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Agents in Wonderland: Why Listening to Real Estate "Experts" is Like Following the Hare into the Hole -- and Ending Up in WONDERLAND

"The expert I've just read has so many awards and accolades, and books, and TV appearances, and blah, and blah and blah.  All about their vast and wide knowledge of real estate.  They offer: advice, consultation, etc."

They spend so much time yapping that they don't have time to get a license!

For those that have ever read a real estate "Ask the Real Estate Person Expert" or other such column, one question keeps popping up in my mind (does it pop up in yours?):  Are they even licensed?

I just got through reading one article, and I'm going to ask/answer my own question on the author's license status:  Probably not.

Yes, for us licensed folks who are in the trenches day-in-day-out, it's a real slap in the face of the profession.  But, who am I to question? 

The expert I've just read has so many awards and accolades, and books, and TV appearances, and blah, and blah and blah.  All about their vast and wide knowledge of real estate.  They offer: advice, consultation, etc.

But, when I read their CV the most glaring omission is . . . no licenseNot even a mention of having ever represented a buyer or seller in a real estate transaction.

Hmmmm . . . in any other profession that requires a professional license, we'd all be in trouble if we tried to give advice, or pass off our expertise to others sans a license.  But, in real estate, apparently . . . go for it!!

Is this good advice?:  When buying a home, it's not worth the buyer spending the money for an appraisal.

The expert didn't think so, because the lender gets the appraisal before granting the loan.  Ergo, buyer doesn't need to spend the money for an appraisal.

Yes, an appraisal is ordered by the lender, but the way I read the "advice" it's as if the costs isn't born by the buyer . . . it's the lender's appraisal.  The buyer ALWAYS PAYS for the appraisal*.  Some lenders require the appraisal to be paid in advance, and some take it as a closing cost.  Cash buyers often obtain appraisals, especially during a short sale negotiation where the value is in question and they might not want to rely on the BPO. 

When experts don't even speak "real estate lingo" . . . I KNOW I just went down the rabbit hole and ended up in Wonderland.  I'm not making it up, the expert wrote that the lender grants the loan.  I never knew lenders granted loans.  They approve loans. "Grants" are something entirely different.  It would be really GREAT if lenders granted loans.  But they don't.

Perhaps a small oversight, but any real estate agent worth their salt would never write a blog about the lender "granting" a loan, or even utter . . . the lender grants the loan.

So we blog, and blog, and blog . . . and experts (who probably aren't even licensed) get their articles full of holes published for the vast, and very wide range of consumers to read . . . and become even more misinformed.

Find a REALTOR® -- perferably one that knows the difference between lenders granting loans and lenders approving loans. 

Find a REALTOR® -- perferably one that can explain appraisals, fees and cost.

 

 

*Closing costs can be written up to include seller's concessions.  Appraisal fees are on the Buyer's HUD-1.

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About the Authors - Updated 2018

If you are considering a Traditional or Short Sale of your home in Phoenix, Scottsdale or any location in Maricopa County Arizona, you owe it to yourself to talk with the BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty to determine whether Tony and Suzanne Marriott are the best real estate Brokers in the Phoenix and Scottsdale metropolitan area to help you with the Successful Sale of your home.

Tony and Suzanne have personally Listed, Sold and Closed more than a hundred Short Sales with the highest list to close rate in the Phoenix Metro Area!

Tony Marriott - Chief Operating Officer - BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Suzanne Marriott - Chief Learning Officer - BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Associate Brokers, REALTORS
BVO Luxury Group
Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Comments

Thanks for the re-blog.  You're right about the yapping!  :-)  I've always wondered how "experts" can get away without even being licensed. 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 8 years ago

Carla I was remiss in the early days - just now catching up with comments from blog posts since day 1 - thanks for the comment - hope you are still in the 'Rain!  

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 3 years ago

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Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 3 years ago

Planning to sell your home in Scottsdale, Arizona?  Give us a call for a free, no obligation, consultation!  Haven Express

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Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 3 years ago

Planning to sell your home in Scottsdale, Arizona?  Give us a call for a free, no obligation, consultation!  Haven Express

Listed, Sold and Closed 100% of listings taken (dozens of them) since June 2011!

Real Estate.  It's What We Do. Best!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 3 years ago

Planning to sell your home in Scottsdale, Arizona?  Give us a call for a free, no obligation, consultation!  Haven Express

Listed, Sold and Closed 100% of listings taken (dozens of them) since June 2011!

Real Estate.  It's What We Do. Best!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 3 years ago

Planning to sell your home in Scottsdale, Arizona?  Give us a call for a free, no obligation, consultation!  Haven Express

Listed, Sold and Closed 100% of listings taken (dozens of them) since June 2011!

Real Estate.  It's What We Do. Best!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 3 years ago

Planning to sell your home in Scottsdale, Arizona?  Give us a call for a free, no obligation, consultation!  Haven Express

Listed, Sold and Closed 100% of listings taken (dozens of them) since June 2011!

Real Estate.  It's What We Do. Best!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 3 years ago

Planning to sell your home in Scottsdale, Arizona?  Give us a call for a free, no obligation, consultation!  Haven Express

Listed, Sold and Closed 100% of listings taken (dozens of them) since June 2011!

Real Estate.  It's What We Do. Best!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 3 years ago

Planning to sell your home in Scottsdale, Arizona?  Give us a call for a free, no obligation, consultation!  Haven Express

Listed, Sold and Closed 100% of listings taken (dozens of them) since June 2011!

Real Estate.  It's What We Do. Best!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 3 years ago

Planning to sell your home in Scottsdale, Arizona?  Give us a call for a free, no obligation, consultation!  Haven Express

Listed, Sold and Closed 100% of listings taken (dozens of them) since June 2011!

Real Estate.  It's What We Do. Best!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 3 years ago

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