As long as I sell real estate, I know I am going to have one consistent factor to deal with. The overwhelming amazement on how some agents conduct their business, and more importantly, how they represent their clients. It absolutely blows me away.
I've dabbled in the ever exploding Atlanta industry called.....MOVIES! Yes, Atlanta (and Georgia) are now Number 2 behind Hollywood in movie and television production. There is not a day go by that you don't see the Base Camp and the production trucks on some street or parking lot in Atlanta. It's a daily fact of life. As a result of this booming business, there are lots of ways to make money...as a real estate agent and as a home owner. This post is directed at the Owners, and mainly those that have their home LISTED For Sale...
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Seller:
Your home is currently on the market For Sale. I understand that. But between the time you list, and the time you sell, would you want your Agent to let you know there is a short-term income opportunity for you?
I recently contacted your listing agent regarding the possibility of a production company leasing your home for a 1 day taping of a pilot television show. While I did not have specific rental numbers from MY client, it's not uncommon for these types of productions to pay $5,000-$20,000 PER DAY FOR A RENTAL OF YOUR HOME! Yes, you read that correct....$5,000 to $20,0000 for ONE DAY!
Unfortunately for you, YOUR Listing Agent did not return any of my calls regarding questions I had about your home, and this potential opportunity for you. Had your home been selected (and you agreed to such) it would have been exposed to hundreds if not thousands of people around the U.S.
I just thought you might want to know how your Listing Agent is working on your behalf.
Of course, I've sent no such letter to either of the two Sellers of these homes. I only attempted to contact the agents on behalf of my client. Sure, they may not have been at all interested in such a project. The mere mention of a production company renting your home might scare the begeezes out of you...especially when it's listed for $2.4M. Sadly, they will never know that this opportunity involved no more than 15 people ever being in the home at one time, NO major lighting, backdrops, etc. No major cable, power, etc other than one charging system.
But maybe what really scares me the most, is the fact that I called two listing agents on homes listed at $2.4M and $1.3M and never even got a return phone call.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Seller: Your Agent May Have Lost $10,000 on Your Behalf!
In case these sellers happen to see this post, the pictures here are of the two homes we were attempting to lease for ONE DAY!
Oh, yeah, and what do you think the commission on $20,000 for one day might be for both of us? Ah, never mind, who needs to make money anyway? Certainly not us, and certainly not that Seller.