Hold On... Let Me Grab My Wonder Woman Cape!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Real Estate Cafe LLC

Maybe I'm Just Not Right For You... Realtor Ho!Hold On... Let Me Grab My Wonder Woman Cape!  It occurred to me some years ago, that not everyone is a good match.  Thus the reason marriages fail, business partners split and some clients do the 'Realtor Ho' thing.

Disengagement happens... The question is, are we savvy enough to take notice?  Sometimes it requires x-ray vision and a cape to see through people.  As salespeople, we often try to fit a square peg in a round hole without noticing that it just doesn't fit!  Wouldn't it be great if we recognized this upfront and saved some valuable resources from being wastefully expended?!

Case in point... I received a buyer referral from a mortgage broker friend.  After speaking with the buyer, I knew instantly that we weren't on the same page.  The buyer wanted me to show her homes in the $375K range, when she was only qualified up to $250K.  When I explained the elementary reasons why we shouldn't be looking at properties at $125K over what she could afford, she got annoyed with me (red lights flashing).  She said that any other Realtor would be willing to show her the homes she wanted to see.  At that moment, I made a crucial business decision and said... 'Perhaps I'm not the Realtor for you.'  She was peeved and marched back to the mortgage broker to complain. 

Fast forward 1 year... The mortgage broker recently gave me an update and said not only did the buyer wear out Realtor #2, but she also announced to my colleague that she was going to use a different mortgage broker.  Hhhhhmmm... now we have a 'Realtor Ho' and a 'Mortgage Broker Ho!'  I don't know about you, but I make a practice of wearing my cape and using my x-ray vision to call em' the way I see em!' 

Hold On... Let Me Grab My Wonder Woman Cape!


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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Medford, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Lorraine~ She was motivated to have me be her chauffeur for the day.

Fernando ~ Dude, you really know how to stir the pot!  

Cheryl ~ Aren't you a sweetie!  A BIG thank-you on the re-blog!

Cindy 'in Indy' ~ I just love your slogan name... VERY catchy!

Gary ~ I prefer the 'fat' man's Ho too!

Ridhi ~ It's called R-E-S-P-E-C-T... if we don't feel it, they won't either!

Barbara Jo ~ Exactly my point... and YES, it feels great!

Brian ~ Who said I use a phone booth?  Exhibitionist Intuition Woman

Carmen ~ Right on with your good self... empowering isn't it?!

Colleen ~ Turning away the bad seeds makes room for good seeds!

Jun 26, 2011 05:53 AM #68
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

Realtor Ho, I love it. I've been "fired" before for the same thing. Once I was "fired" while I was in the Honolulu airport. She was mad that I was on vacation. Huh? I don't work with unreasonable people. Rule #1.

Jun 26, 2011 06:03 AM #69
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Medford, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Jim ~ Watch out... I do have a few bazookas in my arsenal.

Gayle ~ Thanks my fellow Oregonian Cape Crusader!

Jean ~ Love it... thanks for making me laugh!

Charles ~ I usually prefer to wrestle... but this gal made it too easy!

Kristine ~ Well said... from another fearless confident KS woman!

Mona ~ You go girl... thanks for stopping by!

Sylvia ~ Window shopper... now that's something I can relate to!

Cindy ~ The cape's getting a lot of use these days!

Karen ~ Funny... a whole new set of tools in our Realtor toolbox! 

Kay ~ This one was real easy to spot =)

Jun 26, 2011 06:09 AM #70
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Baltimore, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

The trick is to find a balance and only work with people you like and respect. Being able to listen to the red flags is key. I do an extensive interview to see IF I want to work with the clients...but even then the match is not always right.

What you have done is make room for real buyer. Congrats on the feature.


Jun 26, 2011 06:26 AM #71
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good for you for recognizing up front that she wasn't worth your time.  In this business, time is money. Best of luck to you!

