Survey Says...Realtors Suck

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Real Estate Technology with BoomTown
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The following post is simply one non-conformists opinion, albeit a relatively educated one...Its my hope that my words, cutting as they may come across, cause an epiphany for more than a few...

This entire post is based on The California Association of Realtors 2008 Home Seller Survey (released in July 2008, I just happened upon the PowerPoint presentation a few days ago) but the statistics are just as relevant today, if not more so...Granted this survey is but a snapshot of an industry, yet pictures are worth thousands of words...You can read the entire survey here.  (All statistical references in this post are derived from the aforementioned survey).

Public perception of the real estate professional and the greater industry is amongst the lowest of any on record.  Consumers are looking for an alternative to the 'traditional' Agent and they're defining what this alternative is, yet relatively very few professional are heeding this demand and actually providing a tangible solution.  This Survey demonstrates to me that 90% of Agents are not providing what the consumer wants...and it is ALL ABOUT THE CONSUMER.

Personally I know alot of fantastic real estate professionals.  Genuinely great people, passionate, always striving to better themselves, their clients, the industry they serve and represent...they're worth every penny they command...they dont suck...I'm just a sucker for a good title (no pun intended).  I could fill this page dropping names like Jay Thompson, Kris Berg, Missy Caulk, Bill Gasset and 30 others nobody has heard of as examples of who I consider to be the vanguard of where this industry should look to as ministers of positive change.  Unfortunately, they're in the minority and a few good apples don't ripen the bunch. 

Agent Perception:  I can Has Consumer!

Talk to most any real estate professional and they will tout their expertise, knowledge and marketing prowess as the main reason you should retain their services.  Most will maintain that commission rates (should) mean very little to the consumer and they're worth every penny. 

 

Consumer Reality: You Suck! 

According to the respondents:

Number One factor considered when choosing an Agent?  Lowest Commission. 

Last reason?  Most knowledgeable.

You'd best start putting your knowledge out there if you hope to attract a client...get a blogsite that rocks, start dropping neighborhood knowledge, get a killer IDX solution...substantiate your value!!  The days of being a prude with your listings and expertise until you had an executed contract are over.

 

I can find out more than you know. 

~70% of respondents polled on 'Information from The Internet vs Information from Agent' indicated that the Net provided information that was as useful, 'different' or more useful than an Agent.  I can only surmise that 'different' means information an agent couldn't or simply didn't provide.  In the Age of Information, lack thereof is akin to being useless.

The ~31% that said The Net provided less useful information than an Agent are part of a 50% declining trend over the past 5 years.

 

You're still (a) very necessary (evil?). 

~95% of respondent sellers still used an agent, which makes perfect sense.  I often state that: While technology won't replace a good real estate Agent, the Agent that properly utilizes technology will replace Agent that doesn't. 

Consider- 74% of 1st time respondent sellers considered not using an Agent, up 46% from 2007.  

 

You can't market your way out of a brown paper bag

Of the reasons given for using an Agent only 7% said it was for 'Better Marketing Exposure'.  Ummm, isn't this what an Agent's core value proposition is supposed to be, to market property?  Consumers clearly do not believe Agents can effectively market their property...yet online and offline marketing is the 1st and 3rd highest reason for choosing an Agent.  This is a huge disconnect and opportunity at the same time.

84% of respondent sellers are searching online and 96% Agents polled use print advertising. Helllllooo!?!  Can you say poor ROI, waste of money?  Newspapers and other print media are going out of business because less and less people read them.  Advertising in these dinosaurs is of almost no value going forward.  

Only 57% of agents use multiple photos or a virtual tour as part of an online home listing.  This just blows my mind.  I'd guess that 50% of the 57% that actually use multiple photos look (kinda) like these:

 

Proper Feng Shui can do wonders for a small space.

 

Extra long chain for convenient access to light. 

 

Sweet shower curtain stays with home!

Thanks to MLS Trash Can for the pictures.  Descriptions by me. 

