Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Realestalking


Just found her.... a knock down.. full of asbestos... in the next 'up and coming' suburb to the one I was just in (that I can't afford to buy back into!).


Not as big a block... but not the smallest. Don't think I need to do 'big' this time....every square metre is $$$. She'll probably be gone by the time I get out there to see her today. Gotta be quick.

Interesting process.

Mr/Ms Real Estate Agent, why don't you put addresses on all your listings?.... please don't say privacy.. you want to sell the house right?... it's not a private process. If it doesn't have an address, I am more likely to skim over the listing.... as the process of extracting the address out of you is time consuming. If you want me to call you for the address, so you can add my details to your database, then why don't you answer my emails (expediently) and get me 'on side'?. .... and why don't you put the land size in the listing? I had one lass the other day email me, in response to my request for information email.. (days later) to say that, with inner city, the land size is 'irrelevant'. What???? I'd say it is critical... right up there with location.

It hasn't changed too much in the past 4 years, this process. I thought that with the market quietening, I'd get more response out of the agents.... but the carcass still must have quite a bit of meat on it. They're not desperate yet..... rats, makes it harder for me! Time to put on those walking shoes and get out there.
Have a great day.
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Disclaimer: Mr/Ms 'Real Estate Agent', before you get all hot under the collar, I am generalising wrt the experiences I have had so far. My brother is in real estate and so is my hubby.... and you know I love you Mario. xx

22 comments:

  1. I know what you mean. I want to see the address and even a ball park cost. I hate all the "fishing" the RE Agents do to get you to call their office so they can hook you. I rarely look these days because there is nothing to be found by browsing these days. I believe they lose more sales with this new practice.

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  2. Hello! Oh my, I hope I do an ok job. I hear people complain constantly about agents LOL. I have a friend buying a house at the moment and I keep doing the "note to self: don't do that, or make that call..." I went through 2 houses yesterday and both agents were women and my eyes were wide sucking up their 'techniques' (although mine will be better of course LOL). Bit confused as to some of the antics with your experiences! Not sure why keeping such things a secret is necessary.

    xo.

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  3. Oh good luck with it all. I don't envy you in your search but no doubt you will be able to weave your magic once again!

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  4. I received a brochure from our local real estate agent yesterday - not one single address. What a waste of resources - I just dumped it.

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  5. Hope the house is still there when you visit. and yes i dont envy you your dealings with agents, they do make it extremely hard dont they. Cathyxx

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  6. Hope it goes well today and is what you are hoping for. Enjoy!

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  7. Nice! What do you think is the next up and coming suburb?

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  8. Good post and so true!!! I just hope that the real estate agents sit up and listen to the many frustrated 'potential' clients out there. Good luck with pounding the pavement today, I hope you find some success.

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  9. Yes A-M agree with all that! Oh and also hate it when they don't put a sign up (as though it's embarassing if the neighbours find out)!!! Good Luck - hope she's what you're after.

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  10. And this is why we enlisted a Buyers Agent, to cut through all the crap.
    No offence A-M's brother :)
    xx

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  11. This is my exact rant about real estate agents! There has been one house listed in my area titled "Location Location" guess whats not in the details, thats right the location.

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  12. Good luck A-M. Exciting, exciting...!! I've had pretty good experiences with real estate agents, it's those horrid rental agents that get on my goat!

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  13. Anne-Marie, no offense taken. My brother is a Quanity Surveyor (BAppSc QS) with his Master's in Project Management. He has a full Real Estate Agent's licence and is a Registered Builder... so he wears many hats and probably agrees with me! Ha, that's funny Cybill, "location, location". Had a scrabble over the property above... deal breakers?... dogs howling on both sides (those long lonely howls.... didn't stop the whole time I was there), beautiful big leopard tree in front, most likely protected so no front elevation would be seen from the street and difficult block to build on... double the fall of the last one... I can just see site and drainage costs escalating. Agent tight lipped... no price guide.. and didn't even know the frontage or zoning... too hard. Next?! A-M xx

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  14. Good luck A-M, I hope the house is still there when you go to check on it!

    Andrea

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  15. Oh I hope you find something suitable soon A-M!! Im trying to find some land at the moment but trying to find an acre or 2 at the right price is kinda difficult at the moment..... I can find the land but do I really want to live next to the highway??!!!

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  16. When I studied & got my Real Estate diploma 3 years ago, it was for fun. However, I did comtemplate a career change for a nanosecond & then realized that I wouldn't last 2 secs. in the business. I'm too honest, transparent, diligent & return/follow-up EVERY call from a client - no-one would ever employ me!
    Millie ^_^

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  17. Wow,
    Real estate market is really different in the states. It's all about getting the word out with signs, ads with $ (and generally addresses), open houses on week-ends.

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  18. Cripes, you think they would want to sell a house wouldnt you? I think we all have a few stories to tell but I do know that we were able to get an excellent price on Greystanes because there was so much in fighting between the agents at their office ie. not passing on phone calls to each other. Worked in our favour in the end!!
    alicia

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  19. Land size is irrelevant?! Is that code for I can't be bothered? How odd..Looking forward to hearing how you went with this property..Rachaelxx

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  20. Couldn't agree more. Land size is the first thing my husband and I are interested in - far more than the number of bathrooms!

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  21. That house looks like it has enormous potential--the windows! However, my husband doesn't share my views. We saw a place much like that, and he said, "I feel like a raccoon is going to jump on my face while I'm walking around here." Needless to say, we did not buy the hard-core fixer-upper.

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  22. Ooooo! Agents...some are like car sales people. The house looks like it has loads of ideas bursting from it. Was there a fire in the kitchen? The marks on the cupboards and ceiling look like fire?? The dogs would be a problem too...we have one around here and the howling is heartbreaking.
    Hope you get 'that house'
    Ness xx

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