How To Scare A Racist Seller Straight.. . . Otherwise Known As: Why Phly Would Make A Bad Realtor!

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Victor WardAlan May, you are my new muse! ;)

Alan posted a very, very good blog post, A Tale Of Two. If you have not read it yet, you really should. But what got my creative juices flowing was the "How would I handle this?" part of the blog.

Racism is right at the top of my pet peeves list. To be blunt: It's a stupid, antiquated attitude that should have been completely stamped out eons ago. Personally, I don't care if someone is neon pink with purple spots; their skin color and racial heritage do not make a difference to me. . . . it's their actions and who they are as a person that matter.

The fun thing about Alan's post is that I actually do know how I would deal with it . . . . And it's the main reason that I would make a terrible Realtor!

 

My response to the racist attitude of the seller would be something like this:

 

*jumping out of her chair, Phly runs over and claps a hand over the clients mouth and furtively looks at the ceiling*

 

Phly: "SHHHHH! Are you crazy? Do you want me to get my license pulled? You can't say things like that! They will hear you!"

Seller: "What?"

Phly: "The government! Have you not heard of the new Inter-racial Diligence Information Observation Technology? Idiot!

Seller: "What did you just call me?"

Phly: "No! The Inter-racial Diligence Information Observation Technology or Idiot for short. It totally makes it illegal to even think about asking about the race of a buyer. I could get my license pulled for even talking about something like that!

 

*Phly pulls the seller out of their chair and drags them towards the door*

 

Phly: "Look, I'd like to help you. . really I would! But I also really want to keep selling houses if you know what I mean!"

Seller: "So you mean. . ?"

Phly: "Yep! They are listening in right now! So, since I've hit my one per day Idiot limit, we will have to talk about this another time."

 

*Phly shoves the seller out the door, quickly closes and then locks it. She mouths through the glass at the seller, "Idiots are everywhere!"*

 

I think everyone will agree with me that it would be best if I stick to blogging, and leave the Real Estate Market to the more tactful members of the human race. But, MAN! . . . . . What I would not give for five minutes with a hidden camera and then an upload date with You Tube after that experience! ;)

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Rainmaker
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Carla Harbert
www.LorainCountyHomeSales.com - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Your humor in this post gave me my laugh for the day, although racism is no laughing matter. Great info to share -

Aug 18, 2010 06:22 PM #2
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Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

That's great - too sad that you even had to write it.  I'd simply say, if you've got the money, go for it.  It's all green.

Aug 18, 2010 06:25 PM #3
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Nick T Pappas
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Phly, I enjoyed what you can do with a little inspiration from Alan May, frankly I'd like to hear more!

Aug 18, 2010 06:33 PM #4
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Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Karen - LOL! and Thanks! I was thinking about doing a "Realtor Phly" series. It would basically be about things you would love to do as a Realtor, but really can't ethically get away with. I'm currently finishing up another video project, then I'll be able to get to work on it. ;)

Aug 18, 2010 06:58 PM #5
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Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Carla - Thanks! ;) It really makes me so upset when people have attitudes like that. I'm amazed and horrified when I hear or see someone make a racist comment, it's just such a completely ugly thing to do. It makes me sad to know that my little girl is growing up in a world where attitudes like that still exist.

Aug 18, 2010 07:02 PM #6
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Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Juli- That's great way of responding to a bad situation. It's really hard for the Realtor when the seller makes a big deal out of race or religion.

Aug 18, 2010 07:05 PM #7
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Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Nick - Thank you! Alan May is the man! ;) He's amazing at creating blog posts that make you laugh and make you think at the same time. I tend to put a more theatrical/dramatic bent on everything I write, it's just how my personality works! ;)

Aug 18, 2010 07:08 PM #8
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Phyl, Starting off the morning with a good laugh!  Danke!

Aug 18, 2010 11:11 PM #9
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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... and I think this is a great demonstration as to why you'd make a GREAT Realtor!  (feel free to throw a link into your comment on my post... I don't ordinarilly like "outgoing links" from my post... but in this case, it's worth an exception)... but don't let any [insert racial slur here] read it, okay... ?

Aug 19, 2010 02:02 AM #10
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Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Bill - Willkommen! (I love babelfish!)*grin* It's a little like Miss Bad Manners, that's why it's good! ;)

Aug 19, 2010 05:01 AM #11
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Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Alan - LOL! And thanks! ;) I tend to get on my soap-box pretty fast about some things, and racism is one of them! Recently I had to explain what racial slurs were to my daughter. I found out that some little boy at the pool had gotten mad at her and called her a whole slew of nasty names. The only thing I could do was tell her that we don't EVER use those words because it is really mean and makes people very sad. . . . . She then informed me that we needed to go back to the pool so I could spank the little boy's bum for calling her mean names, and because he might do it to someone else too, and she did not want anyone else to be sad. ;)

Aug 19, 2010 05:31 AM #12
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Phly, I think Miss Bad Manners and Realtor Phly may share a common bloodline, but you are your OWN original!

Aug 19, 2010 06:28 AM #13
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Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
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 ROTFL

Thx for the afternoon laugh, I needed that today. 

Aug 19, 2010 11:15 AM #14
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Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Bill - Lol! Thanks! ;)

Aug 20, 2010 05:53 AM #15
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Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Donne - Glad that I could make your day a bit brighter. ;)

Aug 20, 2010 05:55 AM #16
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Coral Gundlach
Compass - Arlington, VA
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Fantastic, I actually think it's an excellent Realtor response!   Hope this gets featured.

Aug 21, 2010 11:29 AM #17
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Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Coral - Thank you! ;) It was fun to write, and I'm glad it made you smile! ;)

Aug 21, 2010 04:53 PM #18
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Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Phly: You might want to get a license, at least you tell it as it is!

Ty

Aug 21, 2010 11:59 PM #19
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Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Ty - I actually had a license. Weird I know! ;) What I thought was a golden opportunity turned out to be a VERY complicated mess, one that would require you to endure years of therapy to get over the explanation, so I'll just leave it at that. . . . So after a long period of nothing going right, I decided that blogging and social media was the market for me, especially since I can tell it like it is and not have to worry about clients getting mad! ;)

Aug 23, 2010 08:51 AM #20
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Phly, at least you know your mind and speak it.  There are too many people in the world that won't take a stand.  Thanks for voicing it here and with a little humor, tongue in cheek.

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