Signs to Look Out for When Hiring a Real Estate Agent

by Dotson Skaggs 08/11/2019

Having to buy or sell a house is a tiring and stressful process that takes weeks, months and sometimes years to finalize. If you have been in the position of buying or selling a property before, you might have had an experience with terrible real estate agents. 

Sometimes, your instincts pick up these signs, but because you are too excited to get a new home or too anxious to sell the one you have, you ignore these warnings. 

Dealing with a wrong real estate guy might cause you problems on the long run – so much you might have to end your contract and get a better agent. Below are tell-tale signs you are about to hire a wrong guy as your real estate agent.

Bad First Impression

The first impression you make or receive goes a long way in creating trust in the real estate industry. Working with a real estate agent requires a level of confidence. A real estate agent who ignores your call the first time or asks you to meet up with them somewhere and arrives late doesn’t seem to take their job seriously. They just showed you that they unreliable and the wrong choice for the role. 

Little or No Knowledge About the Environment

Nothing else screams ‘incompetent’ than a real estate agent with no experience about your choice of area. A professional agent is quite knowledgeable about areas they cover and they should be well-versed about the characteristics of the neighborhood. 

Inflexible Schedule

An excellent real estate agent always tries to make time for clients regardless of how busy or tight a schedule. A real estate agent that allows other priorities impede clients (buyer or seller) from seeing a property or finalizing a previous negotiation may be the wrong one for the job. 

Lack of Communication and Reliability

Timely communication is essential in the real estate business; it’s what makes the difference between getting any property and getting one you like. An agent who can’t respond to your queries or return your calls in good time is the wrong choice for a real house agent. 

Not Listen to Your Demands

An agent who is not listening to your requests and need is the wrong choice. There are basic wants and needs a buyer might require from a home they want to purchase. Enlisting a real estate agent who is not ready to listen or meet your requests to attain this dream would be a mistake. 

When giving your home to a real estate to sell or when seeking for houses to buy, pay attention to these warning signs and save yourself a lot of stress.

About the Author
Author

Dotson Skaggs

Living in Denver continuously since 1960, Dotson has witnessed The Mile High City mature to become one of the nation’s top metropolitan statistical areas.  As one of Denver’s elite real estate salesman with 2,000+ homes sold and $600,000,000+ in sold volume, Dotson is annually one of the top 15 agents out of 5,000+ members with the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.

     Based on the principles of service, professionalism, and our Realtor Code of Ethics, Dotson sponsors and donates his time to numerous community service projects such as dumpster day, shredding day, a community garage sale weekend and a neighborhood young entrepreneur’s career fair.  Dotson also distributes American flags to neighborhoods for the Fourth of July, helps sponsor a neighborhood picnic, prepares and distributes HOA directories to various communities and sponsors a neighborhood annual photo session with the Easter Bunny.  Dotson also serves his fellow Realtors by volunteering on the Denver Metro Association of Realtor’s Professional Standard’s (Ethics) Committee.

     To better serve his clientele with the principles outlined above, Dotson left his own independent real estate company after 22 successful years and joined the nationally acclaimed Kentwood Real Estate in 2005.  Dotson has been blessed with the opportunity to serve countless homeowners and buyers with their individually unique and diverse needs.

     In addition to real estate, Dotson’s passions are spending time with his growing family, working out, playing golf, reading and observing the political scene.  He dreams to one day possess a golf game which is commensurate to his real estate career.  However, Dotson is also known to be overly optimistic when it comes to his golf game.

Dotson’s Favorite Quote is:  “Never Give Up.  Never Give up.  Never.  Never.  Never.”            Sir Winston Churchill (1941)

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A BRIEF SUMMARY OF DOTSON'S CREDENTIALS AND REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE:

Over 30 Years of Real Estate Experience in Negotiating the Sale, Purchase and Leasing of Property (20 Years Broker/Owner) 

Over $600 Million in Sales Volume 

2,500+ Homes Sold in the Denver Metro Area

2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Wall Street Journal - Top 100 producing agents in Denver Metro Area

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Kentwood Champion’s Club Recognizing Over $17 - $31+ Million of Annual Sales

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Denver Metro Association of Realtors Gold Roundtable of Excellence Award with $17 - $31" Million of Sales Volume 

Prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Designation

Member of the Colorado Association of Realtors’ Ethics and Professional Standards Committee for the Past 25 Years 

Member of National Association of Realtors

Member of Colorado Association of Realtors

Member of Denver Metro Association of Realtors

Member of Denver Metro Area Multiple Listing Service

     In addition to possessing a true love for assisting homeowners and buyers with their real estate needs, Dotson is just as devoted to his family's needs. In his leisure time, Dotson enjoys activities such as snow skiing, golfing and camping in the beautiful Colorado mountains.  Dotson has also contributed to the Denver Metro area community by being an active supporter in many local groups and charities. He served in the Big Brother's organization for 10 years and has supported and contributed to the American Zang Foundation. This organization provides assistance for low-income and minority students in locating, applying for and obtaining college scholarships.

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OVER 30 YEARS OF TRUST AND EXPERIENCE

SERVING THE ENTIRE DENVER METRO AREA

  • MBA, BS, CRS, GRI, ABR, CDPE, LHMI, MCNE
  • Top 10 Brokers - Denver Board of Realtors
  • Top 15 Individual Sales - Denver Board of Realtors
  • Top 10 Transactions - Denver Board of Realtor
  • More than $500 Million Career Sales and 2,500 Transactions

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EDUCATION

  • Masters of Business Administration - Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science-Business/Land Management