Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA   Relo Specialist (KW Elite )

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
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Unless you're in negotiations!  He who speaks first, loses.  Too many people feel the need to fill the gap with words.

Mar 02, 2016 11:04 PM
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Why do you ask??

Mar 02, 2016 10:10 PM
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Michael,

Personally, we don't like the "control" concept.  The whole idea in our world is someone is coming to you to buy or have you sell.  You agree to do that, why would you need to CONTROL THEM?  You become a team and get the job done...  If you have to go to that extent, it is time to fire the client in our opinion.  I really resent when someone plays that game, and walk away.  A

Mar 03, 2016 12:07 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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I have to agree. Questions can help steer you towards the answers you are looking for obviously.

Many realtors need to shut up & listen.

Mar 02, 2016 10:18 PM
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Nope.   Often the true final word will come from the person who sits back and ponders the information, then leaves you to review it and calls you at a later time to give you their FINAL answer.

Mar 03, 2016 04:44 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
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A barrage of less-than-meaningful questions can be irritating and counterproductive.

Mar 03, 2016 01:02 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
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Control of what?
There are those who make their mission in life to fill every void with themselves. These are the controllers we love to be away from.

Then there are those who ask the well crafted, penetrating question that the good listener interprets well. The best questions, the revealing questions, the questions that expose where the vulnerability lies, seldom have real estate at their root but are the catalyst that makes magic happen.

Those who seek to control, create their own foe.

Those who seek to guide, will create those who confide.

 

Mar 02, 2016 10:39 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Yes I agree to a point. Tread lightly on the "control" aspect. Its a team

Mar 02, 2016 10:26 PM
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Carol Williams
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Questions have always been one of my secret weapons.  Roy Kelley hit the nail on the head... the right questions need to be asked. And, equally important, is to listen!  You can learn a lot just by being quiet and listening. Knowledge is power.  

Mar 02, 2016 10:11 PM
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Joan Cox
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I was thinking your question was for our clients, but I ask many questions of buyers prior to starting the search, but after we start looking, I am listening.

Mar 04, 2016 07:17 AM
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Wayne Martin
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Most of the time the person asking the questions is in control. But, they must listen intently at the answers.

Mar 03, 2016 08:45 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Michael. Absolutely I do, knowing the right questions gets you to where you need to go, much quicker.

Mar 03, 2016 07:12 PM
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 Not necessarily. Many folks ask questions for clarification. The one who has the knowledge is in control.

Mar 03, 2016 05:17 PM
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Bob Crane
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I am a fan of asking purposeful questions and find them very effective, though I have met many who get this wrong and many of their questions come out as meaningless and manipulative.

Mar 03, 2016 05:04 PM
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Praful Thakkar
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Michael J. Perry asking questions is the best approach. More you ask, more you learn about clients and their motivation.

The key is - after asking the question - LISTEN!

Mar 03, 2016 03:24 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
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I don't seek to be in control of other people.

Mar 03, 2016 01:29 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
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Not necessarily

Mar 03, 2016 12:56 PM
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Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
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Only if "control" is defined as keeping the conversation on track when it starts to digress. Asking too many questions can put people off and make them feel that you do not have a good grasp of what they have said. If you have presented the facts and information properly, the customers should be the ones asking questions.

 

 

Mar 03, 2016 12:19 PM
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I hear that said too but I think it is more about listening and getting the person to open up and tell you what you need to know. That can be done by questions or conversation.

Mar 03, 2016 09:17 AM
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Sybil Campbell
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I think that is true in most anything.

Mar 03, 2016 09:02 AM
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William Feela
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I don't agree...I want to hear questions from my clients

Mar 03, 2016 07:20 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Overpowering people by deluging them with questions can backfire and drive prospects away by creating a tense atmosphere

Mar 03, 2016 06:26 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Yes, they control the course of the conversation and can control the encounter that way.

Mar 03, 2016 06:06 AM
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Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
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I think its the one that is listening is in control.

Mar 03, 2016 05:47 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
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Who not just asking but listens to answers. Listening is a lost art of communication. 

Mar 03, 2016 05:32 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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Not necessarily.

Mar 03, 2016 04:28 AM
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Questions open the door to responses, and give us the opportunity to listen and hear people.  I certainly agree.

Mar 03, 2016 03:40 AM
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Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

Nope, I think the one who's going to pay for services always has the control, regardless of who's speaking. Our biggest / best skill would be listening.

Personally, I'm not a fan of "acceptance checking" or "soft-close" questions. On the receiving end, I can pick them out and they are a huge turn-off (I look for information transfer, and hate "being sold" on a service or item) so I hope to not be asking them as an agent. 

Mar 03, 2016 02:47 AM
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Scott Lawson
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What exactly do you mean???

Mar 03, 2016 01:48 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
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Michael,

 

While the person asking questions has a lot of power or influence, the person with the facts has a lot of power as well.

Mar 03, 2016 01:40 AM
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Gita Bantwal
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It depends.

Mar 03, 2016 12:31 AM
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Barbara Todaro
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not always..... listening is a very strong factor....

Mar 03, 2016 12:30 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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Sometimes, too many/too much/too soon is repelling. Balance between asking, watching and listening is key. I asked an agent just for access recently -- got 3rd degree and vague answers to 2 simple Qs. REALLY? And when they lead with "I don't mean to be difficult, but . . . " LMAO! TOO LATE!

Mar 03, 2016 12:07 AM
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Richard Weeks
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yes

Mar 02, 2016 11:54 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
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The right questions asked to get what is desired and then like Susan Emo says he who speaks last loses.

Mar 02, 2016 11:40 PM
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Realtors need to understand when sellers talk to you they want you to agree on a selling price, commission.  What else realtors say means nothing to others. 

Mar 02, 2016 11:15 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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I would agree. Asking the right questions, and not simple yes/no, can put you in the driver's seat

Mar 02, 2016 10:39 PM
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Roy Kelley
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Yes. If the right questions are being asked.

Mar 02, 2016 10:07 PM