Please Don't Hate Me For Helping Others!!!!!

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

I came across a post the other day that discussed the basis and breakdown of the mortgage meltdown. Although it was an excellent post, one of the commenters caught my attention by mentioning his/her disdain for REO and Short Sale listing agents


WHADDAYA MEAN???? As a short sale listing agent in Newnan, GA  (Coweta County), I was kinda put off by his comment because he mentioned that we were profiting off of a negative situation. Funny, but I NEVER thought of it in that light. In fact, I've always felt a huge sense of accomplishment and achievement whenever I've helped a homeowner escape from the burden of an troublesome mortgage. In each instance, these homeowners have faced an extreme hardship including, but certainly not limited to; loss of a spouse, loss of a job or reduced pay/hours, illness (sometimes even to the point of debilitation!) The reality is, when I sit down with them at the kitchen table and we begin discussing options, a look of relief floods their faces and hope begins to flood the room. Some people are desperate for solutions. They're simply not behind on their mortgages because they'd rather go shopping or escape to some exotic location; they've experienced a life changing phenomenon that suddenly has them barely able to tread water and guess what......I CAN PROVIDE A SOLUTION!!!! If you've ever experienced the exhilaration of helping someone find solace and peace in the midst of a storm, then you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.


Believe me, I'm not some predator who swamps down upon an unassuming victim waiting to devour what's left of their flesh just for the sheer joy of making a sale.... In fact, our commissions from short sales and REO sales are much lower than our commissions from normal market sales....kinda just boots your theory out of the water, huh???? I just happen to be someone who finds fulfillment in helping others and for that, I am not ashamed.

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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Vanessa,  I also thought that post used a very broad brush stroke.  There are many ill conceived programs out there but in many instances the agent is performing a valuable service by allowing the seller to get on with their life.

Apr 20, 2010 11:39 AM #1
Marianne Bandy
Parker Homes - The Bandy Team - Keller Williams Park Meadows - Parker, CO
CRS, GRI, Certified Negotiation Specialist

I don't think most people understand the heart breaking stories we hear every day that have led people to the brink of foreclosure.  It is sometimes emotionally draining, but when we are successful, it can be very satisfying.   It's a difficult time for a lot of homeowners now, but we are helping some to avoid foreclosure and minimize the damage to their credit score.

Apr 20, 2010 11:39 AM #2
Vanessa Calhoun
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Newnan, GA
Coweta Real Estate

Bill: I was actually appalled when I read it. It never crossed my mind that we were viewed in such a negative manner.

Mariann: You're absolutely right. I don't think people realize how emotionally attached we become to the plight of some of our clients and it is VERY rewarding to finally get them to a point of relief and to actually see the look of gratitude and thanks on their faces even before they speak a word :)

Apr 20, 2010 11:45 AM #3
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

It all comes down to money and we all do business in different ways. I think we all want to help and do the best for our customers but we need to get paid in the process. I love SSs and were doing them as far back as 95, they were called preforeclosures then.

Apr 21, 2010 08:08 AM #4
Vanessa Calhoun
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Newnan, GA
Coweta Real Estate

Charles: I agree that we all do business in different ways. For me, it all comes down to whether or not I'm able to make a difference and the satisfaction that I receive in doing so. The gratitude that I receive is immeasurable and it means so much more than the money.

Apr 21, 2010 08:49 AM #5
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