Real Estate is a Team Sport!

Real Estate Sales Representative with Coldwell Banker, Vanguard Realty

Unfortunately some of our bretheren do not know it but Real Estate is a team sport. Let me stop there.

I have to extend love and appreciation to all me friends in the business who are some of the best team mates I have ever know. Thank you!

Begin again. Have you ever had a transaction with an agent that was more interested in being some undefined hero that they lost the house for their buyer or mismanaged the negotiations for their seller? It's exhausting and tiresome. Those of us that pick up the slack like on any team go ahead and take one for the team and do what it takes to make it work. Why? As professionals we know real estate is about the people we serve and never about us.

What's the problem with this. One we enable folks to remain in this business (stay on the team) that are not qualified. Two, it's a disservice to the paying public.

We need each other. When we list a house we are asking the whole real estate population to work with us to get that listing sold. If we prove lazy, unresponsive, difficult, arrogant or otherwise someone they prefer not to deal with, your listing may find it's way to the bottom of the pile.

Consumers need to make sure they hire a well respected professional not a smooth talking hot shot. They may both get the job done in the end but it might cost them in ways they never planned.....

Comments (6)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The active market in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC is bringing out some of the worst in agents. Keys are missing from lock boxes or broken off in the locks to stop others from showing properties when multiple contracts are expected.

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May 20, 2009 07:08 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

You are right....but also we have to make sure that we are representing our clients fully. I find the flip side is the agent who wants to be my "buddy" and just get the deal done regardless of whether it's in their or my cient's best interest...don't like that either.

May 20, 2009 07:11 AM
Kim Knapp
Coldwell Banker, Vanguard Realty - Fleming Island, FL
Top Realtor Jacksonville and Orange Park Florida


I totally agree and that's not fulfilling our professional obligation either. I believe either does a disservice.

However If I had an that was trying to work with me overly to help their customers get what they wanted.,It's up to me to protect my customers and their best interest in all transactions. I do believe that this market has caused us to lose some wonderful full time folks that this was their primary source of income to support their families and it just wasn't enough. Hence in many markets we have been left with posers that pretend to be  professionals and only hurt what so many of us have worked so hard for.

I have a problem with letting it go on, yet don't have the answer to stop it. My brain keeps going customers team, customers team. Ugh......

May 20, 2009 07:23 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

How right you are it is a team effort everyone must work together.

May 20, 2009 07:33 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Good post...hope everyone reads this.

May 20, 2009 07:37 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Kim, this is such a good point. I don't know what the solution is. Higher standards? Some people will always squeeze through. It's true, people do gravitate towards the people they know will be easier to work with - more professional. Part time agents have been a huge problem for us. They really don't know the business and are extremely difficult to reach when they're working a full time job.


May 28, 2009 02:28 AM