Old Town Florence and the historic Siuslaw River Bridge

Old Town Florence and the historic Siuslaw River Bridge

Monday, December 28, 2009

Real Estate Isn't Brain Surgery

When my MD referred me to a neurosurgeon to check out an MRI of my cervical spine, I asked around and met with two top surgeons. Both were well credentialed. One expressed some urgency and displayed a high level of confidence and competence in her skills. The fact that she performed several of these procedures each week encouraged me to move forward. I was pleased with my choice.

The National Association of Realtors havejust released their2009 annual survey of buyers and sellers. They reported that 67% of the respondents said they hired the first Realtor they met. I guess they assumed all Realtors are equally qualified to meet their unique needs. This could not be further from the truth. There are 81 Realtor members in the Central Oregon Coast Board of Realtors. Some are just beginning their real estate careers, others have been around a long time. Are they all the same, equally qualified, and knowledgeable enough to handle your unique situation. Heavens no. We are all different. Here are a few questions to ask your prospective Realtor before making that choice.

1. How long have you been in the business?
2. Are you a full time Realtor?
3. What is your areas of specialty?
4. Can you refer me to another Realtor who is knowledgeable in a particular area?
5. What professional designations have you earned?
6. How many hours of continuing education do you average per year?
7. What professional activities are you involved with?
8. What is your prior career experience and how does it relate to real estate?

Oh yes, once you have chosen, stick with them. If you want their full attention, be prepared to give them your loyalty. If things don't work out, at least terminate the professional side of the relationship but remain friends forever.

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