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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

My response, which works for all markets, has always been: "unbelievable".

Mar 06, 2017 03:58 PM
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I always say "Its on fire!! Our inventory is so don't know anyone thinking to sell do you?"

Mar 06, 2017 04:26 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Pretty real!!

Mar 06, 2017 05:02 PM
Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of

Real estate is great!!! Do you know of anyone wanting to buy or sell a home?

Mar 06, 2017 04:54 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Real estate has been good for me for the past 39 years, and I fully expect it to stay that way...

Mar 06, 2017 03:55 PM
Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - the most common answer - to probe what is expected - 'It depends. Are you looking forward to buying, selling or investing?"

(And of course, 'unbelievable' answer from Alan May.

Mar 06, 2017 11:30 PM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

The market is great - how can I help?  

I do agree that for the most part ... people are just making small talk. 

Mar 06, 2017 06:44 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Honestly, I doubt that most people really care.  This is small talk, like "What's up?"  People don't really care when they ask that either.

I would venture to guess that 10% of people care, tops 20%.  Maybe 10% have legitimate care as it may impact future plans and another 10% may be curious as it may impact their business (if it's somewhat related to real estate e.g. movers, mortgage brokers, people that care about interest rates, etc.)

Mar 06, 2017 05:16 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,ePro
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

"It's amazing right now, what market are you specifically asking about?"

Love that question!!! It's a door opener.

Mar 06, 2017 11:49 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Some people probably care, most are just making small talk.  I'm really bad at small talk and it makes me uncomforatble.  If I am at church or a party I often don't want to talk about work (I know, I know, great places to meet future clients, but sometimes I just need a seperation).  I usually just say something like "We are doing really well and keeping quite busy."  I kind of hate it when I get that question and know it's just small talk though.  -Kasey

Mar 06, 2017 09:00 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing


Somehow, I can always tell if they really want to know or they are just asking to be polite.  I usually turn it around and ask what they specifically want to know.  A

Mar 06, 2017 09:00 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

They are asking about the market and I tell them some juicy tidbits that get them asking even more questions.

Mar 06, 2017 07:43 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't really want to know. I usually have a quick answer, because of the market reports I do. 

Mar 06, 2017 06:43 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Answer: People are buying & selling all the time. How about you?

Mar 06, 2017 06:22 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
National Marketing Realtors - Minot, ND
Bob Timm Owner/Broker National Marketing Realtors

FANTASTIC! (somewhere). Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® 

Mar 06, 2017 04:46 PM
Jeanne Feenick
Keller Williams Towne Square Realty - Basking Ridge, NJ
Basking Ridge, Warren, Bridgewater Market Expert

I like your reply Alan!  On so many levels that really is a good one, and generally accurate - sometimes for good - sometimes for bad, but quite rights, real estate is "unbelievable"!


Mar 06, 2017 04:26 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If i don't want to be bothered, I say: "Fine".  If I want to engage, I ask if "It depends on whether you are buying or selling, which are you planning to do?"

Mar 07, 2017 04:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Yes, I really do think for the most part people want to know. I usually say "busy!" but I love some of the answers that have already been provided.

Mar 07, 2017 03:11 AM
Melissa Jackson
United Country Real Estate FW - Fort Worth, TX
REALTOR® Matching Buyers & Sellers

I tell them it's great. Thanks Dorie Dillard I should follow with "Know anyone that wants to buy or sale?"  

Mar 06, 2017 10:44 PM
Fred Griffin
Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Did you ever hear senior citizens talk about when they could have bought prime real estate back in the day for very little money, but didn't do it, and they regretted it?  Well NOW we have those opportunities again.   Lots of prime deals, interest rates are at rock bottom.  Let me show you some incredible buys!

Mar 06, 2017 08:11 PM
Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

It's a complex housing market, what area are you interested in that I can tell you about

Mar 06, 2017 07:57 PM
Gloria Valvasori, ASA
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service - Streetsville, ON
Outstanding Service Since 1987 416-717-6331

Its a very busy Seller's market and we are low on inventory... Are you thinking of selling any time soon, or know someone who does?

Mar 06, 2017 07:36 PM
Teri Pacitto
RE/MAX Olson & Associates, Inc. - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Alan May and Richie Alan Naggar have great responses.  

Mar 06, 2017 07:36 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Regardless of the market, there is a positive somewhere - "Inventory is super low but, my sellers are doing REALLY well right now!" 

Or, "My buyers are scooping us some fantastic deals!"

I always share the positive when asked, "How's the market?"

Mar 06, 2017 07:35 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I tend to answer with there is always a market.

