Real Estate Agent Red Flags – How to Choose a Fort Collins Real Estate Agent
Some red flags that might signal it’s time to keep looking for a Realtor® in Fort Collins
Everyone knows a Realtor® in Fort Collins, right? Well, not necessarily. Though the amount of people who have joined the Fort Collins Board of Realtors® has been increasing for years, not everyone has a Realtor®. So, when it’s time to start making some real decisions about selling your home or buying your home, here are a few pointers in finding the right representation for you.
What can I say? I know I am one of the best choices you have for a real estate agent/Realtor® in Fort Collins. The reasons I am the best choice is because I am the opposite of the red flags I’ll be listing below. In short, I listen, I know the market, I know when to seek outside help to answer a tough question, I am seasoned and skilled negotiator, I love to fervently represent my clients’ interests and I value the role of fiduciary.
Further, your timeline is your timeline. I’m not pushy and I won’t rush you.
I’m not going to apologize for suggesting myself because I know that choosing me will help you.
I’m also going to keep my self-promotion short. I imagine you get the picture. 🙂
Choose a Fort Collins Realtor® over a Fort Collins Real Estate Agent
All Realtors® are licensed agents, but not all licensed agents are Realtors®. All RE/MAX Alliance agents are all Realtors®. It’s a commitment our brokerage makes to our community.
What’s the difference between a real estate agent and Realtor®?
Simple. Realtors® pay to be a member of the National Association of Realtors®, and are required to complete extra education, including learning and abiding by a code of ethics that go above and beyond what the state of Colorado requires of its licensees.
Check out this excerpt from the Preamble to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of REALTORS®
Under all is the land. Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth of free institutions and of our civilization. REALTORS® should recognize that the interests of the nation and its citizens require the highest and best use of the land and the widest distribution of land ownership. They require the creation of adequate housing, the building of functioning cities, the development of productive industries and farms, and the preservation of a healthful environment.
Such interests impose obligations beyond those of ordinary commerce. They impose grave social responsibility and a patriotic duty to which REALTORS® should dedicate themselves, and for which they should be diligent in preparing themselves. REALTORS®, therefore, are zealous to maintain and improve the standards of their calling and share with their fellow REALTORS® a common responsibility for its integrity and honor. Source – National Association of Realtors
Make sure they listen to you
A wise person once told me, “You have two ears and one mouth. Use them commensurately.” When you first meet with a Realtor®, notice, do they talk more than they listen? Well, who is the important party here? Whose dreams should we be learning about? Whose goals should be clarified?
When you meet a Realtor® with diarrhea of the mouth, who doesn’t let you get a word in edgewise, my advice is to move on to a Realtor® that shows they are interested in you because they listen more than they talk.
Were all of your questions answered? Did you feel like they heard you?
How do they follow up?
Did the way they follow up satisfy you? Were they too pushy? Did they disappear? If they sent you documents, were they relevant, and in line with questions or concern you had?
Did they use your preferred medium of communication? For example, if you said you prefer text to email, did they honor that?
Did they continue from where you left off, instead of jumping ahead, or staying too far behind the pace that you desire to set?
I have a team that handles documents, showings, in person greetings and enters my listings into the MLS. They can make instant changes for me on listing information, track documents to make sure that we have everything we need, and will basically do just about anything in their power to help me and my clients go through to the closing table.
Does the agent you are interviewing have a team? If so, give their office a call. See if you are treated with respect. See if anyone answers at all.
If it’s during our office hours, you can bet my team at RE/MAX Alliance will answer. And they’ll be ready to help. Would you like to meet them?
Those are just a few examples of things to look for when you are hiring a Realtor® in Fort Collins or elsewhere in Northern Colorado. If you have any questions on this, please feel free to reach out to me about it. It’s an important decision, and I wish you the best of luck on it!YES! Have Paul send me a FREE CUSTOM REPORT on my Real Estate Situation!