Re: Real Estate Agents (REA's)...junk

Only used one one time and I have a mixed reaction. First, *she* needed a swift kick in the ass to get jumpstarted which I should have done right away, but didn't. Initially I let her do her thing as she had access to vast maketing vehicles. But after awhile I noticed she was putting me in the same box as everyone else - the people that didn't really want to sell. So, I kinda sidestepped her and fast tracked into major nationwide marketing myself, website, nationwide newspaper ads, magazine ads, contacting hundreds of other realtors and brokers, etc. I can understand her position, she worked for a company (Century 21, Sunbelt) and didn't make the rules, but tried to follow them, however those rules were not necessarily in my favor. I was prepared to pay these people $18k to sell my house and with that comes the fiduciary acknowledgement that THEY work for ME. Well, silly me, I was playing by the rules but they were refusing to play period. In the end the house sold, they got their money, I got mine and life went on. With the time and circumstances the way they were I don't know that I'd do much different, except to initiate my marketing campaign earlier, and be much more aggressive. I think overall we had too much on our plate coming down simultaneously with huge pressure all around. Next time, I'll have things sorted out better and priorities aligned, and take the time to do things right rather than fast. Summation, its your house and what works best for you is not necessarily whats best for others, to each his own and hopefully we learn, advance and move on.
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