The Public Speaks

The public speaks about the image of a Realtor - how to pick a well trained Realtor.

I recently read an article where the author interviewed 45 people about their real estate experiences; these were random people he met as he traveled through airports.  While the conversations varied between positive and negative results – the overall consensus is that people don’t feel they need a Realtor - many people wish they could find someone to be honest with them, someone who wasn’t only interested in the commission. 

Like many professions there is a wide variety of training and skill levels among Realtors. 

Nationally trained and technically skilled Realtors will do the following:

  • Adhere to our code of ethics.  There can’t be any gray areas.  Do the right thing every time, regardless of how it may or may not affect the commission. 
  • Become students of the industry.  Know the community; know the types of properties; know the many items that contribute to the value (or decrease the value) of a property. 
  • Deliver more than the client expects.  Take their profession seriously and exceed a client’s minimum level of expectation.  Deliver knowledge and
    expert representation. 
  • Communicate.  On a regular basis (at least once a week) about all aspects of the transaction. Use all available technology to communicate effectively and efficiently.  Listening is as important as explaining and updating. 
  • Learn how to sell.  Yes, Realtors are sales people!  Sales people have the skills to market and sell the product, Realtors are no different, they should know the features and benefits of the homes and the neighborhoods. 

Why hire an average Realtor? Did you know that less than 4% of the National
Association of Realtors in our country are Certified Residential Specialists.   YOU and Your Real Estate Transaction deserve the best possible service!   

Contact me todayand put my experience and knowledge to work for you. 


Carol Murphy

Keller Williams, Greater Cleveland – Carol Murphy Team

Avon Lake Real Estate

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Richard Hollis January 04, 2013 at 10:42 PM
This is like saying to a misbehaving child, "wait til your father gets home." The realtors know the rules and there is no rfeason why I should have to check on my neighbor's house after each and every showing.
maggie j robinson January 10, 2013 at 02:05 PM
This is such a shame and please, don't let it reflect on everyone. Realtors should be honest, ethical and professional at all times, especially when given the COURTESY of showing someone's home. However, the human race with human failings include every profession. LISTEN UP those of you who know this is for you...!
Richard Hollis January 10, 2013 at 06:08 PM
It is interesting. My neighbor's house was actually sold by her son, althoiugh the realtor who has not returned phone calls for at least ten days, will get his commission.
lyn January 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM
He should talk to the realtor about reducing the commission. Or maybe even talk to an attorney. When the house was listed, that, I would think, became a contract - and the realtor did not perform his duties or make himself available. Seems to me, if one party to the contract fails to comply with the terms, that contract would be null and void.
Richard Hollis January 11, 2013 at 02:22 AM
I have found over the past few years, with various neighbors putting their houses on the market, that realtors simply do not do what one thinks they are supposed to do. On the other hand, my daughter and son in law put their house on the market and the realtor had an open house every other Sunday and it sold in eight weeks.


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