Find a Great Real Estate Agent in 10 Minutes by Asking 7 Questions – Ventura Real Estate

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler on September 29, 2013

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A very strong argument can be made that the real estate industry is among the most distrusted by the public; agents tend to bring up the rear with the likes of car salesmen and lawyers. Clearly much of the blame belongs squarely on the shoulders of the industry itself; an earthworm can clear the standards bar. However, the bulk of the blame for subpar agent performance belongs to the public – the very clients that complain. Why isn’t more expected from agents? In a field with little to no established performance standards, ridiculous self-aggrandizement and bogus production reporting, how are the qualified and high producing agents found? In about 15 minutes with seven direct questions:

1. Are you a full time agent?
Yes, this needs to be asked as many agents will dance when asked. The idea that some part time agents return calls or emails on their schedule is ludicrous; the responsibility of handling the client’s requirements mandates constant availability.

2. How long have you been actively selling real estate and for whom?

Anyone with less than two years of full time work should be eliminated, that is just not enough time to fully grasp a market like this. A recognized firm is desired as they will typically have a full complement of resources available.

3. What are your personal production levels over the last three years?
If an agent can’t live off their earnings, they are not producers. A full time agent should have at least 8-10 transactions per year personally completed, not as part of a team, an office or some other entity. Some agents tie into office or team production – focus on their production only and be certain to verify this.

4. Verify the figure you are provided and request a copy of their report.
Personal stats must be for the agent only – not a team or office. Request a copy of their personal production; this can be pulled off the MLS or from their brokerage firm

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Gary and Lisa Schoeffler are Ventura Real Estate Professionals specializing in residential real estate. Their expertise in helping both buyers and sellers is widely recognized in Ventura County. How can they assist you today? Wondering what the market is like? Call them, they will be happy to talk with you about it. 805-320-4472

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