This is a response I made regarding a Blog discussion in Real Town's Real Talk.
In the 32 years I've been a Realtor in the Lake Minnetonka area of Minneapolis, MN, I have always made it my priority to serve my listing clients by marketing their listings to the fullest degree and exposure to the most Realtors and prospects as soon as possible. I agree that it is nice to get both sides of the transaction, but those agents and/or Brokers, who make an effort (by various means) to sell it themselves or "in house" are doing a disservice to their clients, the sellers. I always have a Broker Open House, advertised on our RMLS as soon as possible to invite all the co-Brokers in the area so everyone will know about the home and get a chance to see it inside. Holding it off the market to prevent other Realtors and prospects from being able to show it and sell it is a disservice to the sellersl. Let's just do the right thing and stop quibbling over the things some Realtors may do that are possibly unethical or illegal in their areas and states. Obviously there are some exceptions that are worthy and honorable reasons for holding the property as NON-MLS or TNAS, but let's get on with the business of advertising, marketing and selling listings with integrity.
Nancy Middleton, REALTOR, CRS, CDPE, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Lake Minnetonka Center
215 Walker Ave. S.
Wayzata, MN 55391