I was over on Trulia for a spell yesterday, defending the integrity of my chosen career, and a regular commenter, who agrees with me, about as much as he disagrees with me, but whose opinions are often well-founded and I respect, made a statement. He said:
I believe there are excellent people/Agents/ other Pros in the Industry
it's just some Agents work so hard to prove me wrong. LOL
Now, it was said kinda tongue-in-cheek, but the sentiment was true, and I believe far more widespread than just his own opinion. I rarely see any disrespect for the Realtor crowd out on the street, and haven't run into it in real life, but you see it in spades on sites like Zillow, Trulia and others, as well as finding it rearing it's ugly head here on AR, every now and then.
We're rated somewhere slightly below used-car-salesmen, and slightly above whale excrement (you know, the stuff that floats to the bottom of the ocean!?). Most people, like my friend on Trulia, want to believe that Realtors and Agents are professional, ethical, honest and hard-working, they really do ... but then along comes that doofus of a Realtor who'll make some ridiculous statement like:
"Of course I look at the co-op commission first. I have a right to make a living don't I? So sure, I won't show FSBO's, and I won't show any property that co-ops less than 3%... 'cause I'm worth it", and with that statement, down plummets our reputation again.
"Yer dang right I don't want an inspector to find any problems with the house.... just gloss over 'em... it'll be okay, and I need the paycheck... after all, how bad can it be... there's someone living in it now!", and down we go again.
Two steps forward, Three steps back.
Some agents are working soooooo dang hard to prove him wrong. I wish they'd take some time off.