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Don't hire a full time agent who only works part time!

When selling your Tredyffrin Easttown or Main Line home, there are lots of mistakes you can make from pricing your home too high, not preparing it correctly for sale or making showings complicated or difficult.

But one you may slip into without realizing it is hiring a full time agent who only works part time. Lots of agents today have started not working weekends, so if a buyer agent wants to present you with an offer it has to wait till Monday and maybe by then the buyer has had second thoughts. Don't you want to get that offer on Saturday afternoon or evening when the buyer is excited and ready to negotiate. Not days after they wrote it up and then thought about all the things that don't work in the house for them.

These same agents often don't work evenings either, so if an offer comes in after 6.00 pm yes that's right you won't see it till the next business day. Why let the buyer sleep on it, let's get negotiating and get the deal wrapped up. Why give the buyer advantages in the negotiation game.

Let me tell you, if I am listing my home, I want my agent ready to receive and present offers when they come in. I don't want to find out two days later the buyer changed their mind because I had not seen the offer quickly enough or they saw another home on Sunday or the following morning and bought that instead.

Make sure you select the right agent and your full time agent is really full time and they are ready to present offers when they are received.Stand out in the crowd

 

If you want full time customer service give me a call, don't just choose any agent, call the right agent.

I handle buyer and seller clients in Tredyfrrin Easttown and all along the Main Line providing full time service to all my clients. I answer  email, calls or texts or get back to you quickly if I am with another client. 

Call or contact me now, Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Selling the Main Line with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543 email Nick@VandekarTeam.com, website www.SellingtheMainLine.com

 

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Comment balloon 26 commentsNick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • February 13 2018 07:52PM

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Hello Nick and Trudy,  You are 100% right on this subject.  I see this happen so many time on expires and they tell me afterward that it was a part time agent.  Can I reblog this sometime?

 

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 6 months ago

Will Hamm feel free, I am encoumtering this more and more, especially along with the team concept, no one wants to work.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 6 months ago

You are right, Nick. But I'll be the first to admit, that unless I'm negotiating I'm not to be considered available 24/7. I put in 60-70 hours each week easily and if that's not being a full time agent I don't know what is. And I've yet to lose a "deal" because I put some limits on my availability.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 6 months ago

Nick I am a full time agent working full time hours, there are limits but very few for me, if you are an A buyer I am there for you if you are a B buyer most of the time if you are a C buyer during business hours, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 6 months ago

Good morning Nick.  It is important to have an agent that is available and responsive.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 6 months ago

Nick, I see No weekend deadlines all the time in MLS, how can you NOT work weekends?

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago

Nick, I've seen a growing trend of no weekends and it surprises me. Not sure how an agent can not work weekends but, then again it goes back to your point of hiring and agent that truly works full time. We all have limits and boundaries but, not working weekends is a stretch IMO.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 6 months ago

Good morning Nick. It is hard to believe that any agent would decide they are a 9-5 person. Wrong profession.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 6 months ago

Nina Hollander I am amazed by agents instructions on their listings for presenting offers saying weekends your offer is not going to be presented. 

Endre Barath, Jr. whilst the post relates to buyers agents I was really thinking about listing agents who are not available after hours or at weekends.

Absolutely right Gabe Sanders and who answers their phone.

Joan Cox totally agree, choose another business.

 

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 6 months ago

Amanda S. Davidson so agree with you. This is something I am going to begin mentioning on listing consultations as part of my spiel.

Sheila Anderson you got it, move on and stop damaging our reputation.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 6 months ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ~ hi Nick... we do have agents here in the south that do not work on Sundays... and both their clients and other agents know that upfront.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 6 months ago

I believe some agents play mind games with themselves saying they work full time when in fact they are parttime workers giving the business only 20-30 hours a week. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 6 months ago

Good advice. I remember thinking I could do real estate part-time and stay on air as a morning radio personality in Portland. Let's just say it sounded great in theory - it just didn't translate well. How could I show property or service a listing client when I was on the air from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM daily with all sorts of public appearance responsibilities? I couldn't. Less than a year later, decided to quite radio and do Real Estate full-time. Believe it or not, the hours are better in Real Estate. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 6 months ago

Debbie Reynolds I like that thought. 

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I don't think these agents consider themselves part time, that is what is so amazing. They just don't want to work weekends and evenings.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 6 months ago

We have to be available for our clients. Not responding to offers in a timely fashion doesn't work for me or my clients.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 6 months ago

Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS as technology improves I think we are all becoming more and more demanding of others as well as ourselves.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 6 months ago

Nick and Trudy, The thing is many of those agents consider themselves full time. We all need time off but I always do wonder about the agents that take every weekend off!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, Sitterle Homes (Sitterle Homes) 6 months ago

Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert I don't understand this mentality at all.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 6 months ago

Great post Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  I can think of so many more reasons  not to hire a part time agent but you did a fantastic job . So happy Carol Williams  Featured this in Second Chance .. I missed this one

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 5 months ago

Hi Nick and Trudy

You raised an important point, and part of that is setting expectations so all parties know and understand availability, especially during negotiations.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 5 months ago

Hannah Williams thank you, stay warm spring is almost here,meet up weather soon!

Jeff Dowler when I see all the times an agent cannot be reached I letmy clients know this may take a little longer to get answers.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 5 months ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  agents here are very unresponsive -but Yes even if it is just we three

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 5 months ago

Hi Nick and Trudy- I can't imagine an agent who would take the weekends off and not present an offer until Monday! Thanks to Carol Williams for featuring this. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 5 months ago

     If listing agent has a Fiduciary with the Seller, they MUST present that offer ASAP.

    Our offers have a "time for acceptance" blank.  Agents typically give 24 hours, sometimes 48, unless MLS instructs otherwise (out of town Seller, REO, etc.)   Regardless of how much time the Buyer allows for acceptance, it's imperative to get those offers in front of the Seller.   That Seller needs time to review, think it over, consult CPA, whatever. 

     Also, it's rare, but an offer can be rescinded prior to acceptance.  I don't want a Buyer getting remorse while I shoot up the entire 48 hours before getting the offer to the Seller. 

     Taking off Sunday morning for church, or Saturday for Sabbath is one thing... but the entire weekend?  No.

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) 5 months ago

That's a sad commentary on someone's work ethic - clearly we are a service business that needs to have non-standard 9-5 hours. Are you saying this is a common practice in your area?

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) 5 months ago

Kathy Streib don't understand it either.

Fred Griffin and Margaret Goss this started a few years ago with a certain large national broker telling their agents they need to organize their lives and to set their boundaries. Now when they list, in the MLS they give the presentation of offers, it states very clearly that any offers received after 5 pm on Friday will not be presented till Monday morning. Also all dates in the contract that fall on a weekend must be extended to fall on a weekday. Totally mystifies me. Who are they serving the client or themselves.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 5 months ago

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