Seriously, an agent who can't manage to market a property with quality photographs should have their license suspended on principle alone.

 

You're being perpetually judged. 

97% of respondents interviewed 3 or more Agents.  50% interviewed 6 or more Agents.  Consumers are getting more and more finicky about who they hire.  Agents better step up how they present themselves.  Better have an impressive resume and a killer suit = a slick engaging blogsite & robust IDX solution. 

Here's a scary thought (depending on who you are): 

Consumers are lurking on your blog, stalking your FaceBook page, following your Twitter stream, viewing your Flickr account, reading your answers on Trulia, Zillow & ActiveRain, evaluating your IDX, the quality of your multi-media marketing, processing how you engage comment threads and otherwise perpetually judging you under the cloak of anonymity.

How are you representing yourself in public and when you don't think anyone is looking?

 

The silver lining in this post could be that 'The Bar' is so low in a consumers eyes, those Agents willing to set aside their perceptions and confront reality are in a great position to capture some huge marketshare.  Take this information and use it to your advantage rather than deny its validity.

Many Agents are out there cleaning up despite this 'depressing' market...Find them, reach out to them, study their successes...I find the most successful people in life are more than willing to share their successes and help others get there too.  Reciprocity is still live and well...

To hear more, check out this interview with Tim Harris…

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Joe Blow home seller/buyer (I agree and will sell by owner)

Jeff the public perception of the real industry as a whole ranks lower than the insurance industry and possibly lower than attorneys who are thought to be bottom feeders and nothing more than liars. This perception is driven by the lazy and lying agents, which about 90% of real estate agents just happen to be.

The only reason they became Real Estate agents in the first place is because they were too dumb to become lawyers and their fear of prison kept them from pursuing their profession of choice, that of a thief.

The "average home sells for about $175,000.00 of which the real estate industry wants 6% or $10,500.00. What does the home seller get for this $10.500.00 you might ask yourself. The privilege of getting screwed by a Worm.

When does the lying start and when does it end? The lies start the minute you make contact with one of these degenerates and it continues throughout the process or until you put a stop to this legalized form of bank rape.

99.999% of the 90% will show up to tour your home, have you sign the listing agreement and immediately hint towards lowering your asking price. All of this happened without them so much as researching the comps in the area. They then waddle (some strut) out of your home and retrieve a Real Estate Sign from the trunk of the car to be displayed in your front yard; announcing to the world that they have just screwed another fool. Be very careful here as they might actually get you to assist with getting the sign out of the trunk and inserting it into your on gr ass/lawn.

Let us look at the money:  You as a home owner having done your research and having a knowledge of the market in your area and based on the comps see that most homes are being listed for about $189,000, you also realize that everyone will want to play the "Offer" game... so you decide you are really not interested in going that route and tell the real estate agent to list yours at 3% less or $183,500.00.  They are very eager to comply with your wishes, not only are they eager to comply, they also realize how lazy they truly are and suggest dropping it as low as say $175,000 for a quick sale.  Knowing if they can flip/turn it quickly they will be making a trip to the bank with their share of the 6% loot ($10500).

Now some of these greedy worms will tell you they CAN'T sell it unless you replace the tile kitchen counter tops,  people want granite, or you really should offer a flooring allowance because buyers expect wood floors, oh yes and then there is the painting allowance only to be followed up with the Pre Sale Inspection and let us not forget.... to really help sell the house let's consider paying closing cost.   

Trust me; you do not need to know anyone that provides these services..... Your realtor will be able to provide you a list to choose from...(it is this LIST that earned them today's reputation). More than likely it will be their friends and relatives or others that provide them with a Finder's fee.  Yes that is right... we home owners talk, and we all know that you get kick backs, you greedy worms.....you and your list.... "well I can't  tell you which one to use..... but this one ..(begins pointing)..right here..... always shows up on time, does a great job and I have heard great things about them...."

Yeah you heard great things.... the sound of your cash register.... 

