IN MY HUMBLE OPINION...Things I Have Needed To Say For SO Long!!

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IN MY HUMBLE OPINION...Things I Have Needed To Say For SO Long!!

  • No one has a corner on "Best Agent"--Therefore I can call myself the "Best, most infomed agent in the Hamptons"; I will also, however, make sure I do the best that I can and be better informed than the next guy/gal. (And I refuse to pay anyone to say I am a top agent!)
  • All those agents who pay money just to get top billing on a national site are a bunch of cheaters--and they probably have ALWAYS been a cheat! They are all lying!! (Or rather Zillow is lying for them for big $$!)
  • If you put the time in, you will get the money out--go to the office every day and spend at least an hour or more...Every Day!!
  • Be nice to ALL clients and customers; even when it is a stressful time and one of them has called you names and demanded more of you than you can possibly give and survive! (You can always ignore their calls later, after you sold their house!)
  • Suck it up! No one said real estate would be easy; or profitable for that matter. Just be thankful for every dollar you make no matter how small or insignificant. IT ALL ADDS UP!
  • I think information for the public from your mouth and your written word is the most valuable thing you can give anyone.
  • Being "hands on" is crucial in this environment now; I have changed my by-line from "Finding Your Place In The Sun...", to: "Maximum Human contact and interaction"--(Thanks to Bob Stewart for that one)Why? Because NO ONE OFFERS THAT ANYMORE!! It's a VOID in the market place!
  • You know that agent with all those big listings??? You know the one--he/she is the one who never answers their own phone--never gets back to you in a timely manner and rarely has the time to show you their precious listings!! Those are the agents who are getting killed right now!! They must advertise; they need to show in order to sell; they are NOT going to make it during a time of extended downturn!...but they have tons of listings!!

These are things that I have needed to say for so long! Do with it as you may--even add a thing or two! 

I LOVE REAL ESTATE!!!

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Rainmaker
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Yes, I know agents who don't return phone calls, are too "busy" to talk to clients, and who pay the ZTRs. Fortunately, for the most part the agents I work with are accommodating, ethical, and fair. But the public recognizes when someone does not play by the rules, and it hurts us all.

Jul 16, 2018 06:42 PM #51
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

when I see what some do I know why we get a bad reputation.  

Jul 16, 2018 06:57 PM #52
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Hi Pat: Unfortunately for us here in the Hamptons, it's the top tier agents who do this--they are the ones who get the attention from the corporate structure as well and so it is a huge impact when they do not allow houses to be shown. I find that our competiton is much worse than DE but it is still a problem through-out the community with the listing agents who handle the most properties.

Jul 16, 2018 07:04 PM #53
Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Hi Tammy: I know what you  mean!!The worst thing is that here these agents are usually the "favored" ones and have gotten away with it for years--One competitors top agent here only sells her own listings! How is that for crafting a shifty business?? BTW, Her listings are never available to be shown!!...and she gets away with it--she is also known for taking listings away from other agents without so much as a "sorry"!

Jul 16, 2018 07:08 PM #54
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

heart driven post...whats not to like? Furthermore it speaks well of the author

Jul 16, 2018 07:40 PM #55
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Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
Owner,Broker

Great points.  Another one that gets me is when a broker takes credit for all their agents sales on websites like Zillow.  They don't take many personal listings but claim fame for 200 sales a year as the broker to drive leads to their company farm them out for a fee.

We have a company here that pays Barbara Corcorran to do TV spots claiming they do 35 x the average agent.  But in reality, they have a team so it is really like an office not a single agent.  

Last time I checked, McDonalds has sold billions of burgers, but they are my go to place for a great meal.  

Jul 16, 2018 08:15 PM #56
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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And I'm glad you said all this, Paula. Sadly there is still alot of shady goings on out there, and agents get away with it. But the good ones continue to do good things and have the respect of their colleagues!!

Jeff

Jul 16, 2018 08:29 PM #57
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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

You know that agent with all those big listings???  Hmm, I actually have a lot of respect for some of those professional, hard-working, smart agents. I like to think I am in the arena, but you have to learn to dance. It takes time and money to sell these demanding properties.  It takes good quality marketing material and be consistent with your farm and web presence. I like fishing in the big pond, but respect the market that pays my bills.

