Reader Question: My husband and I will be selling our third home soon. In all of our past buying and selling transactions, we have experienced some degree of angst somewhere in the process. After three purchases and two sales, we want everything to go smoothly from start to finish this time. We are looking for a real estate agent that ensures the entire process goes well. Is it unrealistic for us to hold this expectation?
Monty’s Answer: The realm of service businesses extends to every facet of our lives, from medicine to public utilities and everything in between. We depend on others for help with most everything we do. We, humans, have a common fault, we all make mistakes. In the real estate transaction, there are many different people involved that the consumer does not interact with, but whose tasks or decisions can influence outcomes, many of which can throw a wrench into the process. Perfect real estate transactions happen, but many associated conditions can create some angst along the way. Here are a few insights regarding the practice of real estate that may help you attain a smooth transaction.