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A Real Estate Agent isn't a "BIG BOX STORE"

I suppose you have heard the old maxim " all real estate is local". Well, the

 same goes for your Real Estate Agent. They are local people  who live  in

your community. They work in your community. They send their kids to the

 same schools your kids go to. They volunteer, they go to church. They

 probably know your community better than anybody.  I always joked that

I could get a job as a taxi driver in my retirement, I know the streets

and locales of Grand Rapids so well. 

                           taxi cab

I want you to realize that the BIG BOX STORE concept doesn't work at the

 hyper-local level.  The national real estate web sites like Trulia and Zillow

are not local experts.  In fact Zillow's Zestimates are frequently far off base

and they are old information.  These sites don't try to come into your city and

 set up shop. They offer agents and real estate companies that are already

 established free enticements. WHY?? Because the local Realtor knows the area,

the prices, the schools, the local builders, and the local neighborhoods.

They know their business.

 

                                     handing over the keys

Real Estate Agents are one of the only sectors of the economy left

 that is paid on commission only.  This means your real estate agent is an

independent contractor.  He doesn't get paid when he gets that listing that

he competed with 3 other agents to list. 

 He/she doesn't get paid when he holds open houses. He doesn't get

reimbursed for ads, photos, signs, or business expenses.  Nobody pays

him to show homes or blog about local real estate information.

 

He/she only gets paid when your home closes.  When everything is finalized

and every detail has been checked off.

 

So next time you need a real estate expert:

Will you list your home yourself on a paid website?

Will you list your home, your biggest investment, with your cousin's boyfriend?

Will you call the local Realtor who is the expert in your neighborhood ? 

The same guy who buys his groceries from your store, gets his

plumbing repaired by your company, gets his car fixed at your shop?

 

Real Estate is Local. Call a Local Realtor

 

Grand Rapids Ada Real Estate ~ Westbrook Realty

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Comment balloon 16 commentsTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • February 28 2009 10:51AM
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