“Dealing with an Unethical Real Estate Agent”

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“Dealing with an Unethical Real Estate Agent”




Greed is sometimes tempting, but are you willing to sell you soul? My wife and I were out over the weekend looking at properties that would be a good candidate for a flip.



House for SaleOn Friday, I received a call from a Realtor I have never met before. He said he had heard that I was always in the market for a great buy and he had one. We set up an appointment to see the property the next day.




I knew we were in trouble, when he showed up in a beat up pickup with the license plate taped to the back window. After introductions were made, we proceeded to attempt to get into the house. Finally after 10 minutes, we were in.




As we were being shown the property he kept telling us, that he controlled the property. What does that mean? Do you have a listing? Well not exactly. The owner is in the hospital and the son asked me to start showing the property, as his mom, is in her last days. I was stunned!




My wife’s only comment, “Are you kidding me?” I’m not going to tell you what I wanted to do to this person. It is hard to believe, that in this day and age, crap like this still goes on. I wouldn't buy something from this guy, if he had the last property on earth.




MoviesWe abandon our house hunting for the day, decided on a movie instead. We saw, “Safe Haven”, a really touching story. Our day turned out better after all.







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Joan Congilose
Century 21 Action Plus Realty - Freehold Twp, NJ
Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold NJ Homes

Ho Joe, It never ceases to amaze me that agents like this actually get business. I feel sorry for the people that actually trust them enough to work with them.

Feb 27, 2013 09:39 PM #1
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

All I can say is 'wow'.  Maybe dealing only with a couple of trusted agents is the way to go.  I know what you mean about investors always asking to be updated on the newest deals though - I've never had one buy anything yet. 

Feb 27, 2013 09:43 PM #2
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

"Mom is in her last days".   Why wait for the body to get cold?   Will?  Probate?  Who cares?

Feb 27, 2013 09:43 PM #3
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Joe,

Wow - I wonder if you checked the state license board you would discover that his realtor license is not current...or, if he even has one!

Feb 27, 2013 09:46 PM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Ouch...mooove out here and we will be happy to show you...actually listed homes in a 2013 car !

Feb 27, 2013 09:51 PM #5
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker ABR, GRI

The "safe haven" of a movie sounds like a great way to move on for the day!

Feb 27, 2013 09:56 PM #6
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Joe was he even a licensed real estate agent? If so then you can place a complaint with the Ct real estate commission.


Feb 27, 2013 09:57 PM #7
Frank Laisch
AmTrust Title Insurance Company - Chicago, IL
"The Insurance Guy"

Joe, It is sad that people Would actually try to pull that kind of BS. I am sure you were counting the red flags as the conversations continued...

Feb 28, 2013 12:44 AM #8
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Makes you want to turn the dude into the Real Estate Commission, doesn't it!

What a pity that an unprofessional like that is out there.

Feb 28, 2013 01:44 AM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Joe, every industry has it share of sleazy, ours just seems to get more of the attention.  You made the right decision and are better off for it.

Feb 28, 2013 08:46 AM #10
Scott Nowling
Prudential Starck - Saint Charles, IL
Prudential Starck

Sounds like a scene from throw Mama from the train....



Feb 28, 2013 01:02 PM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks, Joe, for sharing this story.  With agents like this, it is easy to see why the image of real estate professionals needs some polish.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Feb 28, 2013 07:09 PM #12
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Joe, this is an upsetting experience especially when you do have the knowledge you do...these creeps taking advantage of people and crossing the line.

Feb 28, 2013 09:08 PM #13
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