I visit another board sponsored by a home and garden network featuring real estate and decorating shows, you all know the initials. The posts on there are really eye opening about how many of us are running/ruining our real estate businesses.
Take a stroll through some of the topics -
"I can't sell my Miami Home - The poster has been trying to sell her home for 2.5 years. Her agent blows her off and doesn't bother to answer questions, just says we don't do it that way here. Currently, the agent is away on a 2 week vacation, it seems the poster has no one at the agency to contact with her concerns.
Next post after several responses critiques of the photography - really bad, and the write up - very confusing.
Subsequent posts it comes out that if she wants more marketing of her home, video tour etc, the agent told her she could pay for it. The comments go on and on. After several more posts the general consensus is to dump the agent and go shopping for a new one.
Another Post -
This person - their listing just disappeared and no one can figure out why. She has questions about why so few showings in a short period of time, the response from the agent according to the poster is they need to cut down a tree, instead of take better photos.
After more posts - it seems the listing agent is not being communicative and doesn't seem to be very proactive.
last one, but I could go on;
"These buyers are confused about what is a cash sale vs a mortgage and if they change their mind mid stream what affect will it have on the purchase. The agent didn't or wouldn't answer so they came to the board seeking answers.
(I was going to post the actual comments in quotes, but decided I didn't want to run afoul of the Permission to Post question.)
Now, what do all these have in common? Where is their real estate agent? Why are they not doing their job? Isn't that what we get very nice commissions (sometimes) to do?
Why are they on a public forum getting advice from strangers with no knowledge of real estate in their market? Because the real estate agent got the contract or the listing and disappeared. We all love to trot out the list of everything we do to earn our commission, but looks to me from looking at other boards, a lot of us are not walking the walk.
So, what questions are your clients asking in an open forum.
Oh, many times Mr and Ms Agent - the listing info is included and everyone can see who it is giving such bad service to their clients.
I just thought ya'll like to know.