Mar 06, 2017 07:18 PM
Troy Erickson
Diverse Solutions Realty - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Hella - I usually answer by saying "it depends". Then if they are really interested they will ask more questions. If not, they didn't really care to know anyway.

Mar 06, 2017 05:46 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I always answer in a positive way and include saying something to garner if they are ready to buy or sell something

Mar 06, 2017 05:37 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Just a small talk question that is asked when they dont know what to say, the answer that you give them is really not that important.

Mar 06, 2017 05:24 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I like Alan May's and Dorie Dillard 's answers. 

Mar 06, 2017 04:44 PM
Maria Sapio
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

It's great - !!   That always entices intrigue ...

Mar 06, 2017 04:20 PM
Diana White-Pettis
Exit Bennett Realty - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

I like Alan's response. 

Mar 06, 2017 04:14 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Don't get us started..... blah blah blah...

Mar 06, 2017 04:01 PM
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I get this question all the time --- and say it is crazy again this year!   Low inventory creates this frenzy.

Mar 09, 2017 01:37 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Goodn't be better is my standard answer.

Mar 07, 2017 04:46 PM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Today would not be a great day for me to answer that question.


Mar 07, 2017 01:44 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Hella I like it when they ask me how the market is. The question that I find amuzing is "Are you still selling real estate"?  So many agents come and go in my market that I can understand why they ask that question - but anybody that knows me KNOWS I'm in the business for keeps and not a fly by night.

Mar 07, 2017 12:31 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Doing great!

Mar 07, 2017 09:57 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I like my husbands answer - he is always so quick with it... "It's always good" it's his go to answer for most things "How are you" - "I'm always good", "Ho';s the weather" "It's always good"

LOL - never fails

Mar 07, 2017 08:29 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

It is awesome for the seller and awesome for buyer. Which one are you?

Mar 07, 2017 07:30 AM
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I just had a lady call me yesterday from blog asking the same question

Mar 07, 2017 07:25 AM
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

That's a great question.  It depends on a lot of different factors.  Why do you ask? 


Mar 07, 2017 06:45 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We have some super values; are you shopping?

Mar 07, 2017 06:24 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

"Terrific"! Are you looking to buy or sell at this time?

Mar 07, 2017 06:19 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

"Great for me!"

Mar 07, 2017 06:01 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Your choice is, "Do you want to sound and act like a real estate agent?"

Then respond to such 'testing' question with "Its great!"
You will have failed the test.

Largely based on the age of the citizen, somewhat on the environment in which you exist and the context in which the question was delivered, a better response can be made that will attract instead of repel the one asking.

Based on the agents awareness, responses could be:

"Real estate is Forever. You know that already. Tell me more about your question?  " or

"All real estate is local. The reality is every real estate condition exists simultaneously. What community do you live in?" or

"Hey, I'm doing fine, how about you?" or

IF you really don't want to talk, phone is ringing, cashier just handed you the receipt, the light turned green, say "Great!"




Mar 07, 2017 05:54 AM
Corinne Guest, Managing Broker
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals

Small talk question, small talk answer. "Great and how are you doing".

Mar 07, 2017 05:40 AM
Jack Lewitz
IL Real Estate Specialists - Evanston, IL

Yes " If you really want to know my answer then it will cost you "

Mar 07, 2017 05:16 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I just refer them to my good friend for an answer

Mar 07, 2017 05:09 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Such a BS question. It really means how are you without any concern as to how the person feels.  I am tired of discussing it with dopes who believe the media over the folks in the trenches.

Mar 07, 2017 04:55 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Very oportunistic

Mar 07, 2017 04:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

It is a good time to take advantages of real estate opportunities.

Mar 07, 2017 04:41 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & personality!

"Great!"    Depending upon where I am, who they are etc it'll escalate from there.  ;)

Mar 07, 2017 04:09 AM
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

Some want to know, some don't. But I keep close tabs on the market and can give a two minute answer on current state of affairs.

Mar 07, 2017 03:31 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Yes, all the time:) And i can talk about it for hours, but I try to hold myself and listen more. 

Mar 06, 2017 10:32 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The answer is always positive.

Mar 06, 2017 08:16 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® Real estate is a good investment.

Mar 06, 2017 08:15 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

If you keep up on the market, it should be easy to give them a snapshot and then expand if they are actually interested.

Mar 06, 2017 07:48 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® Great!

Mar 06, 2017 05:16 PM
Marc Swartz, CPA, CA, Real Estate Broker
Royal LePage Vision Realty, Brokerage, Direct: (416) 737-9800, Office: (416) 321-2228 - Toronto, ON
Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario, Canada

You could always ask what aspect of it they want to know about.

Mar 06, 2017 04:06 PM