Being Called a Salesperson Isn't Like Being Cussed At!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

I just hate it when people say "...but I'm NOT a salesperson!!!!!".  People say that and then they make The Face,  the same facial expression people get right after a Great Dane fills the room with dog-made methane.  These people act as if they are smelling Eau de Dog-poo. 

When people try and distance themselves from "selling", we have to think about what is it that they are really saying.  Are they talking about the ethical problem of getting someone to "buy" something they don't want?   The suggestion that I am going to somehow hypnotize a buyer and without their knowledge or participation SELL them a house they don't want...well...I wish someone would tell me where that bit of Cultural Folklore began.

It says on my state license that I am a Sales Person.  That is what it says on the license.  So, I am a Sales Person, as is every other non-broker licensed real estate professional in this great state.

The very best sales people don't "sell" anything.  They solve problems for their customer/client/buyer.  They identify a need and they fill it.  They are helpers. 

I like to think that is what I do.  I help people find one of the three basic needs in life. I do shelter.  Someone else has to take care of food and clothing!

Can anyone explain the "...but I am NOT a Salesperson" thing to me?

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Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

I dont really like being called a sales person but I dont get a offend. I think your right some do, and in we really are sales persons.

May 22, 2011 02:22 AM #1
Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

I remember how excited I was to be a real estate professional and how fast my heart dropped when I found out public opinion of a salesperson. I am still proud to be a Realtor and will change opinion whenever I can.

May 22, 2011 02:25 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Judith, you crack me up. The old saying...."call me anthing you like, but don't forget to call me for dinner." People always come back to others who help, no matter what they are called.

May 22, 2011 02:26 AM #3
David Jirasek
Jirasek Realty - Temple, TX

I agree with Sheila. It doesn't matter if your a salesperson or broker. What is important is an agents commitment to honest ethics, education and professionalism in prompt, reliable and accurate information.

May 22, 2011 02:48 AM #4
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Great post!   I can't remember what class i took that started off by reminding us that we were all sales people and that if we couldnt' get over that....then get out!  LOL   I have always been in Sales ....mostly retail ....prior to Real Estate so I have never had the heart burn about being a sales person that many have!   LOL

May 22, 2011 02:48 AM #5
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