Not all Philadelphia realtors are created equal. When choosing the right agent to sell a home, find you a new home or both, you want to make sure that you’re working with the very best. A good Philly realtor will be able to easily and quickly guide you through the process, as well as save you (or help you make) as much money as possible. But when it comes to researching a realtor, there’s only so much you can learn by checking out their website. So here are 5 signs you may be working with the wrong Philadelphia realtor:
- They Don’t Know the Neighborhood: Sure, Philly is a big city with plenty of neighborhoods, but a good realtor will know the area- Either because they’ve done business there in the past or they’ve done their research before your appointment.
- They’re part-time Philly Realtors: There are plenty of realtors out there that treat this business a side job. When truth be told, real estate is very much a full time gig. You wouldn’t want to work with a part time lawyer or doctor, would you? Think of it this way- would you want to work with someone who only spends a few hours a week focused on helping you, or a full time agent who eats, breathes and sleeps Philly real estate?
- The Realtor Doesn’t Listen: A big part of what’s made me a successful Philadelphia realtor is the ability to listen to a clients needs. The buyers we work with only need to see 5 or less property before they find their dream home. The reason being that we listen to what they’re looking for, and only show them properties that meet their criteria. If you’re agent keeps showing you homes out of your price range or that doesn’t have the right number of bedrooms, he’s obviously less interested in making you happy and more interested in making the sale.
- They’re Unethical: Most realtors out there are good, honest people just trying to make a living. But like in any profession, there’s a few rotten apples that spoil the bunch. An unethical realtor may try to steer you towards misrepresenting your home, or force you to work with their mortgage lender or home inspector. Most agents have preferred partners that they will suggest you work with, but remember- the choice is yours, not theirs. Part of why I’ve had success as a Philadelphia realtor is that I’ve remained transparent and honest with my clients. Full disclosure is the name of the game for two reasons- It results in more referral business for my team, and frankly, it’s the right thing to do.
- They Don’t Have time for You: There are thousands of realtors in Philadelphia- so why would you work with one who doesn’t return your phone calls, emails etc.? The realtors of the Mickey Pascarella Group schedule time each week to follow up with their clients, and each client is never taken for granted. It’s a stressful process selling and/or buying a home, and it’s our job to make it as easy as possible. Obviously everyone gets busy from time to time, but if your agent is updating you (or even returning your messages), why would you pay him for his services?