It would be cool if all New Orleans real estate agents were equal. We could sit around and sing Kumbaya while negotiating contracts and preparing marketing materials for our clients.
The unfortunate reality…that’s not the case.
Here’s some advice for local agents.
1. Answer your phone. No. Really. Answer the blasted phone. Or at least return calls to the people who have left you voice mails. I can’t tell you how many times over the last few weeks I’ve heard our agents complain that other agents don’t get back to them with information. Or to schedule showings. Or at all. Ever. If you prefer text messages, leave that information on your voice mail message.
2. Check your email. We all pretty much have a computer in our pocket in this day of smart phones and tablets. I bet you even get notifications each time a new email arrives in your inbox. Considering you make your living working with other agents, it’s kind of smart to actually see if there’s something important in there.
3. Consider taking some notes when speaking to other agents. Last week, I had multiple calls from one agent on one property. Asking the same questions over and over again because she obviously didn’t write anything down. I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember everything. A good old pencil and piece of paper will suffice, as long as you can lay your hands on the information when you need it.
4. Get a real camera. Those phone photos you are taking of your listings are awful and are not doing your sellers any favors. If you don’t want to be a photographer, hire one. Ask us. We’ve got a great guy.
5. Details matter. Leaving blanks on a purchase agreement? Yikes. Don’t do it. You are putting your client at risk when you don’t properly complete a CONTRACT.
I could go on, but you get the picture. Professionalism counts. Accuracy counts. Responsiveness counts.
You should count too.