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Top 10 Common Myths Shared by Homebuyers* Myth #1

Myth #1: All agents are the same.

The general public thinks that everyone that has a real estate license is the same.  The Rebac article* poses a great example: "Does everyone with a driver's license operate a vehicle the same way?  Of course not! Drivers approach the road differently. Realtors do vary considerably in their approach to their job as well." Some realtors are part time and do not take the job of assisting you in your most important investment seriously.  Real estate designations are another way to gauge agents that are serious about their job.  An agent with designations shows they are committed to learning to serve you better. REBAC further asks, "Would you rather hire an accountant or a certified accountant?" Just like sellers, buyers should squash this myth and interview at least three agents before you make an informed decision about who you want to work with. Preview my previous post about the Top 10 questions you should ask before hiring your next agent.  Many of these questions apply to buyers agents as well!

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Stay tuned for more myths to come...

*The series is adapted from the REBAC article published October 2008, 10 Common Myths Shared by First Time Homebuyers in Buyer's Rep.

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Comment balloon 9 commentsMichele Reneau • October 29 2008 09:05AM


Great Post..I always find that I read listings of agents with creditials more then those without... Seriously. I think maybe my eyes are drawn to that first.

Posted by Chris Hill, Your Southern Maryland Real Estate Professional (Century 21 New Millennium) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the post. I'm looking forward to the rest of the list. The same could be said for the mortgage industry!

Posted by Home Loan Search.Online (Home Loan Search Online) over 10 years ago


Interesting post.  Why do you think that "myth" exists?  Sadly I think it is because there is such a huge number of RE agents who don't know how to market themselves.  Look at the short descriptions beside most of the agents that show up on a search page for an area and it gets tough to choose.  Looks like a bunch of "Me Too"s.

The article you're referencing is written from a practitioner's point of view, not from a consumer's.  It counsels buyers what they should do, not what we as professionals should do.

Telling a market what to do never works.  Giving them what they want is what gets their attention.

Just something to think about.

Mike Michaud, Custom Homes AT COST by North Texas Help-U-Build, part of the Preferred Builders Network of Texas

Posted by Mick Michaud, Your Texas Lifestyle is Here! (Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107) over 10 years ago

Chris-I don't know why that is either, but I think maybe it's because I know what the commitment means or because the alphabet soup at the end of the name just draws the eye. :)

Darrell-Please feel free to adapt and post for mortgage folks.

Mike-The myth exists for whatever reason and I think the reasons could go on forever.  I understand how the original article was written and I state that I adapted it, specificially so I could address the consumer.  I think the article clearly discusses how the practictioner need to work to overcome these myths by educating buyers, not so much on counseling the buyers since the audience of the original article is RE agents.  (Not sure if I misread your post.)

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) over 10 years ago


Nice post....very pertinent....I look forward to your series....

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) over 10 years ago

Hi Michele,

You did a great job on this one! The comparison of the real estate agents and the drivers and drivers licenses and how they operate was a great one- great drives the issue home! NOT all agents are the same. One agents idea of great customer service can be totally different than anothers.

To those SC buyers or sellers, trust Michele- she knows what she's talking about! I have had the privlege of "knowing" her for the last few months and she is on top of her game and knows how to get the job done, and get it done right! Call her if you are interested in buying or selling with a true expert!

Thanks, again, Michele!

Kind Regards, Nicole Weidauer

The Egerer & Weidauer Team, Keller Williams Realty North Seattle

Posted by Nicole Weidauer (Keller Williams Greater Seattle) over 10 years ago

Dan-Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole-So kind as always. Wouldn't it be nice if all agents had the same idea of customer service. Then realtors would not have such a bad rap...

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) over 10 years ago

Michele, good little mini-series that you have started here.  My suggestion is that you put these little tidbits onto a postcard and mail to a farm area.  One card every two weeks until you get your name established there.  Seems like you will have enough material for quite a few mailings to them.

Posted by Lisa Friedman, Central New Jersey Real Estate (Alliance Realtors) over 10 years ago

Lisa-Thanks for the tip! I'm creating a e-card drip campaign with this info for visitiors to my website.


Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) over 10 years ago

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