SuperHuman21 wrote in post #12292354
Who's Mike Kelley?
Seriously though, you think they would if they really want to sell that. Talk about being broke as a joke now that these agents actually have to work. I may not have experience shooting for them on a job (I shot some for an agent who is friends with us for a relative for free) but I have some agent relatives. I know how they were before the economy and guess what one of them told us before when we were building a home? She didn't like filling out a whole bunch of papers before and just tossed out a whole stack of papers that we thought we needed and she said she'll just take care of it. Talk about easy work.
We have about 2,800 agents in the city I live in. Last year, at the end of October, 1,400 of them had not had a single transaction. So many of them go in when things were booming that none of them ever learned how to actually work. They had it to easy. You could put a home on the MLS and it would sell in 1-3 months (most of the time). Then, when values took a dive, agents just blamed it on appraisers. "Oh, that stupid appraiser killed my deal." Then, when the values kept going down that is when the separation between the pros and the cons took place. The ones that actually knew how to work are still working and the others are not, or working very little.
The days of doing 'just enough' are gone and will be for a while. The only ones that are going to survive this are the ones that realize they have to go above and beyond if they want their listings to actually sell. Or, they have to be one of those agents that plays the price game. You know, they keep lowering the price until it sells. We all know how great that is for the market. What most of them are too dumb to realize is that once the house is lowered $10k they have already lost more in commission than it would cost to have professional photos taken. $10 on the sale price is $300 in commission to the agent. The agent would rather lower the price $20k than spend a few hundred bucks getting some good photos. That my friends, it just dumb. And don't even get me started on the homes that sell for $50k or $100k or even $500k less than the original list price. When you get to a certain price point, the buyer expects more. They expect a better presentation than the buyer of a $250k home expects.