(Note: this article originally appeared on www.thebrokeagent.com)
1. Print Everything Out
Print out your listing presentation and comps the night before. Everyone knows what can happen at the company printer the morning you actually need something. Save yourself the stress and get it all over with before you go to bed.
2. Wash Your Car & Fill It With Gas
Do not show up late or in a dirty car. The seller wants to know they are being represented by a boss who keeps things clean. Also, if you are driving a mini van, Prius, or any type of truck I recommend borrowing someone’s car for the day. You aren’t a soccer mom, you aren’t an idiot, and you aren’t moving planks of wood all day.
3. Google Your Seller
No this is not creepy, it’s smart. People want to work with people they can relate to. Find out some information on this person. Where did they go to school? Where did they grow up? Are they married? Finding commonalities with your potential seller can be a deciding factor in their decision to choose you. No, you haven’t sold anything in the area and you have no idea what to list the house for, but you were both Buckeyes so who gives a shit!?
4. Have Your Outfit Ready & Be As Attractive As You Can
Don’t dress too flashy or too casual. You aren’t a Kardashian and you aren’t Russell Westbrook. If you are a guy, make sure have your scruff at the perfect length if you can rock it. If you are a girl, wear the perfect amount of makeup. You don’t want to look like Lady Gaga. Also, if you have a man bun you should cut it off immediately.
5. Know Where You Are Going
Sometimes it’s good to drive by the house before to checkout the parking situation. I once showed up to a listing presentation and bottomed out on the driveway. The seller came out yelling, so naturally I turned around, drove home, and turned off my phone. Parking may not seem like a big deal until you are five minutes late and you have to park in red. Not only did you not get the listing, but you got a $60 ticket that you will forget to pay as the icing. Know where you are going.
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