I Have Your Back But Do You Have Mine? Just Asking!!

Managing Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Executive Realty 104763

How far would go to help another agent?  If one of your competitors was about to fall, and you had the ability to stop that fall, would you?  If that fall was not in any way affecting your income in this particular situation, would you stop that fall from happening? 


It's tough out there for all of us.  When we see a fellow agent totally oblivious to the fact that he/she will be going "head first" into a pool with no water, do you alert that person?  Do you get involved in someone else's business? 


We're in a survival business.  How much responsibility should one agent assume for another?  One good turn deserves another, but maybe that would never happen!!  Never perform a “good deed” with the thought that the other agent will act in kind!


The answer to all of the scenarios would depend on how secure you are with yourself and your business.  What say you???  Looking forward to your honest answers!!!!





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Barbara Todaro, sales manager of RE/MAX Executive Realty 

Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

308 W. Central St...suite E

Franklin, MA 02038


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Gabe Sanders exactly.... anyone who receives help should be very appreciative...

Jeff Dowler, CRS and that help is not only in business.... it's always great when someone helps on this platform....

Jul 08, 2018 11:48 AM #56
Raymond Denton
Academy Mortgage Corporation - Irvine, CA
Simple Man

I help everyone I can, and my Peers know it.  Seems most Agents are okay with the "sales" side of our business, but not so good with the "marketing" side.  Online marketing is what I do best, so I show them how to copy what I've done.  However, most don't ... and I wonder why?  I've given them the recipe - why don't they use it?

Jul 08, 2018 11:50 AM #57
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

the same reason only a very small percentage of new members will write a blog post....it's a lot of work!!!!!!!!!!! Raymond Denton 

Jul 08, 2018 11:52 AM #58
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Such a thought full question with many answers. I try to look at everything with rose colored glasses. I tend to treat others like they treat me. many times a week i have the big company folk making my job harder. So when i see something, i do think would they help me? If life or limb is in safety, without a doubt i would speak up. But i see many listing agents in failure with over priced homes, 1 picture in mls, they dont call me back when i have a buyer for their homes... and they wonder why their homes are not selling. Such an easy answer but my second thought is always... would they listen to my advice if i did give it to them no matter how minor or Major? The good thing is i have many mor ebuyer agents i work hand and hand in showing and selling my listings. Without a doubt i know i would help them as they would certainly help me

Jul 08, 2018 03:46 PM #59
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Hi Barbara, thanks for taking time to write this post.  I've always believe you pay it forward. If you go the extra mile to help others you will be rewarded at some point.  It may not be today or tomorrow, however if you are consistent others will reciprocate.  Have a great evening!

Jul 08, 2018 03:49 PM #60
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I have reached out to other agents to share that something they were doing needed adjustment - It looked as though they hadn't received needed training, and found out I was right; they hadn't. People don't know what they don't know!

Jul 09, 2018 03:08 AM #61
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

So often the perception of our professions (agent and Lender) is not a strong positive one, Barbara Todaro .. and that hurts us all.  When a transaction is a struggle for clients, they share that.  If I can help another professional I do.  It's the right thing to do for many reasons.  But it's my opinion that it helps lift the public perception of our industry too.  As a whole. we just look more competent and the process of buying and selling a home becomes easier and more enjoyable for our clients too.  I think that's a win-win ...


Jul 09, 2018 11:20 AM #62
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Barbara, How timely. I just saw a listing come on line. I know something about it that is a material fact (not public knowledge) and is a detriment to that property. I know the other agent is oblivious to the facts.  

I am going to simply ask her for a coffee and bring it up over a coffee and scone.  What she does with the information is up to her but I can tell you I would want to know. Possible  litigation after the property sells.  

It simple folks. Competitor or partner... it's the golden rule, period.



Jul 09, 2018 06:28 PM #63
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Congrats on the feature!  Funny coincidence as  a girlfriend is getting back in business and just sealed up a contract.  We've on the phone a few times the last few days to make sure is using current forms, understands the upload process at our company.  Reaching out to others will pay off eventually in one way or another.  

