I recorded this short video to answer the question “What Does a Real Estate Agent Do” last summer, but forgot to publish it until I was searching my YouTube channel for something else yesterday. I think it’s a good video, even if it only scratches the surface describing all the things we real estate agents do.
In addition to the things I mention in the video, we are counselors and confidants for our clients. We come into their lives during one of their most stressful events, try to understand their motivations and desires, and we ride the emotional roller coaster with them, at least in a small way, from start to finish.
Please watch this short, two minute video for my description of what real estate agents do:
“The big real estate portals, Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com, have really changed how consumers get their real estate information. I think it’s also changed how consumers look at Realtors as well. Back in the day, to even find out how much a house was listed for, how many beds and baths it had, you had to call an agent or grab a flyer. Of course that information’s all over the place now, all over the internet.
So what does a real estate agent really do then?
Well, I do a whole series of complicated tasks, all the way from an initial consultation with a home buyer about what neighborhood, what lifestyle works for them, to managing the transaction and making sure the keys are delivered on time at the end. I help my buyer clients negotiate on purchase price so they pay what they think is fair.
I help my buyers order inspections. I know the good inspection companies, I know the areas of town and what the repair issues are in those different areas of town and I let my buyers know. I help them understand the appraisal process and the loan process, which is tedious at best, and I’m just kind of a coach for the whole transaction, from the beginning to the end, to keep everybody working towards a common goal. I communicate with the lender, the seller’s agent, the title company, of course those inspection companies, and maybe even a home warranty company to make sure all the loose ends are tied up so by the time we get to closing you feel good about what you’re about to do, about the papers you’re about to sign.
So even though all the information about homes for sale is out there online, I still feel like I provide a really valuable service and I take it very seriously when I tell my clients that I’ll always keep my client’s best interests in mind.”
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by Albuquerque Real Estate Agent Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty (505) 803-5012.