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The thing about writing about what really happens to you in your life is you don't have to make up anything. It almost seems like cheating. To just write about crap that happens. No embellishments. But that's why I don't have any problem writing a daily blog or coming up with stuff to write about because life happens every single day, whether or not I agree.

It's tough choosing what to write about. So much goes on. Sometimes, it's the very last thing that happened that sticks in my head, which is what I'm choosing to talk about today. I could not believe my eyes when I read it. I'm thinking you won't believe your eyes, either, which is why I'm sharing this with you.

Some things just speak for themselves.

A reader of my About.com forum wrote a question about real estate agents and commission. Specifically about a DNA agent. There are agents for whom all of their clients are relatives. If it were not for relatives, they'd have no business at all. This particular buyer seems irate and apparently does not trust her real estate agent. Not only does she not trust her agent, but she suspects her agent is lying to her. It's bad enough to be distrustful of a stranger, but a relative?

Her agent / relative told her he can't give her all of his commission because it's against the law. She must have demanded it, for some reason.

I, on the other hand, am appalled at buyers -- related or not -- who believe they are entitled to take away our paychecks. Every so often, I run into one of them. They ask if I will do the honor of representing them to buy a home, you know, to do my job. And then, after my job is performed, they would like me to turn over my paycheck to them. No, I won't -- get out of here. Where do these people come from?

I'll tell you where they come from. From the land of freebie hand-outs and gimmes. I saw a billboard the other day advertising a banking account, and it said you get free money along with rebates. People are starting to believe they deserve something for nothing. These are strange times we are living in; people are delusional -- and we've only got ourselves to blame.

I'm pretty confident she won't like my answer when she reads it. I'm incorrigible.


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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Jean Hedren, CRS, SRES, RSPS
Edina Realty, Inc. - Gordon, WI
Your Northwest Wisconsin Realtor

Elizabeth, I'm with you. This market has brought out the worst in buyers. Hopefully their number is up with a market turnaround. Glad to hear you are sticking to your guns. Have a great year!

Feb 15, 2012 01:44 AM #1
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Elizabeth - they are also "graduates" of numerous courses teaching them "what their real estate agents do not know". And then they look at me and say they want a rebate.

I ask what rebate they have in mind, and they say rebate on the commission.

And I ask them if they are paying my commission... They do not understand that they do not pay my commission. So I tell them that when they decide to sell, we can discuss it, but it is very iunlikely I would consider it.

Feb 15, 2012 01:52 AM #2
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

What a great shot of what it's like to be in Wisconsin right now, Jean. I can almost feel the earrings freezing my ear lobes.

Hey Jon: It's so bizarre. It's such an unnatural concept. There's a huge disconnect among some people. And agents who pay out at gunpoint are giving everybody a license to point a gun at our heads. I don't wanna get mugged in an alley. Go get some respect for yourself, I wanna say.

Feb 15, 2012 01:57 AM #3
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

So the client thinks that her relative/agent is lying to her, meanwhile, she is trying to jack them for all of their commission?  If the relative wasn't an agent I wonder if she would have the same cahones to ask a stranger for their paycheck.

Feb 15, 2012 04:11 AM #4
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Well said.  I have offered all my commission to my ex-wife as a downpayment assist to move closer to me so we can co parent better. We are about 30 miles apart now.  I have one boy in school here and she has the other.

You got a name drop on TBWS Daily today!

Feb 15, 2012 06:09 AM #5
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
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Like the response to that, I can hardly imagine the relations in that family.

Feb 15, 2012 05:31 PM #6
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

You got a name drop on TBWS Daily today!

Hey Gene: Yeah, they called me a day or so ago. Wanted to verify the facts they heard from CNN in an interview I did about short sales last week. I think it's admirable that TBWS verifies. Makes it a trusted source for information.

Feb 16, 2012 01:58 AM #7
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