Maybe I am guilty of watching too many episodes of House Hunters, but I think Realtors should treat all clients with the same amount of respect, regardless of the amount of money they have in their budgets.
I live in the Washington Metropolitan area (DC, Maryland, Virginia) where the rental market is bustling. As a result, I assist many renters. When I decide to work with a client, I do not let the size of the commission check dictate my level of commitment.
I am currently representing a client who was having technical difficulties accessing documents sent by the property manager. After several contacts to the property manager with no response, I called the listing agent for assistance.
Evidently, I contacted the listing agent too many times about this unresolved issue. She told me that she had two closings that day, and she was devoting too much time on a case that was 'only a rental'.
After I hung up the phone, I was disappointed by her tone and the words 'only a rental'. I came to this conclusion. Although the transaction is a rental transaction, the people involved are human beings who depend on Realtors to help them to satisfy a basic need of shelter.
It is my hopes that I never get too big to remember that people should not be categorized by their type of transaction and how much money they spend.
Maybe it's just me.