I have always been a believer in the "do unto to others" approach to sales. I don't enjoy high-pressure sales tactics - so why should I engage in them? Apparently, I'm not alone. The public has made it clear that it is totally fed up with the "in your face" sales person.
It is true that most first time buyers turn their noses up at the cookie cutter - or they would LIKE to. However, this disdain finds itself running up against the reality that cookie cutters very often offer more bang for the buck and more of the modern features that new home buyers crave than a pre-war charmer.
Consumers are suddenly swamped with web pages which amount to "listing sheets" of each address the punch into the search engine. But who are the agents whose photos and information appear on these sheets?
Those who have been reading my comment threads on various forums know that I have absolutely no love for Zillow whatsoever. I consider their forums poorly monitored, and their Zestimates to be pointless bordering on the unethical.