Watch for 'buying signs'

Part 2: Basics for success in 2010

What’s old is new again. Old-fashioned sales skills are not only desirable in today’s market — they’re a necessity.

Last week’s column examined six basics you need to survive in 2010. Today’s column examines five additional sales skills that you need to thrive in any market.

1. Force appraisers to meet you at the property
Ten years ago, it was routine to meet the appraiser at the property. As the listing agent, you made sure the appraiser had all the recent comparable sales plus as much detail as possible about each of the comps.