A Sherpa is a highly knowledgeable and trained expert who helps others on tough expeditions (originally referring to the Sherpa tribe in Nepal that helps to guide explorers up Mount. Everest)
There are a lot of moving parts in every home sale- on top of these moving parts there are also a lot of emotions. With so much value riding on the whole process going smoothly, it is helpful to have a Sherpa (see definition above) to help you along the way. These ‘Home Buying Sherpa Guides’ have a name in our industry, and they are called REALTORS! We wanted to elaborate on the value that these real estate Sherpa’s bring, which is why we sat down with 2018 GRAR President, Ryan Ogle, of Blu House Properties, to ask him how real estate agents can create value that really resonates with clients in this ever-changing industry. There are the usual traditional ways a REALTOR can bring value, but buyers and sellers at not just looking for a knowledgeable agent, they are looking for a true guide, and someone who even provides value from behind the scenes.
The value an agent can bring is much more than just getting a client into the home. They add value in many other ways, such as by being transactional. Technology will always be a great way for agents to leverage their resources and time to add value for their clients, but even with tools out there, such as Zillow or Trulia, no website or computer system knows an area as well as a local agent. Over the years, we have seen that clients will tend to rely more on an agent’s expertise and local market knowledge than any other source. Everyone involved in the process knows that this is likely the biggest purchase someone will ever make so hiring a REALTOR simply to ensure you have someone advocating for you is a value add, in and of itself.
One of the best ways to add value as an agent is by protecting the American Dream for clients. There are a lot of agents out there who love to get involved and participate to protect private property rights.
The real estate process is a journey- hire a great Real Estate Sherpa to add some value along the way!
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