What does this have to do with your choice of REALTOR when you are involved in real estate investing? It really doesn’t. But it does provide another great teaching point.
A couple month’s back my wife was really out of sorts and out of character. Her doctor didn’t know what was going on and so I sent her to mine. To my doctor’s credit she picked up right away that this was probably Graves Disease. She prescribed the right medicine and recommended a specialist.
We saw that specialist today. He really made us feel comfortable. And as I sat there listening to him speak I was prepared for everything. Marie and I had spent hours on the internet learning about Graves Disease. The good, the bad and the ugly.
What he said was NO SURPRISE to me at all. I had already read about it. Heck, I even knew before he said it what medicines he was going to prescribe and what the treatment plan would look like.
Then he said it. My doctor had prescribed the right medicine, but he was upping the dose 600%. I said six hundred percent!
Now, let’s understand each other. I’m not mad at my doctor. She is a general practitioner who immediately recognized that what the problem was and immediately ran tests. As soon as her suspicions were confirmed she sent us to a specialist. That’s her job. And she did it well.
Again, Chris, what does this have to do with real estate investing? Everything.
I’m not against you thinking you know as much as a real estate professional when it comes to buying or selling a home. I realize you’ve done it once or twice or six times. (Sometimes I have six closings in a month.) And I know you’ve read four books on owning and managing income property.
I’m also fully aware that you belong to two real estate investing clubs, have an uncle that owns two rental homes and attended a short sales seminar that was put on for only $395.
But damn it, when my wife’s health and well being is at stake I’m going to the specialist. He did not say one thing I didn’t research on the internet. Well, check that. If I had read on the internet and then prescribed my wife medicine I probably wouldn’t have gotten the dosage right. And maybe I would have missed a symptom or two and had the wrong disease altogether.
What does he charge? Who cares? Can I find someone to do it cheaper? Who cares? Am I going to argue with him about everything?
Now, about your finances. Do you want to wing it from something you researched on the internet? Or do you think in the long run, at the very least, that you would be better off working with someone who specializes in the real estate field with a double major concerning real estate investments?
If you are outside of Kansas City just count this as the rantings of an evil REALTOR only bent on making a commission. But I beg you, if you are in Kansas City and interested in real estate investing, please seek my help. Don’t gamble your future. I will cost you some money. Money well spent.