NO, You Can't Pay Me! YES, I Will Help You Sell Your House!

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"Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do."


In the last few weeks, I have had 2 friends ask if they can pay me to help them sell their home.  I told them YES, I will help them but NO, they can't pay me. 

Let me explain: 
First, I am no longer a licensed agent so I can't accept compensation. 

Secondly, I can help them by referring them to an experienced and knowledgeable licensed agent.

It would be a disservice to them to do any more than refer them to a competent agent.  I explain that I no longer have access to the necessary resources, channels and connections to properly market their home for the highest possible return on their investment. And, I am not current on the legalities of real estate documents and procedures.  Further, I explain that the market expertise and layer of protection an experienced licensed agent offers between a seller and the buyer is invaluable. 

I am knowledgeable in who is competent to handle these very different transactions.  Other than that, all they're going to get from me is moral support.  That way I can sleep at night and we can stay friends.  

When you do the right thing, you are respecting those who need your help. 




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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carol I remember in the hay day of the REO's  & Short Sales the unscrupulous sellers wanted to offer me money when I was doing the BPO's I used to thank them for offering but assured them no need to worry I would get compensated by the bank's representative:)Endre

Apr 27, 2018 06:55 PM #39
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Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

Great post.  Thank you for showing respect to our industry.

Apr 28, 2018 05:27 AM #40
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experience Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Were they asking for your help so they could sell as FSBO?  That was my thought. However you did the right thing!

Apr 28, 2018 06:00 AM #41
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Good for you, Carol. This is the right way to handle inquiries like this.

Jeff

Apr 28, 2018 07:33 AM #42
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Marte Cliff
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Doing the right thing isn't always the easiest or most profitable thing, but it is always... the right thing.

Apr 28, 2018 08:27 PM #43
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I do think you were plenty respectful while yo were also standing your ground the way you did here.

Apr 28, 2018 09:21 PM #44
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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Marte Cliff Doing the right thing feels so much better than taking the easy way out. We can all live a little longer that way, I believe.

Apr 28, 2018 09:22 PM #45
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert ,
And, I need all the beauty sleep I can get.  LOL   Happy Sunday!

Apr 29, 2018 03:12 AM #46
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker ,
My beauty sleep is very important to me!  Happy Sunday!

Apr 29, 2018 03:16 AM #47
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Kathy Streib ,
No, we sure can't be all things to all people. A good referral is the best gift I can give at this point in time. 

Apr 29, 2018 03:19 AM #48
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. ,
Bribery got them nowhere with you, did it?   Happy Sunday. 

Apr 29, 2018 03:22 AM #49
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Good morning Anna Hatridge ,
Respect for my friends and the industry! 

Apr 29, 2018 03:23 AM #50
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR ,
One wanted to do FSBO and save money.  The other just said "We'd rather pay you than someone else." I thought that was very sweet but no deal.   LOL

Apr 29, 2018 03:25 AM #51
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS ,
I've had the opportunity to give several referrals the last year.  It's rewarding to put my friends in good hands since I'm no longer listing or selling.  Happy Sunday!

Apr 29, 2018 03:26 AM #52
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Marte Cliff ,
In these cases, it's easy for me to refer them out.  It's the right thing and the best thing for everyone.   Happy Sunday. 

Apr 29, 2018 03:27 AM #53
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Thank you Laura Cerrano .  I love putting my friends in good hands. 

Apr 29, 2018 03:28 AM #54
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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Way to go, Carol! I have great admiration for the way you conduct yourself and your business by referring clients who want to sell. And the reasons you stated are admirable. 

Apr 30, 2018 07:59 AM #55
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Carol Williams, we need more like you in the world. Doing the right thing! 

Apr 30, 2018 02:17 PM #56
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great post Carol.  You are a valued commodity in your 'hood!  And I'm sure there are those that would love to hire you :)

May 02, 2018 11:22 PM #57
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Carol,

With your experience, you can probably quickly think of the right person to help anyone, who comes to you. You can still be an ear, if they did not understand something & need a second opinion, which would probably be appreciated by the agent receiving the referral.

Aug 17, 2018 09:18 PM #58
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