If you were smart you would advice your client to look on the internet or ask their friends or co workers.........BUT NO YOU ARE GREEDY PIGS and that is why we look to SUE you or make you part of the law suit.

Your realtor has rang the dinner bell and their family and friends are coming to feast on YOU at your table; while the buzzards circle over head waiting to pick your carcass (bank account) clean of any profit you hoped to realize on the sale of your most prized possession.

Anyone that would allow a real estate agent to suggest or recommend a service provider to include HOME INSPECTION COMPANIES or Remodlers  is asking to be screwed. Real Estate agents don't get paid until the property sells..... It is in their best interest to recommend a person they know will over look certain items during the inspection process. It is a win/win situation for both the agent and the inspector. Same holds true for the other service provider the realtor suggest.

 

I have sold 5 houses and only twice have I used a realtor, in both cases I felt sick to my stomach and yes..... in both cases out came their list of service providers.  Oh yeah we recommend this company for that, they are on our "Preferred Vendors List"  a list that your home office has created for service providers to PAY your company money to be on.... I have just looked at two "Preferred Vendors LIST" while typing this response and both had over a 100 vendors and when I called that brokers offers they told me I could get listed as well for $60.00 a month.  WHAT A JOKE>>>>>>>>>>>>

You have earned your reputation now live with it.

 

Jan 29, 2010 06:09 AM #305
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Wow Joe Blow...

You've made many assumptions here. Our entire industry does not suck. There are many of us who are extrememly good at what we do. It's a shame you've never met us. I can't defend those in the industry that do suck. Nor will I try. I will say it wasn't always like this. Us old timers look around us and our jaws drop at some of what we see going on. It boogles the mind and pisses us off at the same time. We try so hard to lead by example but the industry has changed so much it's almost impossible to do that. There are bad apples in every industry. Such a shame that you've met so many of them.

Should you decide to respond to me, please be a Gentleman with your words. It's all I ask :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jan 29, 2010 09:45 PM #306
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Honest Agent Deb

Holly Mackerel Joe Blow, you do paint with a wide brush. Thank you for your input as well as that generous ten percent of people in this industry might be good. I would like to think that I am in the 10 percent that is not branded by you as lazy and a liar.

Granted, there are bad apples in every industry, as I am sure there are in your chosen field. To say that 90% of us fall into that category is a bit unfair. (Iam being kind to you )

I had to read your comments twice, you covered a lot of real estate (no pun intended), you made some interesting points and one in particular.

"The List": At one time I also had a list of " Trusted Companies" I would " Offer for Consideration" , but it was to provide assistance to my client (who might be new to the neighborhood, city, state or even country) and not as you suggest (for monetary gain).

I would agree with you, the quickest way to get named in a lawsuit is by participating in the practice of recommending service providers. Been there Done that, but not for compensation.

In my case the Home Inspector was fined and put on probation (our state requires them to be licensed), I lost a client and a lot of sleep, not because I did anything wrong but because some clown did. That I foolishly offered for consideration. NEVER AGAIN! I tell my clients to use Yahoo or Google and to research their choice.

When Painting Trim, use a 1" brush and not a Roller.

 

Jan 30, 2010 12:07 AM #307
Anonymous
Reformed Realtor

I'm a reformed Realtor and in constant recovery.   Just check http://www.justhanbai.com

Feb 21, 2010 01:08 AM #308
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Reformed Realtor

I'm a reformed Realtor and in constant recovery.   Just check http://www.justhanbai.com

Feb 21, 2010 01:09 AM #309
Ambassador
556,768
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

I'm a reformed Realtor too...

But there ain't no as recovering from it :)

TLW...ROAR!

Feb 21, 2010 09:11 AM #310
Anonymous
Joseph

I am a buyer, and have a similar impression of 98% of the Realtors I have met.  If at all possible, and with very few exceptions I agree that most Realtors including associates and brokers think that because they are salesmen they are allowed to lie and cheat.  The difference is that a con-artist knows they are a liar.  The biggest lie that  most Realtors make is to themselves when thEy start believing their own lies. 

