Something we all share in common is how at one time or another we have been or will be a “layperson.” Other than the strict religious meaning, a layperson is considered to be a person without professional or specialized knowledge in a particular subject. Specialized knowledge is the “elephant key” of local area, neighborhood #RealEstate and REALTORS® are the professionals who possess this invaluable tool. With the recent merger of powerhouses Zillow and Trulia, there is considerable debate as to the effect the combo will have on the real estate industry and its customers. The one, resounding consensus seems to be that real estate agents and brokers aren’t going away any time soon. A large part of this is not wishful thinking on the part of those of us in the profession but due to the tangible and intangible keys to human relationships, specialized knowledge and acquired skill-sets. These all continue to require the expert guidance of human hands and learned foresight of the human mind to be effective, rewarding and safe during even the smoothest of real estate transactions.
As a REALTOR®, when I take my car to the mechanic for repairs, I’m a layperson about auto repairs. But when the auto mechanic needs to buy a home, the positions of “expert” and “layperson” reverse. The mechanic becomes the layperson because the issue at hand is regarding real estate, not auto repairs. This is not to say that I know nothing about automobiles or that the mechanic knows nothing about real estate. The safest, most reliable and often times “insured” or “guaranteed” choice is that it is best for the REALTOR® to handle the real property transaction, and the mechanic to handle the real repairs to the brakes!