"After buying and selling a few houses I would rate real estate agents just barely above the drug cartels when it comes to morality and honesty"

This comment was recently published beneath an article by the Washington Post covering a sometimes-scathing study released by the National Association of Realtors. It is a report that paints an altogether unflattering portrait of my industry. 

The report cites that a key problem is the sheer number of part-time, untrained, unithical and/or incompetent agents. And it goes on to suggest that low entry requirements are a big part of the problem. I did not know that cosmetologists, for instance, are required to complete more than 5 times the training. 

And why would I share that with you here? Because, I agree with the findings! I am forced to work with these type agents all the time and it is time-consuming, tedious, frustrating, costly, maddening. They are representing you, and I can't help but wonder why when truly competant, professional, knowledgable and hard-working agents are easily found.

Here is a really good example of what I'm talking about. Do you see the smudges in this mirror? Of course you do, and the point is that everyone else will too. Beyond the smudges, the composition is horrible. This photo is part of a listing presentation on a $1,500,000 home.

And another example used to promote a home that is listed for $1,100,000. This agent stands to earn, (and I use that term loosely,) $33,000 in commission and they have used a blurry, cell-phone photo of a messy office. 

These photos are sent out through the multiple listing service via internet data exchange (IDX) feeds to real estate sites across the internet. Studies show that we have 3 seconds on average to cause a prospective buyer to click on a home while searching online. Photography and video is critical and high-quality service is worth every penny to the agent and the homeowner.

As a seller, the take-away is to always approve the listing of your home before it goes live in the multiple listing service. 

Misspelled words, poorly written and risky contracts, avoidable delays, contractual time frames ignored. I see these egregious errors made all too often and I'm apalled that these agents are allowed to remain in business. In every instance I am required to identify the errors and then proactively protect my clients from the fallout. 

You will avoid all these concerns when you work with me. I have successfully closed hundreds of real estate transactions in over 35 years in the industry. My background includes escrow, title, lending and sales and I understand the details behind each and every sale. I am a full-time agent who works hard to provide luxury service, skilled negotiation and extraordinary communication.

It is always my pleasure to serve your real estate needs, and I guarantee you will be surprised and pleased with the results.

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