Jul 09, 2018 08:13 PM #64
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Good question. I tried thinking back to when I was an agent and couldn't come up with scenarious when I knew another agent was going to dive into an empty pool. I saw a lot of deliberate wrongdoing... but that's another story.

In my current work I've learned not to give advice unless someone not only asks for it, but pays for it. A tough lesson learned after spending days working out a marketing plan for a friend who said "Thanks. I'll think about it." Of course she did nothing - and was out of business a few months later.


Jul 09, 2018 08:28 PM #65
Robbi Tiller
Success Realty - Hull, GA

I will help them. I always try to help my fellow Realtors in the business. I feel like we work in one big office and will cross paths and possibly do business at some point. Regardless of the fact of how ruthless this business can be, I would still help or speak up.

Jul 09, 2018 09:00 PM #66
Nancy Petitti, Broker Bellator

Beautiful article. I hope all of us would find ourselves helping the other agent. While we may be in different offices,we work together by selling our competitors listings and both working toward a happy closing on both sides. I have been a qualifying broker for over 25 years and have watched many agents come to the rescue of another agent.

Jul 10, 2018 04:25 AM #67
Theresa Akin

We have to be diligent in looking out for each other or it can be costly for all of us in the long run. So many different reasons in our MLS to be hit with a fine simply because of a mispinned map location or photos don't match up to the property. I found a couple mismatched property photos and map pin locations just within the last couple weeks. Those fines add up. I text the agent who had 2 new listings. We are not on the best of terms according to her. Not sure why. Just sent a "courtesy text" to let her know. SEnt another text few months back to notify the listing agent his photos didn't match up to the listing location. Not even in the same zipcode. I knew this because it was a photo of my listing. His listing was 5/3/2 and mine was a 2/1/0.Big difference and his listing photos were very small. You'd need a magnifying glass 20x. Often these are "assistant errors" but still the listing agent needs to verify before submitting to the MLS. One agent asked me who I thought I was the "MLS POLICE"? No reply after that and no change in the system. I let Karma work on that one. One week later same listing, same brokerage listed by broker. Agent license suspended for whatever reason. I'm sure Karma knows! Please let's be kind to one another. It benefits everyone!!

Jul 10, 2018 05:19 AM #68
Terry McCarley
REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

Absolutely!  I try to help anyone if I possibly can - I have regretted it sometimes but I just have a good heart

Jul 10, 2018 05:49 AM #69
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Do unto others..........................................................................................

Jul 10, 2018 11:36 AM #70
Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

Defenitely 97% of my competition I would make an effort to help. But to be honest there's 3% of my competition I would like to see fail. They are bullies, or lack ethics.

Jul 10, 2018 06:51 PM #72
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

If it is in my power to help, I help...no matter who they are.  I don't worry about help in return from them, I know that there are plenty of great agents that care about me that will keep me from doing a header!

Jul 10, 2018 07:10 PM #73
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I'd like to think I'd help another agent out. You know, your question is very similar to a post I wrote yesterday about an Ethics issue. We help agents in our own office all the time and I have my Realtor friends that we cover each other whenever needed. As long as I don't get my own hand slapped, I don't mind helping out in a pinch!

Jul 10, 2018 07:15 PM #74
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

I think that especially in these times, when we are all seeing others not treating people the way we would want them to be treated... we need to buck it up and treat others with kindness.  Warn them, point out what you see. 

I called folks here on AR when I started and asked for feedback.  That is one of the best parts of being part of the community!  Folks are willing to take time to help!

Jul 11, 2018 10:25 AM #75
Rafi Footerman
Mid Jersey Inspections - Edison, NJ
Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More!

I always help when I can.  Besides the fact that we should always do the right thing, it elevates the entire indusrty when everyone acts properly.

Jul 18, 2018 04:35 AM #76
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