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Many real estate agents in Cairns are the same as everywhere else from my experiences. They are notoriously lazy and inept at their jobs. To top it off, they are living the Cairns work and lifestyle culture, so these characteristics are magnified exponentially.
I’ve had a number of issues over the past few years, however the worst agents in Cairns that I have had the displeasure of knowing is Ray White. They often don’t return calls, can take months to get anything done and don’t even think about trying to e-mail them. They very rarely check their e-mails (either out of laziness or lack of training), or seem to have ongoing issues with their communication in general.
Basically steer clear of them and avoid at all costs, however, let us be realistic. Real estate agents are just glorified car salesmen.You can become a “certified” real estate agent after a 3 week course. The industry is no longer regulated the way it once was, so it is quite a task to find a good agent.
Looking to rent in Cairns? Moving from far away? Guess what? The real estate agents are going to make it very hard for you. You need to physically inspect the property before you rent it. This poses a conundrum, simply because if you are thousands of kilometres away, you will need to organise a flight and return flight to Cairns, spending hundreds of dollars (perhaps thousands) to view a property you may not even like. If you’re lucky, get a friend to inspect it, or better yet… lie and say you have. You can save a great deal of time and money.
If you’re on the other end and looking to rent your property, try looking at keeping the real estate agent out of the process. They end up taking a good commission of your rent for doing next to nothing and often when they do, it is half hearted and lazy. Save yourself the time and money, after all, you’re just as qualified as the real estate agent once you read what you need to know for a few days.
Bottom line… expect hell. Real estate agents are there to make money, not make your life easier and they will do whatever it takes to suck every last dollar out of your pocket.
Had a bad experience with a Cairns real estate agency? Tell us your woes. Maybe you have a good story? Even better. People renting in Cairns would certainly benefit from acquiring knowledge of a good agent, being how rare they are.