I strive to understand a persons outlook and I want to understand why people do things that they do. I try to listen and add my opinion about, ohh just about everything! Some people might say that I am pig headed, bullish and perhaps stubborn. Yeah, maybe. I have my convictions but I can also see both sides (let me say I TRY), before I come to my own opinions.
When a homeowner is looking to buy or sell one of the first things that they should do is Google their area. This is a great tool to see who is active on the internet and who is not. I have written many posts about how a person should hire an agent. If you don't see your Aunt Sally's friends daughter coming up on any internet search then my first suggestion is to stay away from that agent. If the agent can not take time to get your listing onto the internet other than Realtor.Com then they are doing a huge disservice to the seller!
I came across a consumer blog which is documenting the sale of his own home and I find that it is very enlightening. He is not bashing Realtors even though he has had a "nightmare" experience. The blog HomeSellerExperience.com is a must read for anyone who is looking to buy or sell their home. This would be a great example of consumers educating themselves. The gentleman even joined the Active Rain Blog to read what other Realtors were talking about. When he first joined Active Rain, he felt that this would be equivalent to the "My Space" for Realtors, which he might be sort of right. His blog is very informative and he even has his home for sale on his blog (Nice Touch!). All in all, his last post on Active Rain was show stopping and I give him kudos for educating himself!
Mr. HomeSellerExperience.com has great articles like:
Are there any other Fsbo Sites that I have missed?