Jun 26, 2011 09:45 AM #72

Hi Melinda - You (Wonder Woman) and Red Skelton (I calls em that I seez em).   I couldn't resist mentioning Red Skelton (he's probably before your time).  If I could be like him, I wouldn't let all this "stuff" bother me derk@derk1.com

Jun 26, 2011 10:05 AM #73
Judy Thompson
Mackintosh, Inc. REALTORS - Frederick, MD


Good decision. We recently did the same thing with a potential listing. When they are 'not a match,' you have to make the right business decision. 

Jun 26, 2011 10:14 AM #74
RhondaHeaslip NanaimoRealEstate
RE/MAX of Nanaimo - Nanaimo, BC

Melinda, You were very smart to ditch MS. High Maintenance. Your time and expertise would have been sorely wasted.

Jun 26, 2011 10:58 AM #75
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

I LOVE MY WONDER WOMAN CAPE...and tights...and headband...



Jun 26, 2011 12:04 PM #76

I do experience these clients occasionally.  This is the good part of having a partner.

I turn them over to my brother/partner.  He puts the compassionate in compassion.  He gets along with EVERYONE.

If he doesn't care for their position, we wish them well.  Joy

Jun 26, 2011 01:23 PM #77
Marshall Brown
Mid America Inspection Services, LLC - Fargo, ND

Reality, what a concept!  One some people can't or won't embrace.

Jun 26, 2011 01:29 PM #78
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

You obviously made the right decision with that buyer.  Time is important and working with buyers or sellers that are unrealistic or unreasonable wastes everyones time.

Jun 26, 2011 01:38 PM #79
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Medford, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Kimo ~ I love your name!  Preach it brotha!

Bill ~ I prefer to think it was a savvy business decision as opposed to luck!

Jayne ~ The cape is empowering!

Cynthia ~ I love that you love it... no Realtor Ho here!

Margaret ~ Thank you my dear.

Jan ~ Indeed, we must remember to think like business folk!

Red ~ I mean Dirk... I remember Red... funny man!

Judy ~ It's true, square pegs don't fit into round holes.

Rhonda ~ My motto... Ditch with Diplomacy ;)

Marie ~ LOVE your outfit girlfriend!

Jun 26, 2011 02:45 PM #80
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Realtor Ho thing - interesting way to put it!  At first I thought you meant Realtor Hop Thing and that you just missed the "P"  But then I saw the repeat of Realtor Ho and Mortage Broker Ho and I understood...so nice you didn't waste your time...it's tempitng, especially in higher price ranges, but in the end it's still a waste of time..

Jun 26, 2011 03:35 PM #81
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

Sometimes it is best to let them go than to let them run you ragged with no real chance of getting a ratified contract!

Jun 26, 2011 05:31 PM #82
Caryn Baker
Realty Pros & Assoc. - Ormond Beach, FL

Melinda - good for you.  That is a smart way to do business.  Wasting time with unrealistic buyers/sellers will get you no where but aggrevated!

Jun 27, 2011 03:09 AM #83
Jennifer Manchester
Suburban Properties of Charlotte, LLC - Mint Hill, NC
GRI, ePRO, ASP - Broker/Home Stager

This post gave me a great laugh for a Monday!  Thanks for the humor.

Jun 27, 2011 05:35 AM #84
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I have learned the hard way how to deal with people like this.  It cost me a lot of time and money - but I learned.

Jun 27, 2011 05:40 AM #85
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Oh my gosh!  You've gone viral Mel.   That's way cool!

Jun 27, 2011 08:06 AM #86
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Medford, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Joy ~ Your brother sounds like a great partner to have in this biz!

Marshall ~ I make a point of embracing it daily my friend!

Patricia~ Selectivity does this Wonder Woman good!

John & Kasey ~ You get my Realtor Ho drift!

Gerard ~ I don't like to run or even 'fly' ragged!

Caryn ~ I stop before it gets aggravating!

Jennifer ~ Glad to be of service with my Kindred Cape!

Gene ~ We never stop learning my friend!

Brian ~ Considering you're my inspiration... Welcome Home!

Jun 27, 2011 08:30 AM #87
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