Jul 16, 2018 10:32 PM #58
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Hi Richie: You are such a good person! I have always noticed that and this comment is more evidence of that! Thank you!!

Jul 17, 2018 05:55 AM #59
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Hi Jim: You are making a very good point with that one! Just more of the same deception that has given us such a bad reputation--agents who manipulate their figures are no better than a comapny who cooks the books! The problem with an agent doing it is that they are dealing directly (or say they are) with buyers and sellers and that is where the deception becomes a big problem. I have a relative who has an agent that she hired and NOTHING that she promised she would do for my relative has been done--and the house sits, unsold!! The rampant deception harms the public in a very direct way and that to me is the lowest form of deception!!

Jul 17, 2018 06:02 AM #60
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Jeff: And I am so glad you said all that in your comment! I have a lot of respect for agents in general--there is a handful who are doing the damage by misrepresenting themselves--those are the ones I speak of here. There are so many GOOD agents that I hope those numbers work in our favor! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment...

Jul 17, 2018 06:07 AM #61
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Maximum human contact - how refreshing!

Jul 17, 2018 06:13 AM #62
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Hi Steven: And so do I! Most agents are those hardworking agents who are respected by the public and their fellow professionals. I am speaking of "that" agent who is notorious within a company, a community who does the damage to the rest of us! I also see that you are one of those hardworking agents who make the difference for all of us; collectively we can make a difference if we just remain straight-shooting in all of our business dealings---No one ever gets ahead by just saying they are a top producer! They need to perform and they can only perform by treating each and every person whom they deal with in a respectful manner--lying to get that buyer or seller to call you is NOT what I call an honorable tactic nor does it generate more business! It does the opposite! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment...

Jul 17, 2018 06:16 AM #63
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Hi Wayne and Jean Marie: Glad you like it---I can't take credit for it but I took a webinar that was so informative that it made me re-think the entire process of the way I promote myself. I do have a client who is very aware of the state of real estate--she has seen the back stabbing and dealt with it herself. She told me the other day to start using "Trust" in my by-line. 
She feels that as a trusted agent I need to get the word out! Isn't that a wonderful thing to hear from your client?  I hear lots of things like that--it is humbling to me when I hear it....

Jul 17, 2018 06:30 AM #64
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Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

OMG! Nodding my head on most of those. Isn't it amazing that it is like a template in every real estate market? You've hit the nail on the head!

Jul 17, 2018 11:00 AM #65
Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Hi Anne: You are so right---we are all experiencing the phenomenon of de-personalization within the workplace. Taking a ton of  listings just to try to show that you are a successful agent turns the public off--they don't want to be one of a thousand. And then there are those who hire assistants to try to distance themselves even further from the source of their income. And I can't help but remind everyone reading this that, were it not for the overwhelming need for technogeeks to get a bigger peice of the realestate pie than anyone else in history, we would all still be doing our best to sell real estate and buyers would know just where they need to go to buy a house--right now it's all turned upside down and sideways!! No one knows really who is running the show; many don't know where to turn and I mean among both agents and the buying/selling public!

Jul 17, 2018 11:18 AM #66
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I agree with many of your points, especially the one about the agents who spend so much time advertising themselves but rarely are they conscientious, professional and detail oriented!

Jul 22, 2018 03:37 PM #68
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Hi Mary: Thanks for commenting here--As you can see there are more than a few things that I needed to get off my chest--that is just one of them! Those agents are all over the internet and they should be embarrassed at the over the top self promotion but I understand they are not--Can't wait for the market to slow down. They won't have clue what to do to keep the money coming in!

Jul 22, 2018 07:28 PM #69
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I so appreciate your comments.  It's frustrating to see people pay for top biling.  

Jul 24, 2018 09:08 PM #70
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Hi Jan: Yes it is, especially if they are newer or inexperienced agents---we all get the bad reputation if they are unable to handle the buyers and sellers knowledgeably....Thanks for reading and commenting!

Jul 25, 2018 11:26 AM #71
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