Who’s The Boss?

No, this blog is not about the hysterical sitcom featuring Tony Danza as Tony Micelli. That was a great show! Anyway, I’m going to touch on the frustrations many realtors go through with seller today. Please keep in mind that I’m not lashing out to all sellers out there. Hopefully you will see things from our perspective and learn how this real estate stuff is supposed to work. When it comes to selling a property there is often conflict between a seller and his/her agent and question concerning authority arises. As I mentioned in my last post, here comes my sports connection. One of my favorite quotes is from the great Bill Parcells, hall of fame NFL coach. When coming to the Jets, Coach Parcells was asked about his authority with the team and his ability to pick players from the college draft. Parcells answer was reasonable, “When you’re asked to cook the meal, you want to be involved in buying the groceries.” OK, so this quote doesn’t translate as well in the world of real estate but it sends the same message. The Jets hired Bill Parcells to do a job. Now, get out of his way and let him do it! Sellers, us agents are only asking for the same respect. We cannot do our job while “wearing handcuffs”. I say this with the greatest amount of respect… if you don’t trust us, don’t hire us. This is why it’s extremely important to make sure you interview several agents and choose the one you feel most comfortable with. Trust me when I tell you, you will only hurt yourself in the end if you fight with every decision we make. I know it hurts but when we say you have to drop the price, let us do it. When we say how much to drop it, drop it that amount. One of my favorite shows on TV is Real Estate Intervention. It involves a real estate professional who helps sellers determine if they are priced right or not. His advice is as follows, “it’s always better to set the market than to chase it”. He’s absolutely right. If you’re going to put your house on the market please keep this, and us, in mind.