I fired my first Buyer Client!

Real Estate Agent with Chapman Hall Realtors

Yippee!  I finally got the guts and I fired a couple I was working with in the purchase of a home.  My only regret is I didn't do it sooner in the process.

Not to rationalize (too much) but my two reasons for not pulling the plug sooner were:

1. They were referred to me by a past client.

2. I'm not that busy so I thought I could use the money.

Well, the light bulb has finally come on and it's nice and bright...it is just not worth my time and effort to work with people when all of the telltale signs are there that they are no good for my business.  They were extremely selfish, demanding, disrespectful of my time and ultimately not truthful.  Not only did I waste valuable time I could have spent working on other business, with my family or playing tennis but...I got a $210 speeding ticket on my way to meet them one day!!!

I'm just so proud of myself for finally putting my family and my business above unmotivated and barely qualified buyers.  Next time, when the writing is on the wall from the beginning, I won't even put them in my car.

Yea me!

Anyone else have an epiphany recently?


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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Lisa:  Good for you!  I had the same type of experience about a year ago.  This guy even talked me in to cutting part of my commission which I typically don't ever do on the buyer's side.  He gave me a sob story and I felt sorry for him.  Supposedly it was going to be a slam dunk.  A slam dunk it was not and he was so demanding.  He even had me out on Mother's Day.  I was so relieved when I finally fired him.  I did learn from the experience and I am very careful before I put someone in my car now.
Jan 31, 2007 10:21 AM #1
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
Over the years, I have learned that it's okay to be more selective. You don't have to work with every client that comes along. I think many times we're just wired to be so accommodating, that we then allow other to take advantage of us. Our time and talents are valuable. We should work with others who understand and appreciate that value.
Jan 31, 2007 10:46 AM #2
Jeff Tomas
Accounting and Tax - Rockford, IL
Having to fire a client is never an easy thing to do. But when the respect for you and what you do for them is gone... then there is no use helping them. I'm sorry it happened to you but it is a fact of life in this business.  Now you can concentrate on the ones that respect you and what you do.
Jan 31, 2007 11:08 AM #3
Ava Anderson
A-Z Atlanta Realty - Snellville, GA
Selling Atlanta from A-Z!
Good for you!  I wish I was brave enough to do that with a client I had about a year ago.  I think I will write my next blog about that.
Feb 03, 2007 07:58 AM #4
Venice Harris
EXP Realty - Conyers, GA
Real Estate Agent - Conyers, GA
Yea Lisa!  I think the light bulb eventually goes off for us all. 
May 27, 2007 12:07 AM #5
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