily work for it.

      When you do this job the right way, you end up being the deal finder, project manager, problem solver, and hand holder in chief, among many other things.  There are so many issues that come up in a real estate transaction that aren't "by the book" and if you really care about helping people make good decisions and get to a better place in their lives through the purchase or sale of a home, then you end up doing a lot of other things besides just the ones you learn about in the licensing classes.  Even just not letting a client give up and "settle" for a house they don't really like because they're tired and frustrated by the process of looking at houses is part of what I consider my job.  I've flat out refused to write an offer on a house at times because I knew my clients were not happy with the house, just tired of the search.  When they found "the one" and were jumping up and down over it, they were very glad I didn't let them settle.

      But you're absolutely right, you don't "need" a real estate agent if you have the skills and the time and the knowledge to do all that yourself.  I am a firm believer that there doesn't need to be anything mystifying about what we do and how we do it.  

      You hear about crazy, but it's rarer than you think. -Jon Stewart 1/10/2011

      by lcork on Thu Oct 06, 2011 at 11:30:10 PM PDT

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