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Choosing the Right Agent
You have heard all the stories about agents, in fact I was quite disturbed by this ‘Reader’s Digest Trusted Professions List’ and where Real Estate agents sat on that list. Here it is from 2008…
Formerly, I was part of the training team at the REIQ for several years, and in that time I trained real estate agents from the absolute beginning of their career, through to the more experienced agents through my advanced coaching programs.
When my book sold out in its first run, I was absolutely floored and my audio program was the highest selling audio program at the Real Estate Shop in the year of its release.
I have since gone on to author three books, countless audio programs, and delivered over 1000 seminars and training sessions every year since 2003, including just recently having Arnold Schwarzenegger headline our Total Success Summit, the largest and most transformational training Summit for Real Estate Agents. Again, what this means for you is you are finally in safe hands to coach you in the art of choosing a Real Estate agent, what criteria to look for and judge them on, and how to avoid being a statistic or a horror story on ‘A Current Affair’ or ‘Today Tonight.’
So please, take a few minutes and go through this package thoroughly. Again, what this means for you is you are finally in safe hands to coach you in the art of choosing a Real Estate agent, what criteria to look for and judge them on, and how to avoid being a statistic.
This disturbed me greatly, and we saw a need for a resource for you so you know what to look for in a good and skilful agent, who can add thousands and thousands of extra dollars in your pocket, and who does not cut it.
An unfortunate fact is that the Real Estate industry has a high degree of turnover, with one industry expert quoting a figure as high as 90% who start are not in the industry 2 years later.
What means is, you have a 9 out of 10 chance that the agent you are choosing is either a rookie, or is about to leave the industry, unable to cut the mustard.
Frequently Asked Questions
But the statistics say that 9 times out of 10 they are either completely NOT the expert, or they are exaggerating and embellishing their skills.
The industry fall out rate is a staggering 90% over two years in this state*, so without AgentChoice.org, chances are you are dealing with a person with less than two years experience (barely finished their apprenticeship), or about to leave the industry because of a lack of sales.
The experts contributing to the education of consumers through the AgentChoice.org service are meticulously chosen based on their unwavering expertise, wealth of experience, and their simple ability to know what it takes to achieve the most desirable outcome for consumers.
Your expert will go through all the elements of what it may cost should you choose to sell your home. It will never cost more than any real estate agent will charge, because here in Queensland, commissions are regulated and capped, so you truly can have the best of the best, for the same price as the ordinary, or even the ‘not so good’ ones.
Essentially though, the cost is broken up like a trade service is, the agents require ‘parts and labour’
‘Labour’ is completely ‘pay only on result.’ You don’t pay a cent for labour until they deliver for you a finalised sale, and in fact, you won’t pay their ‘labour’ bill until you are in your new home, should you be moving.
‘Parts’ are the tools the agent uses to complete their job, and is an investment that is very negotiable, and your expert will advise you on how to invest as little as possible to get the job done, whilst not sacrificing your final sale price by not investing enough in exposing your property to the buyers in the market.
As discussed in the booklet, ‘seven mistakes sellers potentially make,’ considering a discount agent is fine, if all the agents were the same, but often a discount of a few thousand dollars, can result in many tens of thousands of dollars difference in your final sale price, so don’t use the commission level as your criteria, but follow the tips given on how to drill your agent on their negotiation skills, and if they stack up to those criteria, then consider that when considering the ‘value’ of the agent in question.
In fact, you probably should buy through the worst negotiator you can find in your area.
Not many people are honest enough to give this advice, but in the end, be aware that the agent negotiates for the seller, so if you are buying, ensure you are negotiating with this in mind, and focus on the property you want and the price you’re willing to pay for it, and don’t let the agent selection process influence your buying decision. I’m sure no one would buy a house they didn’t want to buy just because they ‘liked’ the agent.
Then you can list with whoever you choose as of the day after expiration date of the agreement.
The only other remedy is to contact the Office of Fair Trading but it shouldn’t get to this if you follow these steps.
AgentsChoice.org may however, receive a small referral commission from the agents in question, but this is in no way coming out of your pocket, because the agents are legally bound to charge no more than the amount regulated by the PAMD Act.
Should you choose to change your agency because after educating yourself, you realise that your agent is not living up to the standards you now demand, you may have some options.
If you are listed as an ‘Open Listing’ then you certainly can engage another agent as another open listing or any other type opf listing, because an open listing is completely non binding.
If you have an Exclusive Agency and it is more than 60 days old, then it has possibly now reverted to an open listing (or it’s completely finished), and you can take whatever action you feel appropriate.
If you are currently involved in an Exclusive agency, this becomes a little more complex, as you may have signed a legally binding agreement giving your agent 60 days maximum to exclusively market your property.
As a high profile sales trainer once said, some people may think they have ten years experience, but really they have one year experience ten times over.