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Realtors comments on Outrageousagents.com

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Affiliates

Now some Realtors are entering their comments on Outrageousagents.com.  These comments could develop into some interesting NAR Code of Ethics issues.  I hope any Realtor that is slammed inappropriately by another Realtor is willing to stand up and use our Code of Ethics as a tool to remedy the situation.  I believe in our Code of Ethics.  I ask all Realtors thinking about making an entry on outrageousagents.com to first think about the Code of Ethics that they became signatory to when they became a Realtor.

Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

If websites like this are going to become popular, agents would be wise to monitor them.

Sep 06, 2009 03:31 AM
Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

I havent' heard of this site before....will check it out...if it is open to the public, it sounds like a bad idea...we have the appropriate venue for waging complaints, it is called the Professional Standards committee at our local board!

Sep 06, 2009 03:34 AM
Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

Just checked it out....it seems more of a site for the public to complain about US...THANK GOD there really wasn't much on it, only a few posts over the last 60 days... the top one had a seller complaining about their agent, but then another client posted a comment praising that agent.

From what I heard, this is actually the future...sites that will review us!  If Realtors don't get ahead of it and control it, it will be done from the public side, and we will have no control...

 

Sep 06, 2009 03:46 AM
Cheryl Thomson REALTOR Ret Army
United Real Estate DC Metro Region (703.216.5635) cheryltee47@gmail.com - Prince William, VA
Associate Broker in Northern Virginia

You would think if you have been in the business pass a number of years you would be on top of things and be concerned of ones reputation...thanks for passing this on.  Now you made me curious!

Sep 06, 2009 03:46 AM
Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate/ PECO
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Draper, UT
Broker Results Real Estate/Leasing Specialist PECO

Wow another place for people to complain about agents.  This time its even worse, other agents are slamming each other.  I agree with you, agents need to think twice before even thinking about writing a comment on this site.  Our code of ethics is pretty straight forward concerning this issue.  Don't do it people, stick to the code of ethics and resist the urge to vent to the public.  You'll only regret it.   Great post, Thank you

Sep 06, 2009 03:54 AM
Ashley Sharum
972.978.3109 - Dallas, TX
Ebby Halliday Realtors

Wow, that link has got some nerve. I agree though, with their goal - making the process of choosing a Realtor completely transparrant so that you can review professionals in much the same way as other rating sites. I used to be a party to ratemyprofesser.com and we've all read reviews before purchasing electronics or before visiting a restaurant, right?

In addition, their message is clear and somewhat agreeable. If you think you can market your home by yourself and save something by not hiring a Realtor and going FSBO, then more power to you. But when you get your price point from flawed websites and list your home too high, combined with an inadequate marketing plan, expect to face more time with a sign in your yard than you'd like. 

Thanks for posting the link, Bill.

Sep 06, 2009 03:57 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Bill ~ I actually think that all of the review sites are one of the worst online innovations.  Providing a forum for the snarkiest among us and for those with a grudge is just gross and ugly.  I joined angieslist for example but the bad reviews - and their disgusting commercials - just give me the willies.  Reviewing a book or a product of some sort is one thing, service providers another thing all together.  There are always two sides to a story and some services simply can't be reviewed appropriately by a layperson.  Just my two cents.

Liz

Sep 06, 2009 04:06 AM
Anonymous
OutrageousAgents

As the person behind OutrageousAgents.com, let me be perfectly clear: some of you truly are wonderful agents. Unfortunately, many of you are not, are not worth a penny of commission, and clearly got into the business at a time when anyone could sell anything to anyone.

The agents who will be successful in the future are agents who will move to a fixed fee structure, instead of a commission based on house value which is a meaningless number. It doesn't require any more work to close on a house that sells for $850k than it does $200k. Why should you get paid more? 

Additionally, the Internet is the great equalizer. Anyone with a little motivation and know-how can market a home on their own, put it in the MLS through a FSBO service, and hire a lawyer to do the legal work. The total cost -- a few thousand dollars instead of $20k or $30k. As you may have read on the site, I just sold my home myself -- a home worth closer to a million than $200k. We're happily paying the buyer's agent 3%, but saw no need to pay a realtor to market the house. What I found, through countless showings, is that the younger agents "get it." The older agents are just angry, and more concerned about sending out post cards with their face on front, than actually changing with the times. If the Real Estate Agent profession doesn't change -- and fast -- real estate agents will unquestionably follow in the footsteps of travel agents. Except for very complicated transactions, everything will be done online. Your entire profession, much like travel agents, will be phased out.

Which brings me back to the start of all of this: there are two types of agents. Great agents who are changing with the times and understand the National Association of Realtors may be leading you all to follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs, and those who believe the way things are done in 2009 should be exactly the way things were done in 1979. These are the agents who are living in an era gone by, and may lead the entire industry to extinction. 

Sep 06, 2009 06:07 AM
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