I want to talk about the difference between salespeople versus order takers. Most are surprised to know that 87% of Realtors fail and leave the business within 5 years. This means that only 13% have been around since 2018.

We often see real estate agents leave the business when the market shifts. 2023 is no exception, and with real estate closings down significantly year to date, we expect more to leave the business when board fees become due at the end of year.

Skills Based Market

The 2023 Southwest Florida real estate market is a skills-based market. Only the best salespeople will survive because there are less transactions to go around. A few years ago, anyone could sell a home because the market drove sales. In many cases, you just had to show up with a blank contract in hand and write it. Buyers and sellers didn’t seek out the best agents because in their mind it didn’t make a difference. They just wanted someone there now! I would argue that did cost some of them, but that’s another story.

Sellers Need Salespeople Versus Order Takers Now

Today, things are different. Homes do not sell in a day, and certainly not with 50 offers each. It takes marketing and salesmanship to get the job done. Agents need to learn to probe deeper and find out what’s going on. When a buyer says no, there might be more to the story. Overcoming an underlying issue that has nothing to do with what the buyer said may make the difference.

salespeople versus order takers

Often the buyer’s first objection is not the real objection. Too many times we see agents solving for the objection they heard versus probing for the true objection. When agents spend time and energy solving an objection that isn’t even real, they’ve wasted an opportunity.

Imagine you were playing a game of Find and Seek. If you took the clues down the road on the right and spent all your time there, you’d be disappointed to find out the object was on the road to the left. You would have wasted all your time looking for something that was never there.

Isolate Objections

Buyers don’t intentionally lie. They throw out objections to slow the process down, because they are afraid, or they have not thought enough about what they truly want. A skilled agent learns to isolate the objection. By isolating the objection, you can determine if you chose the right road, or if you need to ask more questions. No sense spending time on the wrong road. It’s hard enough to find solutions on the right road, let alone choosing the wrong road.

This is why sellers today need salespeople versus order takers more than ever. When the going gets tough, 87% get out of the business. When you hire an agent, you want to know three things.

  1. Your agent will be there until your house sells, not quit the business.
  2. The agent you choose has been through a shifting market like this before and survived.
  3. Your agent has a plan to sell your home and overcome objections.

Experienced agents who thrived in up, down, and sideways markets give you your best chance because they have a track record. You have something to grade them by. When you hire a less experienced agent, you hire them because you like them. Liking an agent is very different than hiring the best agent. This is your home, your money, your life, and your success.

Always Call the Ellis Team

Sande and Brett Ellis have worked in the greatest Boom SW Florida may ever see, and the greatest Bust we may ever see, along with every shift in between. Today’s shift is easy peasy for us, because we’ve been here before and we thrive in a shift. We have the skills you need to sell! People skills never go out of style, and they are needed today. Call us at 239-310-6500.

If you’re an agent who is struggling, give us a call. We have sales positions available and leads. Our coaching and leads might just help you stay in this business and save your career.

Good luck, and Happy Selling!

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