When Should an Agent Offer Constructive Criticism to Another?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

constructive criticismI love to give my clients help when staging a home and getting it ready for the market. That's one of the things I do really well. I can envision how a home should look and what will give it its greatest appeal. Not every home needs to be staged, and if it doesn't, I tell them that, too. I find myself to be brutally honest because, as I believe Mark Twain said, then you don't have to remember what you said. Plus, it makes me feel good about myself to be honest. I could not imagine being any other way. There's a freedom that comes with honesty.

And then there's constructive criticism, which is a whole 'nother animal. Completely unrelated to honesty. In fact, I sometimes wonder if the person providing the constructive criticism that I overhear (not that it's directed at me) is getting some kind of kick out of it. Read more in my personal blog today about Constructive Criticism and Sacramento Real Estate.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Constructive criticism should just be framed Elizabeth before the words come out, like I am saying this to help out, so people don't think you are attacking them. They can still think you are attacking them (like for saying put that beloved purple couch in the garage) but you just have to frame it from your years of best practices experience. They can take it or leave it, but constructive criticism for any of us is usually quite helpful. OK I will wear dress shoes out next time not these sneakers with my suit and tie LOL.

Mar 30, 2013 03:34 AM #1
Linda Blumenthal
Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087 - Westhampton Beach, NY
NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR

Hi Elizabeth.  It all comes down to how you say, what you want to say.  The words you choose, the tone you use, how you structure the conversation, your relationship, melding compliments with criticisms in the same conversation, your motivation for the discussion, can make all of the difference in how you are perceived.

Mar 30, 2013 04:44 AM #2
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hey Gary: On this, we disagree.

Hi Linda: My point is it doesn't matter how you say it, there is no such thing as constructive criticism. It's a misnomer; an oxymoron. Like giant shrimp.

Mar 30, 2013 05:21 AM #3
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I like your take on constructive criticism.  Unsolicited cirticism or advice is rarely taken well.  Staying away from giving it is the best idea.

Mar 30, 2013 07:24 AM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Unless it is going to keep me out of trouble I don't take criticism well.  I don't criticize you it would not be prudent for one to do that to me.  If I ask for your opinion that's one thing but to offer it to me without asking is just asking for me to explode. 

Mar 30, 2013 07:49 PM #5
David Grbich
Realty One Group - www.FindCARealEstate.com - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Hi Elizabeth - constructive criticism is a tough one with another "professional" who you may not know and who you may want to a deal with. I was just in a transaction with another agent who was handwriting some forms - I nicely suggested he use the free Winforms that are part of his CAR membership and that I would help him get started. With that said, rarely would I offer this type of feedback to other agents. Regards Dave

Mar 31, 2013 02:09 AM #6
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