Does Your Los Angeles Real Estate Agent’s Reputation Matter?
Yes, it does. And it’s not just his or her reputation with clients that matters; it’s the reputation with other Los Angeles real estate agent, title company employees, lenders, stagers, inspectors, and appraisers.
The more all those people like, trust, and respect your real estate agent, the smoother your transaction will proceed.
If you’re a home seller:
When your agent has a good reputation for dealing fairly with buyers’ agents, it means your home will be shown as often as possible. On the other hand, if your agent makes it difficult to arrange showing appointments or if he or she has a reputation for failing to present offers immediately, your home will go to the bottom of the list.
When your agent treats inspectors and appraisers with respect, they’ll be willing to accept, and possibly use information provided by the agent. When your agent treats lenders and title company personnel well, those people will go out of their way to help should an issue arise.
If you’re a home buyer, your real estate agent’s good reputation is also an asset.
When a buyers’ agent has a good reputation, listing agents are more cooperative in arranging showings and are more likely to present their offers in the best possible light. When he or she has a poor reputation, listing agents can make it difficult to arrange showings and will encourage their sellers to consider other offers first.
What makes a good reputation in a buyer’s agent?
Always being on time for appointments – or calling to inform of a delay or cancellation
Tending to details – like making sure doors are locked after a showing.
Treating sellers respectfully – and not trying to intrude on the seller’s relationship with the listing agent.
Presenting offers that are always filled out properly and completely.
Seeing that the buyer’s contingencies are handled on time.
Being willing to get in and work when there’s a glitch between agreement and closing.
And, as with listing agents, treating all of the other people involved in the transaction with courtesy and respect goes a long way toward gaining their cooperation when there’s a bump in the road on the way to closing.
For both listing agents and selling agents, a reputation for returning phone calls or emails properly is a plus. So is a pleasant manner. No one wants to deal with someone who is hard to reach, or who is confrontational when they are reached. Professionalism is respected – arrogance is not.
I’m pleased to enjoy a good reputation with other Los Angeles real estate agents. In fact, due to transactions we’ve done together, many of them have become friends. As a result, buyer’s agents show my listings, and listing agents welcome offers from my clients.
So when you’re ready to buy or sell a home in Los Angeles, call me!
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