I have recently become very frustrated with the general public's seeming lack of courtesy toward Realtors in general. From the sellers who have spent the listing agents time and money and arbitrarily decide to wait until next year to sell versus lowering the price $5-10,000, to the buyers who contact you, ask for hours of search time and results, then hours of showings and are unwilling to sign a buyer rep agreement and/or simply disappear not returning calls or emails.
My time is valuable and should be treated thus. At the minimum I deserve an email letting me know what is going on. If there is a problem, you don't like the way I work, what I send you, I smell bad..have the courtesy to tell me something instead of leaving it open ended. I do not expect to mesh with every person I meet, my feelings are not hurt by that. I am however, extremely irritated by being used and then discarded with no explanation(especially if I have already invested my time and money into you).
What would it cost a buyer to hire a tour guide, or a Taxi, or a professional advisor? I have done all of those things and more. A simple phone call or email saying "hey, I have decided to go with agent XYZ" or "I have decided not to purchase now" but something. It is really a pet peeve of mine that the public in general seems to have the erroneous idea that my job is easy and my time free.This is my lively hood, my job, how I feed my family.
I am not independently wealthy and doing this to keep from becoming bored, I am supporting a household. I may spend hours on searches, looking at each property, before even meeting to show one, then of course there is the issue of gas being $3.50 a gallon and the time taken from my job, other clients or family.
What price would a buyer/seller put on their own time? Why is mine worth less? Why do people think that they could do my job better than me with no training?
This frustrates the heck out of me!
What say you?