Why are people in the Real Estate Industry NOT READY TO WORK?

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Real Estate Agent with Godzyk Real Estate Services

The question for the week is "Is Anyone Working?" It takes a team of people to get a home on the market, under contract, through the inspection process, through the mortgage process and to get that home closed. When that process breaks down becuase "someone" in the team "is not" or "did not" do their job, The result is it is near impossible to get closings to close. As one of the Leading Listing Agents here in the Manchester NH area, I take my job to seriously to represent the Seller and to complete the itens needed to get the home closed.


I am very irritated that a Closing Company took the time to contact MY seller on their own and going around me, to tell them we needed an extension until after New Years to get this closed. I was supposed to have 3 closings last week 0 of which closed for various delays from the bank, to still waiting for an appraisal after near 4 weeks to closing attorneys not wanting to work.

In the first case the buyer is ready, the seller is ready, the loan is approved but the closing company waited until the week before closing to start preparing for the closing knowning the closing date is the Thursday after Christmas. The buyers dream and goal is to be in and settled for New Years Eve as they always host the biggest parties fior their friends. This lack of being able to plan for a closing and do the work needed is putting this closing in jeopardy.

In the second case the buyer traveled near 1500 miles to NH in their moving truck to be in before Christmas. The loan officer may have a had a party to go to and left early not completing their work to get the clear to close. They are closed today... I will be happy to tell you who not to use when this ever does close.

In the third case the buyer agent taking time off was more important than assisting their buyer get the needed things to get the clear to close.

This December has been the busiest month for Real Estate in 6 years. The week before Christmas was the busiest week of Real Estate ever in 25 years on the job. In a combination of New Hampshire's strong economy, low interest rates and great prices homes are selling. The problem is no one seems to be working.

Buyers have told me stories about other RE companies not answering their phones to be surprised when I did. I was yelled at by an agent who I requested the new code to see a vacant home Christmas eve for a second showing on Dec 23? Other agents were not working, Loan Officers were not working, Closing companies were not working. The old saying is You have to make hay when the sun shines. There are sellers ready to sell, buyers ready to buy and closings ready to close. There are people who want to work as those with jobs are not seemingly doing theirs. 

Why are people in the Real Estate business not ready to work? 

Here in New Hampshire Buyers and Sellers can feel secure in knowing someone is looking out for them. That is why they trust me in Listing and Selling their home. I may not be a superhero, but i can work magic getting homes Sold.

 

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If you are looking to buy or sell a home in New Hampshire, please call us first. We strive to provide the best in personal and professional service through each step of the buying and selling process.

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It does not take magic to turn your "For Sale" sign into a "Sold" sign. it takes a full time Local Agent who specializes in Listing homes like yours.

 

If you need to sell your home and you owe more than your house is worth, i may be able to help. I specialize in working with home owners to get your home sold. There are many options such as a short sale whcih may be able to help you.

Please try and avoid out of state or out of town agents and companies that make "out of this world promises". We are local agents with experience who never charge any up front fees. WE GET RESULTS!!!

If you need to sell a home in New Hampshire I can be that agent for you. I strive to provide the best personal and professional service through each step of the selling process.

We stand by you through every step in selling your home.

 

 

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If you owe more than your house is worth, If you are behind in your payments, I may be able to help. Call me to find out how you may be able to sell your home at no additional cost to you.

Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of The Godzyk Real Estate Services located in Manchester NH. With 25 years of Real Estate experience Scott specializes in Listing and Selling Bank Owned Homes, Short Ssles, Residential Properties, Condominiums, New Construction and Investment Properties. Scott services the counties of Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Belknap. To contact Scott Godzyk please call 603-661-2121 or email sctprop@aol.com. his website is www.ScottSellsNH.com.

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Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Raymond I have noticed the same trend, thanks for the comment

December 26, 2011 09:58 AM #7
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Thank You Mike, This week it will be like dragging that engone block, a Piano and perhaps a Mack truck to reach the finish line by Friday. 

December 26, 2011 09:59 AM #8
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John Davison
Coldwell Banker - Cary, NC
Raleigh-Cary-Triangle NC

Scott,

Most Realtors, bu nature, are not hard working hustlers.  As one of your respondents noted, many are part-timers.  In addition, many Realtors got used to being order takers and now feel slighted that they don't have their weekends off or that they can't fall back on their "years of experience."  No one gives a damn how many houses you sold five, ten or twenty years ago, only what you can do for them today.  Times are tough and the hustlers are the ones who survive.  Keep doing what your doing and you'll be fine.  I wish the state of NC would impose a minimum standard number of transactions necessary to hold a license, just to weed out the license holders (I refuse to call them Realtors).  I'd pay 10x what I pay not to have a license if these jokers were out of the industry and I had the comfort of knowing that I was dealing with full-time professionals, not some bored ex-housewife who's tired of watching soaps and likes to hang around the office to have people to chat with.  Have a safe and happy holiday!

