All Real Estate Agents Are Terrible!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Missy Caulk TEAM

This was an interesting post to read today as last night a Ann Arbor buyer contacted me. He is a friend of my son's and although we are Facebook friends I have not seen in awhile. 

He was buying a FSBO home and wanted to know "how he could get out of the contract". 

I told him to send it to me and let me look at it. 

Turns out it was a crappy PA probably drawn up by the FSBO. I reviewed it, and he was still in the 10 Day Notice of Objection Period due to inspection issues. 

I won't bore you with all the details, but I doubt he will now IF he ever did think ALL Real Estate Agents are terrible. 


Original content by Liz and Bill Spear SAL.2002007747

You won't find many agents with hornsAll Real Estate Agents Are Terrible!

Some years back while attending a RE/MAX convention one of the speakers relayed the results of a public opinion poll.   The essence of that poll?  Something we've heard repeated many, many times:  the public didn't think highly of our profession.  HOWEVER, that same poll identified the public thought VERY highly of their own real estate agent!!

That diversion in opinion was really interesting to me, but it makes sense.

As a whole, how does our profession get portrayed?  To read the bulk of mainstream media articles, it's not pretty.  Do you see articles like:

  • "How My Agent Saved Me $20,000"? 
  • "How My Agent Saved Me From Buying A Money Pit"?
  • "My Agent Drove 10 Miles Through A Blizzard To Make Sure I Didn't Lose My Dream Home!!!"?
  • "My Agent Took The Stress Out Of Selling My Home!"?

No, the more likely article follows the concept of "if it bleeds, it leads" philosophy:

  • 13 Dirty Secrets Your Agent Won't Tell You
  • Real Estate Agent Arrested for Stealing From Clients
  • Agents Using Seller's Home As Love Nest
  • Yada, yada, yada

Those articles reinforce a less than stellar reputation and tell the public to be wary, to fear real estate agents.  Just like with any large cross section of society, there will be a few bad apples in our profession.  But far and away the vast majority of real estate agents aren't the agents portrayed by the media.

We're out there working hard for our clients.  Doing things behind the scenes, investing money back into our business, sacrificing to make sure our clients are well taken care of.  We know happy, satisfied clients are the best path to long term success in this business.  It's why when everything is said and done, we have the raving fans that can comfortably say: MY REAL ESTATE AGENT IS GREAT! 

That conversion from skeptic at first contact to raving fan, that's the challenge for every real estate agent. 

How do you as an agent win over wary callers?

Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Comments (8)

Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Missy, thanks for sharing the reblog. Many think this is a real easy business just show some houses. They don't take a the legal and people issues we deal with. Hopefully that young buyer realize your an asset. 

Mar 17, 2015 12:32 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Missy, Nice job on saving that buyer from himself!  And thanks for the reblog!

Mar 17, 2015 01:11 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Hi Missy! Yes indeed you proved a great point. Not all real estate agents are crappy. You saved him for sure. 

Mar 17, 2015 02:05 AM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

Yes there are bad agents out there but there are many great agents like you Missy that go out of their way to help clients.

Mar 18, 2015 12:23 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

People think terrible things about us until we get them out of a jam.

May 03, 2015 02:00 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

What a great reblog! Thanks for sharing it. It is so true. I personally very annoyed by words like all, everyone, noone, everything, nothing~ so childish.

Jun 09, 2015 04:36 PM
Francis Kang
Piiper Digital Solutions - Edmonton, AB

Great article. I love how the way you write this. It’s super informative and very knowledgeable. Thank you! 

Mar 06, 2023 05:10 PM