I was reminded this week that in every profession, there are those who are competent, those who are mediocre, and those who are simply unprofessional. Think of the Dentists you’ve seen in your life. The really great Dentists make it almost pleasant. Or consider plumbers, contractors, CPA’s, insurance agents, or financial advisers. Some are great, and those are the ones to keep for a lifetime. But . . . this week I had a client who tried to work with a mortgage rep to get their home loan. There are some great mortgage reps out there, but this person was not one of them. No phone calls, no communication, lack of coordination among my clients and me, and ultimately this rep drops my clients with nothing more than, “Can’t do the loan.” No purpose is served here by going into detail, because my main point is this:

When you need the services of a professional, seek out someone who is really good, and that normally means someone who has knowledge and experience, and it certainly helps if they have a good reputation for 1.) doing good work, and 2.) communicating with their clients.

I’m a Realtor, and we all know that everyone and their brother has a real estate license. That alone should be a red flag for anyone considering working with a Realtor. Real estate agents are a dime a dozen. Having been in real estate for about 30 years now, I can tell you from personal experience that this profession is like all others. We have the competent, the mediocre, and those who are . . . well, let’s just say not your best choice. This certainly isn’t front page news, right?

So the next time you are looking for a Realtor, please, for you own sake, do your homework and seek a Realtor who really is competent, trustworthy, experienced, and professional. You’ll be so happy you did.

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