Hear are a few anecdotes which should start your bells ringing.  BTW, most of my business associates are involved in REAL property/  Most all of them, other than Realtrs will agree with me.

Here is a fun one!  I was recently invited to a party with mostly Realtors, loan brokers, developers and investors.  I had a conversation with a broker with over 35 years of experience and asked him this direct question.  When you hire an associate and later you find out he has been lying or cheating your customers what would you do?  Was he cheating me?  No! Well then, that is not good, but how was he caught? It depends if he is productive and it depends if I have to know about it ---he laughed- and was VERY serious.  If they are bringing me a lot of money (listing and closing) and they don't take up my time and don't owe me money...what the hell.  I just want them to be careful...and don't tell me about it.  If I had to talk to them, I would warn them to be very careful and not do anything  that will get them caught or embarass my agency!

From the mouth of a very successful well-connected (politically---with the C.A.R. N.A.R.  and State Dept of Real Estate  D.R.E.

Every other Realtor - broker I polled agreed with my "friend".  Why should I know?  I can't watch every agent 24/7.  However, If they are not productive they get the boot.

 

 

 

  

Apr 27, 2010 12:44 PM #311
Anonymous
Joseph

I am a buyer, and have a similar impression of 98% of the Realtors I have met.  If at all possible, and with very few exceptions I agree that most Realtors including associates and brokers think that because they are salesmen they are allowed to lie and cheat.  The difference is that a con-artist knows they are a liar.  The biggest lie that  most Realtors make is to themselves when thEy start believing their own lies. 

Hear are a few anecdotes which should start your bells ringing.  BTW, most of my business associates are involved in REAL property/  Most all of them, other than Realtrs will agree with me.

Here is a fun one!  I was recently invited to a party with mostly Realtors, loan brokers, developers and investors.  I had a conversation with a broker with over 35 years of experience and asked him this direct question.  When you hire an associate and later you find out he has been lying or cheating your customers what would you do?  Was he cheating me?  No! Well then, that is not good, but how was he caught? It depends if he is productive and it depends if I have to know about it ---he laughed- and was VERY serious.  If they are bringing me a lot of money (listing and closing) and they don't take up my time and don't owe me money...what the hell.  I just want them to be careful...and don't tell me about it.  If I had to talk to them, I would warn them to be very careful and not do anything  that will get them caught or embarass my agency!

From the mouth of a very successful well-connected (politically---with the C.A.R. N.A.R.  and State Dept of Real Estate  D.R.E.

Every other Realtor - broker I polled agreed with my "friend".  Why should I know?  I can't watch every agent 24/7.  However, If they are not productive they get the boot.

 

 

 

  

Apr 27, 2010 12:44 PM #312
Anonymous
Joseph

This response is called "PLAUSIBLE deniability" which is effectively an intentional  FRAUD called "CONTROL FRAUD" and it can be investigated by the federal government, and it IS A FEDERAL CRIME, which was prosecuted during the last S&L loan crisis.   I want to see a perp walk again only for ESTATE AGENTS. 

I know Realtors who drove around with an Escalade which visited homeless sheleters. He was offering free meals and drinks on the house at nice restaurants to hear his sales spiel.  The spiel? No job, No income, no credit buyers to buy a house with CASH BACK at closing.  No obligation, just sign here.  In 3o days I'll come by here give you the keys to YOUR house...but YOU buy me dinner with your "winnings".   If you want...rent out rooms to your friends, and if you don't like the house for ANY reason, I'll list it for you and sell it to the highest bidder.  You keep the difference!  JUST like TV flipper shows.  This jerk was a city councilman and the mayor was his licensed appraiser.  All others on the city council were also in on the scam and the builders in the group also employed the city zoning planners. 

 

I TURNED THEM IN to the NAR--  NOTHING

I TURNED THEM In to the CAR-- NOTHING

I TURNED THEM IN to the DA---NOTHING

"   "   "  "    "    "   Local area Realtor Association---NOTHING guess who the president of the association was?

