The purchase and sale of a home in most cases represents the largest financial asset that people possess. Wouldn’t you want someone who you already know and trust to help you navigate that process? As trust is already established, one point to share is that the agent is under the fiduciary duties in the Realtor Code of Ethics to preserve confidentiality. This assurance may relieve the concern that by working with a friend, no one else will know their personal affairs and financial situation. It goes without saying that someone who knows you has an even stronger incentive to have your best interests at heart. Candidly who would you trust more? Someone you meet randomly on the Internet or someone referred by a friend?
There is the added dilemma of what to do when many friends are real estate agents. It seems illogical not to choose any just because there are others that may be not selected and express jealousy or be upset. I happen to know a number of attorneys and CPAs and thus we have been faced with a similar situation in selecting for those services. The criteria my husband and I established is similar to that of when selecting other professional providers: who is most capable of performing to meet our needs and situation. “Trust, but verify” adage attributed to Ronald Reagan is wise counsel to follow.
Choose the agent who has a proven track record of success. This is a worthy strategy an agent can propose when presented with the situation. It came to me by a friend who is now a client. She was asked what it was like to work with a friend and responded “well, she’s the best so why wouldn’t I want to work with her.” As an agent it is my heartfelt desire to do such an incredible job that I am able to earn my friends respect and business. This is accomplished by conducting my business in a professional manner and delivering service that leaves without a doubt that working with me is a fait accompli.
Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy as well as their team of agents at HBC Group at Keller Williams are market experts in the Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and Washington, DC market place. Whether selling or buying a home, our group of professional Realtors® are delighted to be of service. Please contact via the means most convenient for you: www.HBCGroupKW.com, 703-734-0192, Homes@HBCGroupKW.com.