Concerning Agent Reputations in Providence

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Steele Realty Consultants International B16648

I have always found it amusing that new introductions and "what do you do?"'s in Providence are always met with looks of suspicion no matter what I say. "Attorney," always receives the stereotypical reaction: I am left having to prove that I am not an egotist, swindler, or disparager. I get the worst of it, however, when I tell them that I am a "real estate broker." Respect flies out the window. While I have grown accustomed to this now, such bad reactions to my profession are alarming yet unfortunately justified.

Certain members of the Providence Real Estate scene have, sadly, marred the reputation of the profession as a whole. The purpose of this blog is not to point fingers or make accusations. The point is to urge those in my field to show their clientele and their colleagues the respect and integrity that is deserved. Your clients are embarking on what may be the biggest financial transaction of their lives. Your colleagues are working hard to best represent their interests in those transactions. They all have a right to ethical representation.

I have never been one to embrace regulations and strict enforcements. But an argument for tighter laws in this business can be made. The lawyer side of me is thinking about drafting one.

If you are are a Rhode Island agent and would like to share ideas regarding new policy implementations, please get in touch with Rita at

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Rita Danielle Steele, Esq.

Broker Owner

Geo Properties Incorporated

Comments (5)

Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Rita~  I can just imagine what you are going through being a Attorney as well as a Real Estate Broker!  Yes, we do have a long way ahead of us to dispel the myth that all agents are bad!

Aug 18, 2010 07:37 AM
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

I think this is a nation wide problem. With almost zero entry requirements we "cast a wide net" when it comes to producing real estate agents. Mix this with the fact that real estate procedures vary greatly from market to market and it is little wonder why consumers get upset.

Aug 18, 2010 08:28 AM
Mark Lebkuchner / Home Loan Specialist
Warwick, RI

Hello Rita.  I don't think you're an egotist, swindler, NOR a disparager!   Hardly seems like it's been a year since I met you.....   Hope your summer has been a fun one! 

Aug 21, 2010 01:40 PM

Hi Rita,

I completely see what you say. I work in both MA and RI borders and by the behavior of an agent you can tell they are from RI or MA.

What is the problem with RI agent on returning their calls in a timely manner, I am not saying half an hour as I usually do but at least in 24 hours. To have to call an agent 5, 6 times in a week to try to get an appointment to show a home that they are 'supposedly' interested on selling is just plain ridiculous. But the best part is when you finally reach them, they not just confirm that they got all of your phone messages but your emails and texts however they still don't respond because they don't have an appointment set.

Seriously, am I losing the Verizon connection on my Crystal ball? How hard is to take a minute and cordially send a little message, I think it is just plain rude and unethical.

Another one, not disclosing that an agent have interest on the property being sold. I usually call the agent to let him/her know that I am faxing an offer and have run into situations that even before faxing they want to know numbers and contingencies which is fine but upon listenning the number they tell me right there not to warte my time because seller will not accept the offer -  (I had one situation that the offer was just $5k below asking price). Why is this agent saying that the seller will not even consider the offer unless she/he is the seller and we are not aware?

I could go on with a list of big and small issues but those are the two that really annoying.


Mar 09, 2011 01:02 AM
Thomas Sweeney
Tom Sweeney Real Estate, Owner/Broker, Bossier City, LA - Bossier City, LA

Rita, all it takes is one bad apple to ruin the whole barrel. I was born and raised in Providence!

Apr 01, 2011 07:39 PM