Does anyone know the answer? I don’t. There used to be a time when saying “I’m not interested” worked.
With the property market cooling down I see evident signs of estate agents starting to panic as their commission based salaries are starting to take big hits. They’ve had an easy ride for long enough; unfortunately Disney land is about to close.
It’s only during times like these it’s easy to spot the difference between a good and bad agent. At one point the market was so vibrant that any old’ fool in a cheap suit could sell property because the demand was there. Now it’s getting to the point where skill and talent is what is going to make those sales. I guess that means 98% of estate agents should be looking for a career change.
During these desperate times I’ve been getting a barrage of phone calls from various estate agents that are trying to push properties onto me. I get the impression they can’t sell for neither love nor money at the moment, so they’re cold-calling in an act of desperation. They really must be desperate to call everyone in their books to sell property. I mean, how many people have that much money lying around? It’s not like they’re trying to sell tins of baked beans. The success rate from cold-calling must be 1 /200, if they’re lucky.
I’m in about 3 or 4 local estate agents books, purely because I used them when I previously purchased property. They’ve all been harassing me on a daily basis. One agent even called me every day for over 3 weeks. I ignored every single one of his calls because I didn’t have the patience to get tangled into a conversation with him. You have to be in some kind of delusional trance to try and call someone on a daily basis for 3 weeks just to tell them about the latest properties on the market. Harassing someone isn’t good practice; it’s just an act of desperation and highlights the inability of an agent.
I made it clear to all of them that they shouldn’t call me unless they find me a property that is at least 15% under market value. Of course they didn’t pay any attention to my humble request; they were persistent on calling with offers of alternative properties at market value, if not above. Idiots.
Here’s two not-so bullet-proof excuses that won’t stop agents from harassing you.
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