I turned them into the state DRE---NOTHING

 

It looks like REALTORS earned the right for people to hate them.

 

 

Apr 27, 2010 12:59 PM #313
Anonymous
Joseph

This response is called "PLAUSIBLE deniability" which is effectively an intentional  FRAUD called "CONTROL FRAUD" and it can be investigated by the federal government, and it IS A FEDERAL CRIME, which was prosecuted during the last S&L loan crisis.   I want to see a perp walk again only for ESTATE AGENTS. 

I know Realtors who drove around with an Escalade which visited homeless sheleters. He was offering free meals and drinks on the house at nice restaurants to hear his sales spiel.  The spiel? No job, No income, no credit buyers to buy a house with CASH BACK at closing.  No obligation, just sign here.  In 3o days I'll come by here give you the keys to YOUR house...but YOU buy me dinner with your "winnings".   If you want...rent out rooms to your friends, and if you don't like the house for ANY reason, I'll list it for you and sell it to the highest bidder.  You keep the difference!  JUST like TV flipper shows.  This jerk was a city councilman and the mayor was his licensed appraiser.  All others on the city council were also in on the scam and the builders in the group also employed the city zoning planners. 

 

I TURNED THEM IN to the NAR--  NOTHING

I TURNED THEM In to the CAR-- NOTHING

I TURNED THEM IN to the DA---NOTHING

"   "   "  "    "    "   Local area Realtor Association---NOTHING guess who the president of the association was?

I turned them into the state DRE---NOTHING

 

It looks like REALTORS earned the right for people to hate them.

 

 

Apr 27, 2010 12:59 PM #314
Anonymous
Joseph

I noticed that the polite word "suck" was used to describe ineffective or foolish Realtor behavior.   What do you call CRIMINAL behavior?  The Realtors I know call it  "business".  What I don't understand is that there is a ton of LEGITIMATE profits to be made, so why CHEAT, LIE, and con sheep into transactions that will only piss them off, once the Realtor has cashed their checks and gone on to the next victim.

I figured out a way to quickly identfiy the con-artists in Real estate.  Rule number one---they don't want to talk to anyone who knows what they are doing...even a little bit.  Why waste time with someone who will catch your games?  Most of the Realtors I know  will lie, cheat, steal, or say ANYTHING to get a listing contract, and they wait for a sucker to buy it    Enough listings will get you some cash without having to work.  If you give high enougjh comps, the sucker will be happy to list it with you.

Lets look at the Multiple Offer game-  I know which game? There are so many ways to create a phony demand that I could write a book.  All of these games or tricks should be a crime and be punishable by prison.

Here is s popular one.  The house ---a 1940's tract cheesebox with more termites in it than nails.  DOM is  now over 365 days, and the price has been reduced to almost short sale level.  There was equity in the dump before the first dip of the market crash, the seller is frantic, but what the hell lets go for the moon? It was originally a conventional 30 yr mortgage, no liens, no seconds no HELOC.

Buyer sees dump and makes dumb mistake-  He tells his agent why he wants to buy.  IDIOT FOOL!   Buyers Agent blabs all over the place and his Realtor buddies set up the buyer.  They quickly pull the  listing and relist it at a  higher price.  The buyer is a cash buyer--and blabbed this to his "Buyers agent"

After a week of squeezing psyche games, they "find" this little jewel which really ahs had ZERO activity over the past YEAR.  Its an eye sore---fixer extraordinaire.

Buyer makes offer---(at this newly higher listed price) Buyer  doesn't  know about the original asking prive, DOM or anything   NO  DUE DILIGENCE by the Buyers agent.  Just fraud.

