Sunday, February 20, 2011

Working with a Professional Realtor more Important Now than Ever Before

A recent study conducted by a multiple listing service in New Jersey reported 95% of consumers felt working with a real estate professional is just as important, if not more so, than it was even a few years ago.  The survey, Keepin' It Real, can be found on the MRIS web site.

Most consumers understand that now is not the time to complete a real estate transaction on their own.  The market is too unsettled and prices too variable neighborhood to neighborood.  In order, they ranked the following qualities as critical in choosing an agent:
  • Trustworthiness
  • Experience
  • Willingness to look out for a client’s interest
  • Expertise in negotiating contracts
  • Responsiveness
  • Familiarity with contracts
  • Knowledge of the local community
Additionally, 68% of buyers and sellers rated their agents 6 or 7 on a 7-point scale. 48% found their agents by a referral. 80% said they would in turn recommend their agents.

Consumers today want more than simple guidance.  They can search homes for sale and community information extensively online, but want an expert they trust to take them through the entire process of buying or selling real estate.  Yet, despite all of the tools and resources available, when it comes time to actually buy or sell a home, there is nothing more valuable than the industry knowledge, expertise, and guidance a real estate professional offers.

I've been living and working in Hawaii Kai for more than 20 years, and can give you the insider view of all our communities.  Call or email to ask me your questions about Hawaii Kai real estate.

Barbara Abe, Realtor