As the Forrest Gump saying goes... Life is like a box of chocolates... You never know what you're gonna get. Perhaps some real estate agents can be lumped in the same box.
Chronology of an Agent:
You graduate from real estate school. You take the exam and pass. You get your license and you go to work for franchise XYZ. You order those nice glossy business cards and then sit in your office and wait for the phone to ring. And bingo, it does. You write your first offer and it gets accepted. You're on top of the world! You decide to work some floor time and you get a walk-in. Somebody wants to sell their house. You lucky dog!
Up to this point, all is well in your real estate world. But then, your luck begins to run out. You realize no-one has really showed you the ropes on how to create a successful real estate practice. You struggle with writing a good offer with legitimate language that protects your client. You've never negotiated a thing in your life, so you know very little about how to get your client the best possible deal. You ask, what's a Preliminary Title Report and/or what does it mean? You quickly realize that there's so much they didn't teach you in real estate school, and you really know very little about selling real estate.
You fudge a bit, and you tell people you're a neighborhood expert, when you've never sold anything in that neighborhood. You figured out that many buyers want rural properties in your area, so you advertise that you're a rural properties expert (when you've never sold a rural property). You're a step ahead of the competition when you take a one-day education course and earn an xyz certificate. Now you call yourself an xyz expert. Who knew?!
Okay Active Rain Professionals, what's wrong with this picture? Besides the obvious deceptive practice of saying you're something that you're not. How about the public's perception that all Agents are alike? Do they really know what they're gonna get when they call us?
Real Estate Agents are Like a Box of Chocolates... You Never Know What You're Gonna Get!