I sometimes wonder if realtors really are a dying breed. In the old days before the internet people would always look for an excuse not to use an agent, but in the end always did. Today they don't even have to use an excuse. There is plenty of free help out there online and television on the nuances of selling or buying a home. And we do not help ourselves by giving anyone with a breath a license in a week. I can't think of any other business that does that. You should have to earn it and go through much more rigorous training. This will weed out the deadbeats.
Perhaps we are our own worst enemy too. Cutting commissions, shafting our brethren, seeking out shortcuts to get rich quick, breaking all the rules and laws, and so on. I liken this to when I was a kid. My parents were in retail and had lots of competition who were always doing the same exact things just mentioned. So my father took it upon himself to contact each of his competitors and offer a solution to the war. Why not everyone just carry the same items at the same price and let the customer decide for himself who he or she wants to buy from? This same philosophy can and should apply here. Yet it doesn't because everyone is looking out for him or herself.
If we band together and give the customer the service and attention they deserve they will stick with you. No need to sell yourself short. The more you do, the more respect you lose from the customer. Once the public realizes this, and they will, they will come back to using agents the way they used to. Afterall, how much attention can a computer give a customer? As far as customers are concerned, the only good a computer should do for them is give them information on all of the qualified agents in their area. If a client took the time to research who they are interviewing and eventually hiring they just might eliminate a lot of headache later on down the road. Anyone can claim they are a "specialist," but we all know that's just branding. Does the customer know that?