Real Estate Agents - are they a PITA? or are they Lucrative?-- what say you...

POLL >> Real Estate Agents - are they a PITA? or are they Lucrative?

  • Real Estate Agents are a PITA

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Real Estate Agents are Lucrative

    Votes: 9 90.0%
  • I Don't do enough work for Realtors to comment

    Votes: 1 10.0%

  • Total voters
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J20770

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It depends on the agent and listing. Some want it done yesterday, some are willing to wait a few days.

Make sure the home has power and water or that you can supply those if needed. Also make sure to discuss payment BEFORE you commit to the job. Some agents are willing to pay upfront, others expect that you will wait for payment until the sale closes. That could be days to months or a year. Usually you can work with them and once you establish a rapport with them it should be smooth sailing.
 

mrotto

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funny, there have only been a couple instances where the Realtor actually paid for the job. Usually the person selling the house writes the check.

Either way, the person selling the house has put their trust in the Realtor and when the Realtor says they work with xyz painter or xyz carpet cleaner, the seller almost always goes along with that recommendation.
 
Nov 24, 2012
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you have to realize the environment they work in. Its a go, go, go job. So when they call you will need to be ready to respond right away.

Other than that, they are the best referral machines out there. They know EVERYBODY!

How do you personally manage to balance keeping an orderly stable schedule but still remaining available for when the go, go, go realtors call?
 
Nov 24, 2012
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It depends on the agent and listing. Some want it done yesterday, some are willing to wait a few days.

Make sure the home has power and water or that you can supply those if needed. Also make sure to discuss payment BEFORE you commit to the job. Some agents are willing to pay upfront, others expect that you will wait for payment until the sale closes. That could be days to months or a year. Usually you can work with them and once you establish a rapport with them it should be smooth sailing.

Do you actively go out to find Realtors or do they typically find you?

And the Realtors that you have worked for in the past, what %percentage% of them call you within a 6-12 month period?
 
Nov 24, 2012
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I have a bunch of awesome realtors that throw tons of work my way, but I also have a wont work for that realtor list because they gave jobs and never paid...

mostly its awesome


LOL... i wish i had kept a list of the deadbeats.

I wish there was a way to disqualify the deadbeats before they tie up time & resources. Somehow they always seem to sneak in.

Did your past deadbeat realtors find you via SEO or Social Media marketing or were they referred to you?
 
Nov 24, 2012
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funny, there have only been a couple instances where the Realtor actually paid for the job. Usually the person selling the house writes the check.

Either way, the person selling the house has put their trust in the Realtor and when the Realtor says they work with xyz painter or xyz carpet cleaner, the seller almost always goes along with that recommendation.


Nice.

I agree. Trust is already Built In.

No song and dance, USP, selling...etc required.
The customers are literally following orders/demands to use us.

This is Nirvana!!! - lol
 

Jim Davisson

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We work with a few, one in particular is great. Schedules ahead, doesn't care about price and pays in 2 days. She has a couple vendors for each modality that have different price points, we only get the tough carpet and tile jobs, which is totally ok. I track and reward Realtors when it's time to do work at there house, speaking to their wallet works well for jobs that require zero advertising.
 

jtsunbrite

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LOL... i wish i had kept a list of the deadbeats.

I wish there was a way to disqualify the deadbeats before they tie up time & resources. Somehow they always seem to sneak in.

Did your past deadbeat realtors find you via SEO or Social Media marketing or were they referred to you?
no they were referrals themselves
 

Patrick P.

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This was an interesting question and even more interesting comments. I am a Real Estate Broker that just purchased a carpet cleaning company. Some, not all Realtors are a great source of income. Then there are those that will stiff you. Ultimately the cost of the service is the responsibility of the property owner, however, it's almost always the Realtor that has hired or recommended you. I have hired a variety of vendors to do work before the sale or closing with the understanding that payment will be made upon closing, usually within 15-30 days from the date of service. I've had deals that fell through but I've never left my vendors hanging on the payment. I've always ensured my guys are paid even if it's out of my pocket. I said all of that to say this; it's about establishing a relationship. I always want someone that I can call on, someone that will prioritize my jobs, knowing that they don't ever have to worry about not getting paid. I recommend you establish a relationship with Realtors, make it personal to an extent. It's harder to do people wrong (not pay) that you have a relationship with. One plan that I have for my new carpet cleaning company is to do a free quarterly carpet cleaning (their residence) for my Realtor friends that refer business to me on a consistent basis. I'm almost certain they will ensure that I'm paid one way or the other for all the jobs that they send to me. Thanks for allowing me to share my thoughts. I look forward to learning a lot about this business from you all.
 

RoryGuzman

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It all depends on which real estate agent you have to work with. Not all of them are decent people, and often such people work only for their own benefit, so you should be careful when choosing a realtor.
 

mrotto

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How do you personally manage to balance keeping an orderly stable schedule but still remaining available for when the go, go, go realtors call?
so this thread was bumped and did not see your question.

So I am usually booked two weeks out on average. Almost all residential so saturdays are pretty much open for a start.

If a realtor does call and need it done within a certain time frame which is already filled, I will call some of the scheduled appointments to see if they will reschedule. I can tell you I have the BEST clients as I have never had a problem opening up a slot to clean a vacant house (these are the best)

I learned a long time ago when we did water/fire damage repair that carpet cleaning can always be moved. Unless they booked the appointment for a certain reason for that certain time, they will usually understand.
 

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