A few months back I wrote a post warning sellers that they should be careful not to shoot themselves in the foot online. Well, equally important is that those of us in the industry watch our step online as well. After all, our reputation is pretty important when it comes to our clients, potential clients, and counterparts.
We live in a time where there are seemingly endless platforms for agents and other members of the industry to spread their word and garner the attention it brings. But remember, attention can be a good or a bad thing. Especially if you conduct yourself in a less than professional manner while online.
I have seen more than one agent argue with both other agents as well as members of the general public for what seems to be no reason at all. Maybe they were having a bad day. Maybe they really were that passionate about agent remarks on the MLS. Maybe their a jackass that just likes to argue because they have nothing better to do. Who knows?
But one thing that I can promise you is that while you may feel safe and secure in your living room raining down negative comments and insults on every other person that crosses your path on Facebook, your behavior does not go unnoticed. So is it worth the penitential business you could lose by turning off potential Clients?
What about that other agent that you feel the need to call a moron because of they're political views? Or that conversation you inserted yourself into just to take the other side and play Devil's Advocate? Do you ever wonder what will happen when this agent sees your name on the listing? Will it get "lost in the shuffle" and never make it to their client? What happens when your buyer finds their listing on Zilllow and suddenly you have to negotiate with an agent you insulted? None of this is out of the realm of possibility if you are in the same market yo know.
So do yourself a favor when you're online, take a deep breath and decide whether it's really worth posting or not.