Stimulated by Ginny Gorman's thought-provoking post...
True Story, sanitized as much as possible, to protect the innocent. And the guilty. And ME.
Office Colleague stops by to chat. Colleague is working a deal with Agent in another firm whom we both know .
Colleague is just back from dropping off the offer on one of Agent's listings. Agent is not in. Colleague drops offer with one of the management team, Broker.
"Hi, Colleague! What do you have?" says Broker. "How are you doing?" (Colleague, Agent, and Broker all used to work together.)
"Hi, Broker! I have an offer for Agent, who is not here." replies Colleague.
"Eeewwww... Can you even believe Agent even writes any business the way Agent conducts Agentself?" snarks Broker. Colleague picks jaw off floor, gets an initial, and extricates self from snakepit.
Collleague finishes story, and I have this sudden urge to go home and take a shower. Agent is imperfect, as all of us are. But.... Sheesh.
Me: "Gee, Colleague, if I was a broker and could make a crack like that to anyone, I think the thing to do would be to call Agent in and dismiss Agent, if Agent is that much of an embarrassment to the firm."
Seems more honest. to me, more in touch with REALTOR® Code of Ethics, than gossiping about a co-worker to anyone, including folks affiliated with another firm.
But, as Ginny said in her good post, Agent is a "money source."
What fun we can have in real estate, when we can avoid snakepits. But sometimes our valued clients are paying us to wade through snakepits and bring them out unscathed.