Get Real: Is Being a Real Estate Agent Inconvenient For You?
When I saw that Kathleen Daniels had a contest going in April asking for our biggest pet peeves in the industry, I found the hardest part was picking just one. Then I realized that many of my pet peeves can be lumped into the category of real estate agents not taking their job seriously...so that is my major pet peeve.
As someone who truly values their real estate license and does everything in my power to elevate the profession, many times I feel I'm pushing a boulder up hill in my market. Shoddy practices of agents who seem burdened by the duties that comes with representing a client seem to be a daily occurrence. Here are a few of the bg things I've come across in the last two months:
Listing Agent hasn't renewed their Sentrilock membership and can't put on a proper lockbox. Key was left in a mailbox in a crime ridden neighborhood. Mind you, dues at that point were two months past due. Absolutely shameful. If you can't afford to be in the business, get out!
Buyer's Agent (Mr. Big Shot) calls and expresses to me how busy he's been the last month. He has gotten five houses under contract, needs to take the weekend off. Mr. Big Shot wants ME to take his clients to a listing of mine that has been withdrawn. I explain the reasons why, but Mr. Big Shot was so busy not paying attentionso he got the very simple reason WRONG. That simple reason was my clients couldn't afford to sell so they can't take the lowball offer his client wanted to write. Yet, he insists he wants ME to show HIS client the house. No, no and NO.
Listing Agent sends me a ratified home inspection removal addendum and says, "But my sellers aren't doing the fireplace." Meanwhile, there it is in black and white. They have agreed to it. Is it any wonder agents are picking up credits for things at closing when they advise their clients to sign a document that is NOT what they wanted to agree to?
In a similar situation, a different Listing Agents sends me a contract with a change made by his seller, but not initialed by my buyer. It was a changed taking out an inspection. He literally said, "I feel like we're ratified, so you don't need to have your buyer initial that." So real estate is based on feelings now? Oh I don't think so.
Buyer's Agents has a full-time job and buyers that are looking about an hour away from his locale. He wants me to give him a code so his buyers can see the house. When pushed, he admits he won't be there. "But the house is vacant. What's the big deal?" Are you serious? Not happening. Get your butt out here and show it to them. I'd already taken through once when they gave me their best doe eyed expression and said they had no agent. Well, it turns that do, but not one that's worth a hoot.
I could go on and on. If you aren't going to take this profession seriously, don't bother getting a license. It isn't cheap to be in the business, and it certainly isn't convenient if you were looking for flexibility. And it's not a fly by the seat of your pants kind of gig. You are representing someone's best interests. Act like it. Know the contract. Know when something is ratified. Protect your client's property. If you can't do those things, don't expect the rest of us to respect you.