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Don't bother me. I'm a Realtor.

Reblogger Chris Payton
Real Estate Sales Representative with Coldwell Banker Faucette Real Estate

I cannot believe an agent would be so insensitive!  He either makes too much money (I can't imagine how he makes it with this attitude) OR doesn't need any more, and in this case he should turn this listing over to a hungry young agent who'd do anything to sell this house!  It's agents like this that make us all look bad....shame on you, Mr "Don't Bother Me"!!!

Original content by Amy Jones Group DRE# SA528757000

Maricopa Real EstateI tried to set up an appointment today to show a short sale in Maricopa, AZ.  The Realtor Instructions on the listing went something like this:

"Listing agent office hours, Monday-Friday 8-4. Do not call me with any questions about the home unless you have seen it and are going to write an offer. Do not call me. Please email or text me. Do not call me on Sunday"

Are you kidding me?  My Buyer and I both decided we didn't want to deal with this agent now OR during escrow, so we didn't bother to see it.

One question, Mr "Don't Bother Me"~ Does your Seller know the potential harm you are causing him, if no one wants to see his home due to your limitations? 

What will you do when the time runs out on this short sale and the Seller is foreclosed on? Will you be available for the court date when the Seller wants to sue you for limiting the exposure on his home which may have contributed the ruin of his financial future?




Amy Jones, Realtor, ABR, CNE, EPro, CDPE
Chandler, Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Tempe & Mesa
Named one of the "Top 50 Real Estate Agents" by the Phoenix Business Journal 

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4921 S. Alma School Rd
Chandler, Arizona

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Connie King
Sevierville, TN

Amazing ....  can't believe he will be an agent for much longer.   I guess he doesn't know what good client relationships are about and never will.

Jan 24, 2010 11:21 AM
Tom Brintzenhofe
Exit Diamond Realty - Wyomissing, PA

Amazing what you come across in this business. I would have gone elsewhere too!


Jan 24, 2010 11:21 AM
Maggie Dokic /Indialantic | 321-252-8696
Magdalena Dokic - Indialantic, FL
Selling the beach in Florida's space coast

There's an REO lister in our Miami market that puts in the MLS "don't call to find out if your fax was received."  Every time I run across a listing of his and see that it makes my blood boil.  I'm supposed to ASSUME that the fax went through and was received on the other end because he doesn't want to be bothered. 

Jan 24, 2010 11:22 AM
Terri Adams-Scott
J. Rockcliff, REALTORS - Walnut Creek, CA
Realtor, Walnut Creek CA Real Estate

You have to often wonder if Agents ever give their clients a copy of the MLS listing!  This guy apparently doesn't...unless their seller is of the same mentality.  Unbelievable!

Jan 24, 2010 11:25 AM
Lisa Walston
Atlas Property Group and Abbey Church Properties - Greenwood, IN

Good Grief!

Jan 24, 2010 11:35 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

A recurring theme running through posts here on Active Rain (both Public and Members Only) is the incessant moaning and groaning from some REALTORs that have the misguided belief that the only way to effectively communicate is to use the telephone.

They bang on and on about how agents who choose to communicate via email (for the written record it provides) are somehow "lazy", "arrogant" or some other variation of a derogatory term, without stopping to think that by behaving this way they are violating Article 15 of the REALTOR Code of Ethics.

They drag out their crystal balls and winge on about how agents who handle communication differently than they do will " be run out of town", "fail miserably", "be hung drawn and quartered for failing their clients", blah, blah, blah....

What a load of drivel!

What they studiously avoid is acknowledging that it's because of their own preference for using the telephone that they are petrified as more and more tech savvy agents find ways to make their businesses more efficient by migrating away from the telephone and towards other methods of communication.

I have no problem with agents who prefer to use the telephone.  I don't criticize them for doing so.  I don't however tolerate inappropriate and unethical behavior and let it go unchallenged!

In their "rush to judgment" they fail to realize that by spewing forth this unwarranted criticism they are displaying themselves for all to see as UNETHICAL REALTORS!

What makes them think that anyone gives a hoot about what an unethical REALTOR thinks!?

Dec 29, 2010 12:55 AM
Chris Payton

I did not write this post, and didn't repost this on purpose....I accidentally reposted it...meant to comment, not re-post.  It's not that I myself criticize agents for using email or text....those are my PREFERRED methods of communicating, for the same reason as you....it's more convenient, it provides a written record of the conversation, and it can be done when time permits.

I don't care HOW someone communicates, as long as they communicate in some way.  I had a customer last week who wanted to see a duplex listed by another broker.  I called the office, and they didn't know how to reach the tenants, and I left a voicemail, sent a text, and sent an email to the listing agent and he never returned my call, text or email.  My buyer was a cash buyer, and was anxious to buy something.  THAT's the disservice to his client.  It was nearly 2 weeks before I actually was able to contact this agent, and was finally able to show my buyer...but that buyer was patient.  Most buyers get discouraged and won't wait.

Would you want to list with an agent that says "don't call me....and you won't reach me Sundays either!"???  I wouldn't.

It's NON-communication that I don't like....I don't care what form it takes, as long as I hear back in a reasonable amount of time. 

Dec 29, 2010 05:29 AM