Customer Service – the Real Estate Revolution

Traditionally, real estate has been viewed as a sales industry. But perceptions are changing. Agents around the country are coming to believe that the key to real estate success is service – not sales.

Competition and technology now give customers almost unlimited choices, so agents are having to work harder and spend more to win listings. They’re discovering that business success comes from repeat business and word-of-mouth.

Loyalty Is Key

Loyalty and good-will can’t be bought, not even with the sale of a house. Customers like to be treated with honesty, respect, and integrity. They want realistic and accurate property appraisal. They want an agent who commits to action. Your client must be able to speak to someone who can help them when they call. Make your office welcoming and inviting, they don’t want their intelligence insulted by advertising. 

Agents with a business sense know that if they can provide this customer service, they’ll have a real edge on their competitors. 

The sale is still critical, but it’s part of a greater whole – almost like a critical KPI (Key Performance Indicator). It’s based on the simple premise: serve and you will sell. The premise holds because all the prerequisites of a sale are intrinsic to good customer service. The price is realistic, the marketing is intelligent, the advertising appropriate, and commitments are made and kept. 

5 Quick Tips for Finding a Service-Oriented Agent

1) Ask to see references: It’s not that much different from a job interview. Think of the agent as the job seeker, and encourage them to prove their customer service qualifications. The right agent will be only too happy to provide as many references as you’d care to see. 

2) Analyze their business growth: Assuming their references are in order, ask after their business growth. References provide you with qualitative evidence of customer focus. You should supplement this with something quantitative. If the agent is still growing rapidly in today’s environment, then they must be doing something right. 

3) Analyze their market share: Like growth, market share can be an indicator of customer focus. Ask what their share of the target market is. 

4) Observe their behavior: Do they return phone calls? Do they commit to action? Do they meet their commitments? Are they punctual? Do they keep you informed? Do they remember the important details you provide them? 

5) Gauge access to staff: When you first called, did you get to speak to someone who could help you? If not – if they took your name and number and told you they’d get someone to call you back, this might be indicative of their customer service approach.

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