You Don't Make Yourself Look Better by Badmouthing Fellow Agents

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Columbia, SC Homes for Sale  One thing is for sure in this business, you will sometimes run into agents that do not fit the mold you deem appropriate. Either they are unsure of how to negotiate repairs, unclear on how to complete paperwork, or not responsive enough. Sometimes you can clearly tell that agents are taking up practices that are not allowed.

  That being said if you can tell a Realtor is breaking the law, by all means turn them into the LLR. We have enough trouble with our reputation when it comes to the general public, we don't need any additional help looking bad as a result of those that exhibit a lack morals.


Columbia, SC Homes for SaleBut when it comes to agents that simply are new to the business, I try my best to practice patience. After all, I know a lot more after 11 years in the business than I did 11 months into real estate. Something tells me most of us are the same and that we didn't walk into real estate completely sure of what we were doing or completely devoid of making mistakes.

 So when I get the chance to complain about other agents, especially online, I just decide not to. The fact is that if consumers see us ranting and raving about how horrible agents are, it typically makes us all look bad and it does nothing to help the reputation of the one making the complaint. Instead of embarrassing a new agent or dragging their name through the mud around your office when they make a mistake, why not point it out and explain what needs to be done. People usually remember those that try to help them.

 What if that new agent goes on to become a rock star in your area, you may want them to sell your listings right? What if you open your own brokerage? Recruiting is important for those you know and no one wants to work for someone that they had a bad experience with in the past. We all started somewhere and we all make mistakes. So before you blast other agents either around town or online, remember that you're not really making yourself look good in the process.


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Alyse "Aly" Sands
Village Real Estate Services - Nashville, TN

It's against the code of ethics to badmouth another agent.  If you have to work both sides to get the job done, I say just do it!  What's most important is the clients, not us.

Jan 25, 2018 06:58 PM #11
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Rule #1  The Golden Rule.

Jan 25, 2018 06:58 PM #12
Terri Buseman
RE/MAX Premier Properties - Chicago, IL
Downtown Chicago

I totally agree with you .  We are in this together. I also don't understand the approach of badmouthing other agents in a listing presentation.  Lets support eachother.

Jan 25, 2018 07:36 PM #13
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear JL,


Jan 25, 2018 07:41 PM #14
Rose O'Reilly,HomeSmartRealty

I agree, bad mouthing other agents does not accomplish anything.

Jan 25, 2018 08:46 PM #15
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

you know one of my best agents and top producers is someone that I offered help to when he was new in the business and needed it. I didn't cross any liability lines, but I pointed out (gently) a few overlooked things here and there. So when he changed brokerages he ended up with me and it's because I was helpful and not ugly about what he did wrong.

Jan 25, 2018 09:39 PM #16
Bruce Minter
The Real Estate Group - Virginia Beach, VA

Don't be afraid to admit you are a newbie or it's the first you've done a particular type of transaction. Most agents will go out of their way to help keep you on track. You learn as you go and both clients reap the benefits of doing so.  

Jan 25, 2018 11:10 PM #17
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Isn't the agent's broker responsible for training and supervising their agents' transactions? Determining an agents abilities and capabilities can IMO be easily determined by communicating with them regarding an opportunity. To win, you don't have to be ruthless, yet, you shouldn't help your advisory win either IMO.  

Jan 26, 2018 02:01 AM #18
Bobbi Ellis
Wagner Realty - Longboat Key, FL
Wagner Real Estate

I agree that you should not bad mouth another agent!  I simply say they are a good agent but here is what I can do for you.

Jan 26, 2018 04:58 AM #19
Kaunda Matoke

It does not matter how old or how new one is to the business, you need to find a way to get along, train each and embrace each other's strengths and weakness for a common goal, closing the deal. I have seen lots of agents using texting more than they can pick up the phone and have a conversation or simply have a five minute meeting to know the other human being on the other side. Just get to know the other agent eases hostilities and badmouthing. The trick is meeting and learning from one another. Our business is not acing a math test but preparing for our next deal from the current client. Some agents badmouth themselves out of business. You badmouth at your own expense! Stay collected and predictable, listen, learn and quietly act without taking credit. Closing the deal is every agent's goal.

Jan 26, 2018 05:14 AM #20
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I like your thoughts in regards to the title line.  Badmouthing says more about you, rather than the person you are trying to hurt.

Jan 26, 2018 05:20 AM #21
Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Badmouthing should not be a part of any Realtor's presentation.  Like I always taught my children, "Two Wrongs don't make a Right"

Jan 26, 2018 06:55 AM #22
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning JL. Bad mouthing anyone only makes you look petty and insecure. Helping those who genuinely don't know is a very good thing to do.

Jan 26, 2018 08:57 AM #23
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Karma can come back to bite you at any time! 

Not to mention just how bad it makes YOU look when you bad mouth someone else!

Jan 26, 2018 10:02 AM #24
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all - I heard that from m Mom for years. As a broker I've run into many new agents that simply need a little advice or steering in the right a lot of encouragement too.


Jan 26, 2018 10:58 AM #25
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

I believe it's part of our job to be professional and that includes other agents, vendors etc. Great post and I agree 100 percent.

Jan 26, 2018 11:45 AM #26
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

There is a difference in an agents actions. Some are just not the type we like. That is our opinion and never should be disparage another agent. It is an Ethics violation.

There are agents that break the law or commit an Ethics Violation. To report them to the proper governing body is not bad mouthing them, it is the right thing to do.

Jan 26, 2018 02:12 PM #27
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You are right. I completely agree with you and understand you are talking about things that are not true violations. We need to help one another grow and learn - big egos trip people up. Who can carry all that extra weight around. D 

Jan 27, 2018 11:41 AM #28
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

The time and place to vent about another agent is private conversation only with trusted spouse /friend---and even then, sparingly!  

Jan 27, 2018 07:31 PM #29
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You are so right!  It does take effort sometimes NOT to say something, restraint is difficult.  However, we all need to educate others and being a model for new agents is one of the best practices.  Great post!

Jan 30, 2018 07:01 AM #30
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