According to a recent report by a highly reputable investigative entity, most... several...that is, some real estate agents out there are actual people, just like you- with hearts, minds, maybe even a personality! I can tell you how to spot them.
I know the drill- you're up late one night, semi-casually considering the possibility of maybe buying Bellingham real estate but don't know which website is the best, so you sign up to a few, then over the next few days or weeks you get bombarded with phone calls and e-mails from all kinds of people asking you about your potential plans to buy or sell or move or invest... It's annoying. Some of them stammer, others talk too fast. They leave awkward, rambling messages on your voice-mail and always seem a little bit jittery and caught off-guard if you actually pick up one of their phone calls. I know, I know, it's all just so uncomfortable...like talking to your mother late on a Sunday afternoon when she's been out golfing* with "the girls". Just remember though, they're more afraid of you than you are of them. Just be gentle and let them speak. Who knows, you might get lucky and find one that actually knows what he's talking about. That's especially likely to happen if you dial 360.510.2230 and ask for Rob LeRoy. He's one of the best. If you don't believe me, read this article (#5) written by an industry insider who's "in the know."
*drinking Bloody Marys
And another thing- it's important to keep in mind that this is what we do for a living. All day, every day...losing sleep, missing birthdays, missing weddings (sometimes our own), ignoring medical check-ups and Happy Hours...wait, we actually never miss those...but, still, you see what I'm getting at. This is our job, our career, so don't be so surprised when we call and remind you that we exist. It is not our intent to irritate or harass, but rather to educate and provide you with a service, whether that service involves an actual transaction somewhere down the road, or simply some casual, professional advice or instruction on the fascinating world of real estate. If you're truly interested, let us know. If not, don't be afraid to say you're just browsing. We can take rejection, believe me. Only about 1 -to- 2 out of every 20 people who sign up to a real estate website actually buys something. The rest are just browsing, researching, or laughing out loud as they read an exceptionally humorous article written by a gifted young real estate agent.
Good agents are happy to help either way, but it certainly saves everybody a lot of time if you just let us know up front which side you're on.
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