Yet another visit to the Proverbial Dog and Pony Show

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker

 In a day and an age when we work hard, and I mean really hard, why is it that we have to shake our heads in disbelief, and wonder what it takes to get others on the same page? Hence, there still are times in the Waukesha County Real estate market that I see the emergence of the Proverbial Dog and Pony Show. A few examples:

1.) I go and reconfirm my appointment an hour away. "Now I am on my way and it's my intention to list your property. Is that your intention as well?" I get there and no one there. I shake my head. I get a hold of the seller later that day and they say "Something came up, can we make it another time?" No, we cant! Sellers; Waukesha County real estate brokers and Waukesha County real estate agents want nothing more than to see you at a closing in Waukesha County,or any Wisconsin Real estate county for that manner. The first step is to physically be there for your appointment. It really helps, and this way we can get the telepathy out of the way.

2.) I go to show a property and there is no sign, and better yet, the lock box I was told to use is not there. I call the agents office. Well, he returns his voice mails between 1-3 and "leave a message and he will get back promptly." Yeah, my rump he will. Agents, if we can't see the property across town with binoculars, and I show up to show the property, and most likely sell your Waukesha Real estate, don't you think I am worthy of getting into the home? Don't you think the seller is worthy of an offer? Is it me, or camouflage, or is there no sign in the yard? Note: pictures in the MLS really improve the appearance in the Internet and to other brokers that want to make sure the property isn't a rhombus. You can use my camera if you want.

3.) If I write an offer for you on Thursday, and it becomes Monday do you think it's a good time to get over to the Sellers home in this blazing hot market and present my offer. I know your busy, but what the heck so am I. better yet, don't call me and say "I don't know if this will fly" No it won't, it does not have wings, and you can present it. They will counter it, reject it (keep it alive, I would for you) and maybe in this resoundingly amazing market hey may accept it. Actually, it's close in price, just read it.

4.) Hi Tom "Glad to hear from you. We went with another commercial broker because they said there company does a lot of commercial property and they would come over and tour the building. The building sold and we got our check. Mark and I are going to move down to our home in Florida and reinvest the money with the check we have." Sellers, remember what I told you about a Federal IRS section code 1031? I am glad you felt compelled to list with someone else. I am also glad it sold; you are nice people and I wish you the best. At this point I don't have the heart to tell you that the time to put your money with the facilitator was at closing with your Starker exchange, and you have 45 days after closing to designate your properties to close on, and after you add your depreciation back in, and calculate your gain the good news is you will avoid paying any capital gains, or at least until you do something else with your new property down the road. It's now too late, and it's after the fact. I told you to talk to your accountant, and your attorney. Have a good trip.

Point: We work hard and we are responsible. In hard times why aren't others at times?

Point: Why when there needs to be major exposure in properties is there mystery listings with no access?

Point: Time is a major factor in negotiating, and communication is great. Write an offer, present it.

Point: If something is too good to be true; it just may be that. Too good to be true. I really want you to succeed. I'm a big boy, and if I ask you to see your professional tax advisor it's because I care. It's because you owned a property for 20 years and you were counting on the money. I just wanted to help.

I work hard, and i mean well. I would rather let you down now than later. My phone is always on.Call me.

 

 

 

Wishing you a productive day, and see you at closing!

Tom Braatz 

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Comments (8)

Kat DeLong
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
REALTOR

Oh Tom... did you hit on a sore spot with me!  This kind of CRAP is happening more and more. I've fired TWO buyers in the past six months (I work mostly with buyers) because they HAD no respect for MY time.  Bah-bye, I said, and I feel great.

Now agents and their lack of professionalism is another sore spot. Grrrrrr What is their problem about NOT returning calls?  Hello, aren't we all in this biz to make $$$ and provide our clients with excellent service?  Grrrrr

Jun 12, 2009 03:26 AM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Kat

it's getting kind of crazy out there; the egos we have to deal with these days are incredible. Your right about all of us being in this together and to make a few dollars.

Jun 12, 2009 06:14 AM
Kat DeLong
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
REALTOR

Tom: I am ashamed of MANY Realtors!

Jun 12, 2009 08:03 AM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Kat

I can tell that some have rubbed you the wrong way. It is really an easy business if everyone where on the same page.

Jun 12, 2009 08:08 AM
Brenda Carus
Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate - Monroe, WI

Oh, I can think of a couple of those unprofessional realtors myself these days. There is one in particular who never returns a call.  Some people simply lack integrity.  Do the right thing and the right things will happen is my motto.

BTW, were your ears burning yesterday?  I was showing the building next door to the one you sold in Monticello and chatting with the owner about you.  Good luck with Rick tomorrow!

Jun 12, 2009 09:11 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Tom, you nailed it....it never fails to amaze me how some people survive this business in spite of themselves....I do, however, feel sorry for their clients.

Jo

Jun 12, 2009 11:09 AM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Brenda

I am suprised you got out of the building; Dave is a nice guy but he sure likes to chat. I like him. All I have to do is put a tenant in the lower and it is all full. I will see Rick at 9; thanks for the referral.

Jun 12, 2009 02:18 PM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Hi Jo

Hoe is my forever friend in Ontario? It never ceases to amaze me how some survive in this business as well. Kind of like real estate barnacles.

Jun 12, 2009 02:20 PM