I remember touring with some of my office mates in 2008 when an agent made a snide comment about one of my "smelly" listings. I chewed him out then and left the entire van full of agents silent for a few minutes.
FAST FORWARD TO 2010: I no longer defend my listings, because I find there are plenty of agents who are jealous of my business and now even, though sometimes grudgingly, admire me. I paid my dues when REO was the cause of snickering (kind of like the country song about wearing blue jeans before they were hot).
The snide agent, like many others, has closed one deal this year. I smile on my way to the bank to cash commission checks. Yes, I put up with a lot of bureaucracy. Yes, I have sometimes overwhelming expenses in property preservation and paperwork to get reimbursements. Yes, I pay referral fees and receive a smaller commission than the selling agent. Yes, I often have to talk the other agent through the process of closing an REO deal. And, yes, I do sometimes have a "smelly" listing, BUT I AM LISTING AND SELLING while many others are wondering whether or not to renew their licenses.
I think I'll go out now and buy a new pair of jeans!
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