Some of my peers don’t believe I should be providing the information I do on this blog, http://www.slowatch.com/, and on my SloCountyHomes.com site. They’ve rather be the key holder to information that they control. I was delighted to see this message today from the President of the National Association of REALTORS:
“Give Consumers the Facts”
This is what I strive to do with all my sites. I approach everything I do thinking that if I am a Buyer or Seller of real estate on the Central Coast, what information would I want to know. A home transaction is one of the most expensive transactions that you will make in your lifetime and the more educated you are, the better the chances you will make the right decisions. I don’t agree that a Realtor should be the gatekeeper of all information. Sure, there is valuable information that a Realtor brings to the table as part of their service but facts about houses on the market or current and historical market statistics is something everyone should have access to.
The lack of info to clients isn’t always because the Realtor is purposely keeping it from them. They just may not know. Ask a Realtor what the current months of inventory is for the cities they focus on and what the trends are. I think you’ll be surprised with the answers (or non-answers) you receive. If that’s knowledge that you expect a Realtor to know that is guiding you on your financial transaction, then I’d definitely ask the question!
I’ve assembled a great team of REALTORS throughout the Central Coast to assist you. They complement the online services I offer and I feel the combination provides the best service you’ll find from any other Brokerage. I hope you give us the opportunity to assist you if you’re looking to Buy or Sell real estate here on the Central Coast.
We’re always looking to improve our services too. You need to stay on your toes and modify your services as the market or industry changes. Here’s a good question to ask…
“Do you have 10 years of experience…or 1 year of experience that you’ve repeated 9 times?”
Looking at an agent’s Internet offerings is a good way to gauge the answer to this question to see how current they are with todays real estate industry.