When you’re getting ready to purchase or sell a home here in Portland, you’ll get plenty of advice, whether you ask for it or not.
Everyone from cousin Gus who sold real estate back in 1982, Aunt Sally who sells real estate in another State, your next door neighbor, and your garage mechanic will want to “help” you make the right decisions.
We agents, of course, urge people not to take advice from anyone who isn’t working in the business – here in Portland – every day. They simply don’t have the same information and experience to share.
But think about it…
Those who live in your community can give you at least one good bit of advice – they can recommend an agent who served them well (or warn you about one who did not.)
Secondly, anyone who has been involved in a real estate transaction recently can give you something more – warnings to help you avoid the mistakes they made.Both buyers and sellers can tell you what happened when they failed to take their agent’s advice – and did things to harm their own chances of success.
Home sellers can tell you about mistakes such as over pricing their home, insisting on being present for showings, refusing to fix-up or repaint, and getting insulted and refusing to negotiate low offers.
Home buyers can tell you about the time wasted making low-ball offers or the disappointment of losing out on the home of their dreams when they decided to “sleep on it.”
So listen to your friends and relatives – just don’t listen when they give you pricing advice, and don’t listen if they tell you to ignore advice from your own experienced real estate professional.