This is a true story but we will change the names of the people and the place to protect identities. We'll call my friend Joe. Joe has a friend in, let's say Florida, who wants to move back to Kansas City. We'll call Joe's friend Betty.
Betty needs to sell her home in Florida before she can move back to Kansas City. The real estate market in Betty's city is dismal. She is anxious about being able to sell her home. Betty tells Joe all about her concerns so Joe says 'Not to worry, I have a friend in the business.' Joe calls me; I call Betty.
After speaking with her, I thought I knew just the real estate agent to help her. He is someone I 'see' on Active Rain all the time. He is knowledgeable about the Florida real estate market, he communicates well in writing, he shows compassion for his clients, and he has a sense of humor. We'll call him Fred. After double-checking a few things about Fred on the internet, I called him. He called me back quickly and we talked. We talked more than once. Fred had all of the qualities I look for in a real estate agent: honesty and integrity; knowledge; compassion; good communicaton skills; good negotiating skills; and a sense of humor.
Fred went out and met with Betty. She was not yet ready to list her house for sale; she had a few projects left to finsih before the house would be ready. Fred reported back to me to let me know what was going on. He kept me updated with emails and phone calls as the house was prepared for sale. I knew that Betty would be in good hands with him.
Then one day, I received an email from Fred saying that Betty had listed with someone else. Although Fred would not speak ill of the agent she chose, I could tell he didn't think it was the right thing for her to do. C'est la vie, right? We had done all that we could do for her.
I forgot about Betty until the other day when I received an email from my friend, Joe. He said that Betty was very upset. She said that there were 'big troubles, possession before closing had been snuck into the contract, the home was being sold to another Realtor© (are they really?), paperwork not completed correctly, no closing statement and everything was a big mess'.
Betty says she wishes she had gone with the guy I sent. -Sigh- I didn't send the flashy one on the billboard, I sent you the good Realtor© who would take care of you!
Need a good Realtor in Kansas City? Here, let me Google one for you.
Need a good Realtor somewhere else? - Listen to the one I send you!
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