Here goes, buyers agent show HIGH "comps" to buyer.  Buyer makes cash offer 20% above REAL comps in local area.  "...Sorry we have multiple offers--- You have to come in with an offer to show you are serious ..."  "...Your offer is so low, it is embarassing to me to offer it (I have heard this scam before) .   What about the "offers"?  They are offers at higher amounts but with five pages of contingencies that would allow them to walk from the deal for almost any reason.  The offer checks?  They were from family members of the brokers involved.  Different last names.  The checks were NOT REAL.  They were photocopies of real checks witjh NO money to cover them.

Buyer gives up fighting HIS BUYERS AGENT AND ALL OTHER CONSPIRATORS and bids 40% above this asking.  Guess what he "won the bid" by bidding against himself.  Now normally all these sneaky tricks would be hush hush.  See no evil etc etc.  Typical Realtor games.  BUT  I know the BUYER AND HIS BUYERS AGENT  AND THE LISTING BROKER.

EACH PARTY TOLD ME WHAT THEY WERE DOING---ON THEIR OWN.  The buyer was a business associate.  The Realtors were people I knew--BUT THEY HAD TO BRAG TO ME---trying to show off how good they were at stealing.  There were many more illegal acts...this is enough.

What did I do?  I played back a recording of the telephone calls I had with the listing agent and Buyers agent to prepare a lawsuit and/or criminal investigation.  BTW buyers agent related to President of local Realtor  Board.  I filed complaints with all REALTORS orgs  NAR etc.

Bottom line--->  The general idea was if Realtors could trick a smart person with money CAVEAT EMPTOR.  SCREW YOU customer.

I am waiting , with a real estate attorney to catch the next scam.  If I catch one, I will have them prosecuted to serve as an example.  THIS STUFF HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.

 

 

 

      

 

 

Apr 27, 2010 03:29 PM #315
Anonymous
Joseph

I noticed that the polite word "suck" was used to describe ineffective or foolish Realtor behavior.   What do you call CRIMINAL behavior?  The Realtors I know call it  "business".  What I don't understand is that there is a ton of LEGITIMATE profits to be made, so why CHEAT, LIE, and con sheep into transactions that will only piss them off, once the Realtor has cashed their checks and gone on to the next victim.

I figured out a way to quickly identfiy the con-artists in Real estate.  Rule number one---they don't want to talk to anyone who knows what they are doing...even a little bit.  Why waste time with someone who will catch your games?  Most of the Realtors I know  will lie, cheat, steal, or say ANYTHING to get a listing contract, and they wait for a sucker to buy it    Enough listings will get you some cash without having to work.  If you give high enougjh comps, the sucker will be happy to list it with you.

Lets look at the Multiple Offer game-  I know which game? There are so many ways to create a phony demand that I could write a book.  All of these games or tricks should be a crime and be punishable by prison.

Here is s popular one.  The house ---a 1940's tract cheesebox with more termites in it than nails.  DOM is  now over 365 days, and the price has been reduced to almost short sale level.  There was equity in the dump before the first dip of the market crash, the seller is frantic, but what the hell lets go for the moon? It was originally a conventional 30 yr mortgage, no liens, no seconds no HELOC.

Buyer sees dump and makes dumb mistake-  He tells his agent why he wants to buy.  IDIOT FOOL!   Buyers Agent blabs all over the place and his Realtor buddies set up the buyer.  They quickly pull the  listing and relist it at a  higher price.  The buyer is a cash buyer--and blabbed this to his "Buyers agent"

After a week of squeezing psyche games, they "find" this little jewel which really ahs had ZERO activity over the past YEAR.  Its an eye sore---fixer extraordinaire.

Buyer makes offer---(at this newly higher listed price) Buyer  doesn't  know about the original asking prive, DOM or anything   NO  DUE DILIGENCE by the Buyers agent.  Just fraud.

Here goes, buyers agent show HIGH "comps" to buyer.  Buyer makes cash offer 20% above REAL comps in local area.  "...Sorry we have multiple offers--- You have to come in with an offer to show you are serious ..."  "...Your offer is so low, it is embarassing to me to offer it (I have heard this scam before) .   What about the "offers"?  They are offers at higher amounts but with five pages of contingencies that would allow them to walk from the deal for almost any reason.  The offer checks?  They were from family members of the brokers involved.  Different last names.  The checks were NOT REAL.  They were photocopies of real checks witjh NO money to cover them.

