All of a sudden I've realized that I've been in real estate for a good while and I don't actually remember being a really green agent for very long. I'm sure I made mistakes and was awkward for a while with searching, qualifying, etc but I really hope I was never rude to another agent!
Brand new agent called me the other day to tell me that her "client" had driven by two of my real estate signs and was interested in seeing the listings. Great, I thought. "How can I help you?", I asked. She replied she hadn't been able to figure out which listings they were. All her client could tell her was roughly where they were. That's fine...turns out I have two listings of sizeable vacant land in that area. I was driving during this conversation and said just search the MLS by agent and look at my listings. She said she didn't know how to do that. Hmmm.
I explained over the phone how to do the search and what the sellers' names were. Later that evening I get another call and she still couldn't figure out the search. She'd been searching under the agent field for the sellers' names. Doesn't work that way. I asked if she'd been in her office and couldn't her BIC help her? She told me she'd gone to her BIC but that was a waste of time. (Nice comment about someone who'd given her a place to hang her shiny new license). I asked if she'd been able to attend a new agent orientation yet and she told me she'd been meaning to. Okay.
I tried again to help her figure out how to do the search and explained she had mistaken seller names for agent names. She asked if I couldn't just email her the listings and I said that of course I could but it would be a little while before I could stop what I was doing to do that. Her response? "This is fruitless". Oh man. She missed Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" big time. I'm pretty sure the person wanting to see the properties weren't "clients", probably "prospects".
Hopefully the training she needs will materialize soon. This is exactly why most MLS groups offer orientation and why BICs absolutely should have supervision over Provisional Brokers. This new agent is still not ready to be good for the public and could possibly put herself in danger by not vetting the people she'll be going out to vacant land with.
What does "fruitless" mean anyway? Is she saying I am without fruit?