I just dropped a client because they preferred to listen to their son rather than me. The son is not a Realtor and has never practiced Real Estate. Nontheless, he is a Real Estate expert and at almost every turn rainman had suggestions counter to mine.
We almost had the property sold 3 times and each time the client would move the target, at rainman's suggestion, and the buyer would walk. Once I realized I would always be shooting at a moving target I decided to go for it anyway. Big mistake. I could have used my time more effectively recruiting buyers and promoting my other listings.
In my listing presentation I tell homeowners that I will only list homes where the sellers are motivated and have realistic expectations. Once I say that, the homeowners usually want to make sure they qualify so I won't reject them. If I'd stayed true to that on this last fiasco I would have done myself a great service.