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"wannabe realtor" vs "real realtor"

why do i feel like i can find better houses than my realtor?
stupid question but should i find another realtor or do it myself?
  • January 28 2014 - Raleigh
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There's no way you can do better then an excellent Buyer Agent to find a suitable property. If your agent would rather not work with buyers or is less then professional, get another Realtor  that is.
  • May 13 2014
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It sounds like either your agent isn't listening to what your needs and wants are or you aren't being clear or giving them enough to work with.  I would suggest you write down a list of your "wants" and your "needs" and present that to your agent. Communication is very important.  You should speak to your agent and let him or her know of your frustration.   If you're sure you've done your part in articulating what you're looking for and you still have no good finds by your agent then you might want to search for a new agent.  I wouldn't advise doing it yourself though.  There are plenty of Realtors out there, you'll want a professional in your corner, especially upon closing.  
  • March 23 2014
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Wannabe???  The only things required is a high school diploma, about 160 hours of training, a 1/2 day licensing test, finding a managing broker, paying annual Errors and Omissions insurance and paying annual National Association of Realtors (NAR) Dues.

There are 1.2 MILLION "real" Realtors®.  It doesn't necessarily mean they are good at their job.

Forget the "wannabe" and "real" distinction, and interview potential representation for what they are specifically going to do for you, and their specific qualifications and experience to do it in a timely efficient manner.

Do it yourself?  If you have the time and the experience, and enjoy doing it, why didn't you get your license?  If you are planning on representing yourself as a "buyer", be aware that the co-commission being offered to selling agent & broker is written into the contract with the seller, and it is highly unlikely that it will be refunded to you.  So you will be paying the listing agent for all the work you do, and they will be representing the seller for what you are paying them.  Do you normally like to pay for someone elses representation so that they can try to take advantage of you?

Not to mention, if you are not a member of the local MLS, you will not have direct access to the MLS listings, and you will not have the supra lock box access device coded for the local area to let you in to any of the properties.  The listing agent's job is not to do "showings" so you either won't get showings, or you will end up with an agent that you didn't select showing the properties and taking your money for the work that you claim to be doing "yourself".
  • February 24 2014
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With the internet, it may be likely that you find the house you want before your Realtor does. It is their job to do the research on the neighborhood, covenants, restrictions, market, etc. They should be able to advise you on your decision to purchase the home. If they aren't doing that, then your should find another Realtor that does.
  • February 23 2014
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Where are you searching for properties?  The internet real estate web sites are unregulated and feature closed/sold and outdated listings. I have clients that ask me about these type of properties frequently and they are not current, active listings. Work with a trusted real estate broker who will set up an auto search for you. You will receive active listings in your price range and search area to review and consider for showings. Some buyers and sellers can try to cut corners to save money but will find that using a pro will realistically save them or make them more money. Trust your realtor.
  • January 29 2014
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I wouldn't recommend to do it yourself, just as I wouldn't recommend you to walk into a courtroom without a lawyer:) Find a local Realtor with good referrals. Take time to sit down face to face and tell her exactly what you are looking for. Good luck in your search. 
  • January 29 2014
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Just like in any profession there are hard workers and slackers, also keep in mind in many states becoming a realtor is as simple as a one week course and passing a test.  With that said a good agent will be a valuable asset to the home buying experience, they spend hours researching properties, they understand the market and can help with negotiations, and can usually give your recommendations for other qualified services such as home inspectors and lenders.  Many agents, myself included, scour lists of new properties every day to find listing that meet our clients needs before they hit sites like zillow.  I would suggest interviewing a new realtor and make sure they make you feel comfortable, have an open line of communication, and will work for your business.
  • January 29 2014
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I work and sell in the Greater Triangle area. I am sorry you are unhappy with your Realtor. Are they full time and experienced? My first suggestion would be to talk to them about your concerns.  
Consider giving your agent your updated search criteria if it's changed,ask them about the market, is there a lot of inventory in the price range you are looking at.
Keep in mind a Realtor's job doesn't start and end at opening doors, there is a huge amount of work once you go under contract.
 I hope that help and I hope that you do work things out with your current agent or find someone you are happy with.
  • January 29 2014
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Go for it yourself...
  • January 28 2014
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You have a lousy broker. A good broker knows their market and can find things that are not even on the market. If the broker you have is not engaged and ambitious enough to even try to be ahead of you put your work into finding a better one, it will pay off
  • January 28 2014
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If you can find a Realtor® who can do it better than you can, why wouldn't you go with them?
  • January 28 2014
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Multiple things may be going on to lead you to thinking that you are better at finding homes than your current Realtor. Communication is key in conveying what is important to you in a home.  Your Realtor may not have understood exactly what you wanted in a home because you didn't explain it correctly or he (she) dmisinterpreted what you were saying.  Perhaps writing your list of criteria down and stressing the "have to haves" vs. the "like to have" and the "dream list items" will help clarify the situation.  The other key question is whether the homes you've found that appear to be superior to what your Realtor provided are actually on the market and available.  You'd be astonished to know that 20-40% of the homes found on some real estate websites have grossly incorrect information (pricing and availability being high on the list).  If you correct the communication issue and you still discover that you are missing homes that are active on the market and great fits for your needs, then it may be time to talk to your agent about terminating your agency relationship.  Your Realtor should be your #1 advocate in helping you find the right house.
  • January 28 2014
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Interesting comment.  As a Buyers Agent, I find my clients looking online and requesting information on homes they find that I have not introduced to them through MLS or my contacts.

Typically the homes they inquire about are Phantom listings.  Invalid, Outdated, Pre-Foreclosure, etc that are not avilable for purchase.

Unfortunately this just wasts time researching bogus listings that other agents are using to generate leads.

Not to say this is happening in your case, but is quite typical in the online Real Estate marketplace.
  • January 28 2014
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You may feel that you can find better houses than your realtor because you have the time to search the internet and you are more knowledgeable about your desires, however your realtor has the most accurate information regarding the available of homes.  Also, your realtor is your advocate in the home buying process.  He/she keeps your deal together by being the center point for all participants (ie, you, your lender, inspector, closing attorney etc.).  I would advise you to not go it alone.  Your realtor is a wealth of information.
  • January 28 2014
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