Buyer gives up fighting HIS BUYERS AGENT AND ALL OTHER CONSPIRATORS and bids 40% above this asking.  Guess what he "won the bid" by bidding against himself.  Now normally all these sneaky tricks would be hush hush.  See no evil etc etc.  Typical Realtor games.  BUT  I know the BUYER AND HIS BUYERS AGENT  AND THE LISTING BROKER.

EACH PARTY TOLD ME WHAT THEY WERE DOING---ON THEIR OWN.  The buyer was a business associate.  The Realtors were people I knew--BUT THEY HAD TO BRAG TO ME---trying to show off how good they were at stealing.  There were many more illegal acts...this is enough.

What did I do?  I played back a recording of the telephone calls I had with the listing agent and Buyers agent to prepare a lawsuit and/or criminal investigation.  BTW buyers agent related to President of local Realtor  Board.  I filed complaints with all REALTORS orgs  NAR etc.

Bottom line--->  The general idea was if Realtors could trick a smart person with money CAVEAT EMPTOR.  SCREW YOU customer.

I am waiting , with a real estate attorney to catch the next scam.  If I catch one, I will have them prosecuted to serve as an example.  THIS STUFF HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.

 

 

 

      

 

 

Apr 27, 2010 03:29 PM #316
Rainer
147,902
Don Spera
CR Property Group, LLC - East York, PA
Serving York and Adams County, PA

There are way too many people out there that still have a misconception on how much time and energy goes into being successful and how we are constantly on a roller coaster ride.  I don't think John Q. Public will ever understand unless they have been there and done that.

 

Jul 06, 2010 08:53 PM #317
Rainmaker
394,850
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

And here we are in 2011 and things still haven't changed...Until Brokers hold THEIR agents accountable for acting like scuz bags, we are all snake oil salesman.  That's my 2 cents :)

Apr 05, 2011 11:44 AM #318
Ambassador
556,768
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Lol Coop...

Scuz bags. I wouldn't have even known how to spell that one :)

TLW...ROAR!

Apr 06, 2011 02:01 AM #319
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Mike

realtors do suck!!  Some are actually good and attempt to work and bring value-add to a client but most just suck

 

 

Montgomery triangle is awesome!

Oct 13, 2011 01:49 AM #320
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Very entertaining comments, I am surprised that these "ethical" people spent volumes to disparage a profession, yet did not bother to identify themselves.  If I was that upset, I would leave a phone number so that someone could call me to discuss the situation.

 

I am not a Real estate agent, but I do work with a lot of them.  Most are very honest people and the only complaints that I have are that they spend too much effort on CYA and they let too many unqualified people into the profession who end up washing out within a year.

Those who make it past that first year are generally very competant (unless they have a spouse supporting them), and always do their best to look out for their clients interests.

Feb 18, 2013 10:29 PM #321
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Jose Miori
I couldn't agree more, It is sad that we are reduced to be compared by the commission we charge. On my experience my clients like to be listened, understanded and respected in terms of time. The main complain against other colleagues is that they are pushy and do not take not now as an answer. You might say it is a principle of selling but you may get one more listing but you leave an unhappy client and the profession gets hurt. Jose http://www.miorireal.com
May 12, 2014 07:31 AM #322
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Jackie Coakley

Frankly, this blog is kind to realtors. They occupy a unique nexus of lazy, stupid and dishonest. Are there exceptions? Sure...maybe one in a thousand.

Apr 10, 2015 06:19 AM #323
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Mark

Here are three words for any realtor you may hire "By Appointment Only". That is the only way I have or will ever show any property. They have to make an appointment with me personally or they don't get in period. In other words, drive bys, hang up no message, no call, whatever, I just do not answer the door. And yes, you got it, I do own a gun.

May 07, 2015 05:32 AM #324
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