It’s a New Market
There’s quite a bit of talk about the number of agents who may be leaving the industry this year. The pressure of staying afloat in a new and challenging business environment has proven to be the straw that broke the camels back. In real estate words, another transaction that didn’t close! Or another client who didn’t qualify! In one week, when my team had 10 buyers who didn’t qualify, you almost want to try something new.
On the flip side are agents who are staying around, grasping at straws, trying anything new to stay afloat. I commend those who are searchng for ways to expand their business. Many are changing directions into the short sale business. I caution agents to not jump on this bandwagon if their heart is not in it. It is not a task for the faint of heart or those without some training.
The REALTOR® Code of Ethics requires we protect and promote our clients interest:
When representing a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant, or other client as an agent, REALTORS® pledge themselves to protect and promote the interests of their client
The services which REALTORS® provide to their clients and customers shall conform to the standards of practice and competence which are reasonably expected in the specific real estate disciplines in which they engage; specifically, residential real estate brokerage………………
REALTORS® shall not undertake to provide specialized professional services concerning a type of property or service that is outside their field of competence unless they engage the assistance of one who is competent on such types of property or service, or unless the facts are fully disclosed to the client.
The client of a REALTOR® who needs a short sale, should have the very best representation available; someone who is knowledgable about short sales and the process.
A quick review of short sale listings in my area, which expired, then later went to Sherrif’s Sale, reveals the agent did not have a complete understanding of the process.
The one dead give away – price.
Short Sales not only require knowledge of the process, they require knowledge of pricing. A client does not stand a chance of receiving an offer when the price of the property is within the range of all other properties which are expiring. In a short sale situation, we are selling short. Even when priced right, sometimes the home still does not sell. You never have a chance of assisting your seller in avoiding foreclosure if you don’t understand the pricing issues and bank guidelines.
As REALTORS, we have an obligation to our clients to represent their best interest. If an agent does not know how to complete a short sale, they should not be doing them. There are plenty of classes available. Take some training and go for it!
The Quiz shouldn’t be at your clients expense!