If you are one of those who have experienced being part of the buying and selling process in the property business, then chances are you may have encountered or dealt with these kinds of estate agents before:
The slob – The unshaven face, the unkempt hair, the strong body odour, the coffee stains on their shirt; you would be forgiven if you mistakenly identified the slob as a homeless person. Prepare to be shocked when your stereotypical projection of an estate agent in suit and tie come crashing down as soon as you crossed paths with the slob.
Don’t be surprised if he/she turns up wearing a hoodie and flip-flops while smelling like they missed their yearly shower, all while trying to sell to you what may be the biggest property deal that they will ever have. The slob also seem to have no sense of understanding of the term “professional attire” and has zero sense of remorse for his presentation.
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The overly dressed agent – The direct opposite of the slob in terms of appearance. Granted, a person in suit and tie is viewed as a person who’s both professional and confident in what they are doing, and it’s not wrong for an agent to show up in their suit and ties, but it’s not always necessary.
Imagine if you are attempting to rent a small unit in a low end apartment. You arrange to meet up with your agent during the weekends and you are in your t-shirt and shorts – but in comes along an agent, all dressed in formal attire as if he is about to sell you a holiday home in Dubai. Besides the fact that you may feel uncomfortable and slightly underdressed, it also shows that the agent lacks confidence in in sealing the deal hence they have come dressed up to impress.
Mr. Know-it-all – Claims to know everything about property like it’s their middle name. Bombards you with countless jargon and statistics that will leave you scrambling to put 2 and 2 together after a brief conversation with him/her. You’ll be glad that your brain did not explode from the overwhelming information when he/she finally stops yapping.
They will explain to you redundant information such loan tenure, floating rate loans and the base lending rates when all you asked was the price for a unit, just to gloat to you that they are highly knowledgeable in their field and to prove to you that they are the ideal agent.
The “Kiasu” – Unethical, afraid to lose out to other agents and always wants to be on the top of things. Will do just about anything in the dirty book to sabotage other deals including ripping signage of other agents, formulating lies and posting a ton of their own signage at one property.
Can be also be found posting the same ads for the same lot on multiple property portals to drown out competition, thus tricking potential buyers that he/she has a different lot. The only plus point is that the property industry is a small one, so people will soon learn to avoid these agents.
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The irresponsible/Don’t want to get involved agent – Also known as the magician for his/her ability to mysteriously vanish when they are needed most.
Thinks that their only responsibility is to show buyers around properties and negotiate deals but after the Sale & Purchase (S&P) is concluded and they claim their loot, leave clients in the dark on what to do and to sort out their own mess. Oh and did we mention that they inhibit typical Malaysian culture for not being punctual and are always late? Waiting for them to show up on time is like waiting for snow to fall in Malaysia.
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