Having a Bad Day?...Don't Use Social Media to Vent
OK...the transaction didn't close, or is delayed, and you've worked really hard. You feel like you've done all of the work yourself, and maybe tensions are running high on both the buying and selling side. Then a discussion of commission comes up, and the seller doesn't feel you're worth it. You just need to vent, and writing a blog post might be the perfect way to get some release.
DON'T DO IT!
Do you want to be that agent that gets caught using social media to slam another agent, or discussing commissions? This could be a violation of the Code of Ethics. I don't want to be that agent. Read your Code of Ethics.
Personally I find it disheartening to hear agents talk about how unprofessional other agents behave. It only adds to the negative stigma that some people already have of our business. I don't talk commissions, either. That's no ones business.
NAR has an article on social media posts that can get you into trouble. This article has guidelines on what social media topics to avoid. Discussions of commissions and bad experiences with other agents are on this list.
If there's a question about whether or not I would share what I've written with the masses, then I won't share it. For me the answer to the question is...yes, no or maybe. If in doubt I won't publish the piece...even as a members only post here on Active Rain. This is one situation where I do make assumptions.
I assume that even if I'm posting to members only, the information is still out there for the rest of the world to see. All someone has to do is copy and paste your information into an email, and it's out there in cyber space to be seen by anyone that cares to find it.
Is what you are putting on the internet something you really want to share with the world? Sharing your frustrations online could turn your bad day into something worse like a ethics complaint. If you need to vent after a bad day, don't share it online...get a punching bag.
I've lived on Colorado's Western Slope for over 26 years. I love this area and all it has to offer, and I enjoy sharing what I know about my home. As a REALTOR®, I also love to share my expertise in this area as well. If you need any real estate information for Montrose County, or Delta County, Colorado...please give me a call.