Today, I received an email from one of our areas top agents and one of my best clients. She's hard working, ethical and just an overall great person. I would say, her clients are lucky to have her on their side. I'll call her "Yvonne".
"Yvonne" needs me to destage one of her listings. Of course, I have to ask if the home sold? No, not sold and the home seller is planning on either listing with another agent or renting.
Listing with another agent? Why would he do that? Doesn't he realize that he's already listed with one of the best and that it's not her fault that the house has not sold?!
As a matter of fact, this particular home seller has been doing some research. He's been talking to other agents who have homes listed in his community. Guess what they told him?
His home was being BOYCOTTED! What?!?! Boycotted? Isn't that something we do to show our civil commitment or patriotism?
Here's "Yvonne's" exact words: "He's been told by a couple people that maybe his house is not being shown, because I'm not from the east valley."
I am absolutely shocked and mortified! Surely this is not a common practice in the real estate industry? With the real estate market in the slump that it's in, I can't imagine not showing a house to a perspective buyer just because the agent lives in a different zip code.
Perhaps I've lived too long in my own-sweet world, that I am naive to the business dealings of the "real world", but I would hope that selling one of the 50,000+ houses listed on Arizona's MLS is more important than such an insignificant detail as where the agent is from?
Have you ever heard of such a practice? Is this common? Shouldn't it be wrong?