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Are agents still untrusted by the public? Not any longer, suggests survey

Recruitment firm CV Library says its interviews with 1,200 members of public reveals change in fortunes for agents.

Nigel Lewis

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Being an estate agent may no longer be something to hide, a survey of 1,200 members of the public has revealed.

Agents regularly appear at the top of surveys listing the least trusted or liked professions but the latest one points to a revival in fortunes.

Only 14% of those canvassed by the survey said estate agents were the least trustworthy. This places them some way behind politicians who 78% said were least trustworthy followed by journalists (37%), car salespeople (27%), bankers (23%) and paparazzi (22%).

estate agents“What with the Brexit debacle still looming over the country, it’s little wonder that Brits aren’t inclined to trust politicians right now,” says Lee Biggins, CEO of jobs website CV-Library (left).

“Still, it’s astonishing to see that such a large quantity of us feel so negatively about the country’s leaders, as we’re supposed to trust them to represent us.

“It also appears to be a common theme that sales-driven occupations, such as car sales, telesales, estate agents and recruiters are largely disliked.

“Unfortunately, it’s just the nature of the trade. Being proactive in making sales can be perceived as being pushy, or irritating. However, without these professions, many businesses wouldn’t be able to flourish.”

The survey also revealed the most trusted professions which were doctors, nurses, teachers, the police, armed forces, vets and scientists.

“Largely, trust is associated with the professionals that have our best interests at heart [or] jobs that contribute to the public good, such as health or education-related professions,” says Biggins.

Read more: what makes good estate agents?

June 11, 2019

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