December 26, 2011 10:04 AM #9
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Malinda MontgomeryRSPS-Realtor Singer Island,FL.
One World Realty Inc. - Singer Island, FL

Hi Scott, I feel your frustrations!!!! and agree totally with you. I have so many comments on this subject, there is not enough room on the page. Christmas is difficult time but if you have to work, THEN WORK, party or not. Maybe the difference is the people involved are working 9 to 5ish type jobs and we Realtors are a 24/7. We have a different work ethic, at least most of us do. I guarentee you that if their pay was chipped away for their portion of the job not getting done in the time frame allotted, it would be a different story. 

December 26, 2011 10:06 AM #10
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Roy Kelley
Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger - Gaithersburg, MD
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Profound question, Scott.  We are having the same issues in our markets.  Some of the delay excuses are very creative and others are uncaring.  Too many are unwilling to invest the concentrated efforts that are needed to get to settlement in this market.

It is very important to have a skilled real estate professional during this time of great opportunity.  The home selection is wonderful, the prices are attractive, and the record low mortgage interest rates compel buyers to move ahead during what may be the most favorable set of circumstances they will see in their lifetimes.

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December 26, 2011 10:12 AM #11
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

John I think you hit one of the problems, for some people Real Estate is not their first priorty which means their customers are not their first rpiority and we all have to suffer for that choice. Buyers and sellers can prevent future problems by using a full time and local agent. thanks for your comment

December 26, 2011 10:18 AM #12
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Malinda that is a great ideal, That is why i get so puzzled as those who only get paid when it closes need to work harder where those who get paid anyway wont have any more work if they keep delaying closings for those who depend in them finishing their job and getting the closing to close. Simply I wont refer them to do the closing s any more.

December 26, 2011 10:21 AM #13
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Roy you have said it all, buyers are so happy and so willing to buy. Thiose agents that can see this are doing very well. I am very busy from the result of working hard. Loan officers and closing companies need to realize it is we that refer them so if they can not do their job, we need to find comopanies who will.

December 26, 2011 10:23 AM #14
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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People mentally check out this time of year.  And once you do, it's hard to get back on track.  I took Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off and I'm having a hard time getting back into gear  Will be there by two o'clock.

December 26, 2011 11:58 AM #15
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Bryan Robertson
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It's one thing to take time off and make sure contracts in process are handled.  It's another thing entirely to drop the ball, as you've outlined here.  I've had this issue at this time of year - agents and service providers checking out without giving anyone a heads up.  It gives our entire industry a bad name.

 

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December 26, 2011 12:19 PM #16
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Chris Ann i hope you had a great break. I worked until noon Saturday on the road and then too care of paperwork and answered calls while watching the Patriots game. Today it is a full day however with most places closed, it is tough. i did reach the loan officer at home and read the riot act, i reached the appraiser and he went this morning, no luck with the closing company

December 26, 2011 01:47 PM #17
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Bryan it is an excellent point. if things are being handled then great, but to take it upon yourself to just leave and and not only inconvenience but cause emotional and financial harm to buyers, they have crossed the line. thank You for the feature, 

December 26, 2011 01:49 PM #18
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Marti Steele Kilby
Steele Group Realty - La Mesa, CA
Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA

I don't care if you're working part-time, full-time, or over-time, a commitment is a commitment.  Agent, escrow officer or loan officer, if you're going to take some time off, which is of course healthy and necessary, plan for it and please communicate!

December 26, 2011 07:28 PM #19
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Marti very well said. When you are hired by a client to do a job, you also accept the responsibility to see it through in the clients best interest. not you own. thank you for your comment

December 26, 2011 07:42 PM #20
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Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Scott....it amazes me sometimes.  I used to do closings & we knew that the last 2 weeks of December (and the last week of any month for that matter) were very busy; no one got any extra time off then.  I am neurotic about talking with the closing attorney & loan officers, especially if they are not ones I have worked with before, well in advance to make sure we are on track to close on time, as I am sure you are too.   Drives me nuts when we get no cooperation from them.

December 26, 2011 08:24 PM #21
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Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales a

Sorry you had to delay those closings due to others taking time off Scott, and now that your string of bad luck is over you can look forward to a terrific 2012.

December 27, 2011 06:35 AM #22
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Christine the worst part about the closing company is they went to my seller direct, going around me and said they needed an extension. I found out when the seller called screaming.  Then I called the buyer agent who nothing. The buyer did not want an extension, the seller did not want an extension and I did not want an extension... The one hurt the most was the buyer who could not move in and spend christmas in their new home that they drove cross country to close and move into.

December 27, 2011 09:06 AM #23
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

AL I certainly hope so, fingers are crossd for two of them to close this week before New Years

December 27, 2011 09:06 AM #24
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Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Tampa Bay, Florida Real Estate

Hi Scott. Some people do take time off but I don't. It is a critical time.

December 28, 2011 11:41 PM #25
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Lana that is the best part about our job, you can take time off if you want and if you want to work you can. for me I would not want to let down the clients who are depending on me to get their home sold or get the home they are buying closed so they can be in for New Years.

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