Zillow Advice: Buying Process - Do You Need A Real Estate Pro? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Lets see, only one non-agent ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ Lets see, only one non-agent answered so far, and a few of the agents that posted indicated they were not "professional", but "NAR-bots", so, I guess the answer is the only people that need Realtors&reg; are NAR? Sat, 09 Oct 2010 18:49:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ 2010-10-09T18:49:00Z buying a property is probably ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ buying a property is probably the biggest desition anyone can make with their money.&nbsp; A real estate broker is Stongly suggested.&nbsp; Why wouldnt anyone&nbsp;&nbsp;want someone by their side who does this every single day? Sat, 09 Oct 2010 15:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ 2010-10-09T15:53:00Z Do You Need A Real Estate ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ <p>Do You Need A Real Estate Pro?</p><p>I asked the question because it is absolutely critical for consumers to define our legitimacy and value for themselves. Hopefully, by offering our own ideas of how our service expedites and smooths the process, the consumer comes away with sound reasons for using real estate agents.</p><p>Some people prefer to walk the new or used car lot alone with no help (read interference) from a sales person.&nbsp; Others want a full-blown tour of the lot as the sales person explains different makes, models, and options.</p><p>Much like home shopping, car shopping involves many of the same issues of home ownership.&nbsp; Big-ticket item, insurance, registration, taxes, paperwork and a myriad of other details attended to by the salesperson and dealership.</p><p>In essence, the car salesperson expedites the sale and transfer of a vehicle to the end consumer.&nbsp; For that service, he or she receives commission.&nbsp; Those who know the auto sales business understand that good moral fiber, honesty, and sincere service are rewarded by repeat business from the family and friends of the buyer.</p><p>How different is this process from introducing folks to our listings or working as a buyer's agent? We have a copious amount of proprietary information we can easily access for answers.&nbsp; The consumer can also access the same information, albeit more slowly and perhaps less accurately.</p><p>Buying and selling real estate is not rocket science.&nbsp; As real estate professionals, we should be careful to define what our functions are and how they serve to benefit our clients and customers.</p><p>John Kavaller</p><br/><br/> Tue, 07 Sep 2010 14:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ 2010-09-07T14:29:00Z Agents are not neededA good ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ <p class="MsoNormal">Agents are not needed</p><p class="MsoNormal">A good agent will absolutely bring value to a transaction.</p><p class="MsoNormal">An incompetent agent could bring real legal/financial hardships</p><p class="MsoNormal">on those they "represent/consult" .</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">Personally I think the majority of consumers will benefit from skilled representation by an agent who at least strives to understand the meaning of fiduciary...hence, the decision to become an agent ...</p><p class="MsoNormal">.*a perfectly self aggrandized vision of me helping endless generations of home sellers until I passing&nbsp;away in escrow on my cell phone*</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">A different perspective is the point of asking/answering a question....right?</p> Tue, 07 Sep 2010 00:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ 2010-09-07T00:45:00Z Now there's something I never ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ Now there's something I never considered before...<br/><br/>Whine &amp; Spam Tue, 07 Sep 2010 00:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ 2010-09-07T00:07:00Z Well said Mike. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ Well said Mike. Tue, 07 Sep 2010 00:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ 2010-09-07T00:04:00Z Eve:Repeatedly accusing someone ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ Eve:<br/><br/>Repeatedly accusing someone of stalking in a public forum could be construed as libel, but you'd need to check with an attorney for that.<br/><br/>This is a place where people can disagree with opinions, particularly if they are trite, out of touch with reality, and are likely to harm the profession.<br/><br/>Many of us read a good number of the posts, we don't have time to "stalk" individual posters....some people just post ridiculous things in many threads and regulars read a lot of threads.<br/><br/>You have 45 posts at the time of this reply (with ZERO thumbs up and ZERO best answers), many of us have been contributing for years to the industry and this forum, with postings well into the thousands. You may want to consider that the sort of posts you are making are the lowest common denominator. Tue, 07 Sep 2010 00:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ 2010-09-07T00:02:00Z The way I see it is some ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ The way I see it is some folks don't like to paint, or don't know how to paint so they hire a painter.<br/><br/>And there are also folks that don't want to sell their own home or buy a home on their own. So they hire a real estate agent.<br/><br/>Some painters are incredible craftsman, some are like a monkey with a brush. There's good painters and bad painters.<br/><br/>Likewise there are good real estate agents and barely capable real estate agents. <br/><br/>But it's doubtful that there has ever been a painter that has told a homeowner that if they didn't hire a 'professional' painter, there could be dire consequences to their decision.<br/><br/>Likewise, I doubt that there are many painters that liken their craft to brain surgery or the practice of law.<br/><br/>Real estate is a trade just like any other trade. We're here to help those that just don't want to do it themselves. Tue, 07 Sep 2010 00:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ 2010-09-07T00:01:00Z Home professionals is a very ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ Home professionals is a very good idea, especially in this market. Loyalty and hard work seem to go hand in hand. Finding someone who you trust and that will work hard means that depsite everything finding a home and knowing all of the details that go into home buying will likely be more of a success in my opinion. Mon, 06 Sep 2010 23:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ 2010-09-06T23:58:00Z What I really think is riduculous ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ What I really think is riduculous is that my opinion is fodder for <em><u>repeated</u></em> stalking.&nbsp; <br/><br/>This forum is supposed to be a place where agents offer advice&nbsp; and voice their opinions...yet there is a handful of regulars that ruin the spirit of cooperation by&nbsp;"stalking"&nbsp;other posts to criticize...the pattern is obvious.<br/><br/>There are many posts that I think are dumb, or wrong, or boring, or silly, or a waste of my time to read...but I am no longer in grade school, so I move on.&nbsp; Everyone&nbsp;is entitled to their opinion.<br/><br/>The sad thing is that no one is from the same area, so why the need to&nbsp;be so hostile and competitive?<br/><br/>Please,...knock it off!<br/><br/>Eve in Orlando Mon, 06 Sep 2010 23:54:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Need-A-Real-Estate-Pro/365273/ 2010-09-06T23:54:00Z