A few comments on Realtor bashing- I think Real Estate is simply a sensitive profession. When it comes to money and advice- most people get scared or insecure and want to point fingers. "I got screwed by my lawyer!" -A similair field...
Before I was licensed and when I bought my first home- I remember loving my Realtor for the first 3 months, then hating my Realtor the next few months because I thought my property had mold on the outside, then hating my Realtor worse because my value didn't seem to be going up as fast as my friends' homes were, then loving my Realtor when I found out the mold on the outside of my home was a common kind, and loving my Realtor more when I realized the price of my home skyrocketed..
None of these were controllable factors by my Realtor- I was just a panicky first time buyer and I was scared of the world around me and of the liability that was my home.
With that said, I think a good honest Realtor should take the criticisms for "Realtors in general" with a grain of salt and consider the source. -Probably someone bitter at the hefty commissions...
But let's face it, there are some jackass Realtors out there! Some just want to make a sale and every comment is catered towards closing on a property. They are confused as to the job description. -Instead of providing a service they consider it a sales job. I love the cell phone commercial poking fun at the Realtor- "It's a buyers market", and the next statement, "It's a seller's market baby!" Followed by, "No I haven't been drinking"..
There was a Sales Agent on a new-build community I was watching who would say to every person walking in, "Do you have what it takes to be a homeowner today?" And, "I think this is your lucky day, I've got just the unit to show you!".. -What a Pathetic cheeseball I wanted to puke all over his suit!
This is why I don't get offended. I simply relate. When the need for a Realtor comes- the honest ones become invaluable!
It is my belief that many of the "true modernists" don't make a ton of money, but instead, plug away and educate themselves thoroghly on materials, design schemes, and make every penny and decision count on the remodel of their home. Then they watch as some deep-pocketed investor buys the house next door and slaps a coat of stucco on the nice brick exterior, and plants trees that don't compliment the neighborhood, and cleans up with a sick amount of profit and leaves without a trace. Most confuse Realtors with Investors in this scenario since the only rememberable trace was a Real Estate for sale sign before and after the integrity of the home was stripped. Some blame Realtors for the price jumps as if it was us controlling the market. However, when the time comes to move or upgrade or change homes there are a select few names of Realtors who seem to dominate the neighborhood, and this isn't by luck. -It's by fairness, passion, reliability and honesty- if not- why so few percentage of FSBO's?
Again- just some thoughts, I could be way off..