I am sorry, but I must move on

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Real Estate Agent with Lucas and Associates

More and more, people are going with an "entry only" brokerage and still trying the for sale by owner route instead of using their friendly, neighborhood, Green Designated REALTOR.  That is fine with me, and I commend them on their choice to do the heavy lifting on their own.  But, there is an issue, and it is not a minor one at all.

I WANT TO SHOW YOUR HOME!  Well, I should shout, "MY BUYERS WANT TO SEE YOUR HOME!"

"No problem.  We are agent friendly here.  We will pay 3% to you.  We are flexible as to when you can show it, too," you will gladly reply.  I know.  I love you for that.  This is ideal.

EXCEPT,

The only way that I can contact you is by the phone number in the MLS listing or on the sign.  So, I call.  I leave a message.  I am sure to include my phone number no less than four times (call it silly overkill if you must).  And I wait.  I set up other appointments.  We go on.  But, I leave a glimmer of hope for your house.  Sometimes, you call back that day and we can make it.  Sometimes, you call back and we work it out.  Sometimes, however, my client has decided to go another route.  Sorry, you have missed your chance.

 

Yes, you can save money using the do-it yourself meathod and the minimal services broker, but how much money do you save on an offer that you did not even get to see?  The house down the street listed with a full-time agent with a major company has it set up where an agent can get an appointment anytime and show it when needed.  There are no missed calls, no delays in showings because you cannot be there at that time.

I am an optomist.  You have to be one in this industry.  I will keep calling you to show your home when I get a chance.  Just know that by not calling me back and being ready to go, you might miss your best chance to sell your home.

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Rainer
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Rhonda Eckard
Realty Executives - Hickory, NC

 I feel your pain Ralph. I'm a Realtor in Hickory NC and I run into the same stuff. What I find the most frustrating though, is the attitudes of FSBO owners. They seem to feel like we are the enemey and that couldn't be further from the truth. Whenever possible I try to form a relationship with these folks just to prove that Realtors aren't the bad guys.

Oct 13, 2010 04:52 AM #1
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Trish Sarfert
Gulf Coast Home Experts - Pensacola, FL
Serving military & civilian relocations!

They have their reasons- I'm sure some will eventually rethink and list with an agent, but there will always be those who either want to do it themselves because of prior experience, or who think they can do it and will be calling an experienced agent sometime down the road.

Oct 13, 2010 04:58 AM #2
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Ralph Harbison
Lucas and Associates - Birmingham, AL

Thanks for the replies.

 

Rhonda, not to put out the dirty laundry, but at times, we can be the enemy.  Isn't it strange that an industry with a Code of Ethics, license laws, and oversight still ranks among politicians and all in level of public trust?  Those of us like those on Active Rain have a lot of work to clear the name of our industry, and we can do it.

 

Trish, you are right.

 

I do think that we owe it to them to point out this little, often overlooked problem with the minimal service brokerage.

Oct 13, 2010 05:08 AM #3
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Marked for clean up.

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