Why Do Consumers Still Love to Hate Real Estate Agents?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executives VA0225060364, MD638478
Someone criticized me today for complaining that my real estate business has taken a hit since the coronavirus has started to spread. Many people are out of work like me right now, including most of my musician friends. But somehow, because people are dying, I'm not allowed to worry about money. Why? Because I'm in real estate?
It just goes to show you the negative perceptions some people have about this business. I am a sole proprietor. I have no team. I took an 18-month leave of absence to attend school full time and I returned to the business a few months ago. I was just getting restarted.
Google what the average real estate agent makes and then maybe you'll understand. Even if I was a top-selling agent, it doesn't mean I wouldn't be worried about my livelihood. What gives someone the right to judge what another person does for a living? Especially when it's based on some arbitrary criteria that they know nothing about.
People love to vilify this business. They love to have someone to hate. Is it because they hate success? I'm not denying that there are agents in this business who have earned their bad reputations. There are agents who have no interest in maintaining a relationship with their clients, and in some cases, that is the expectation of the client. And in some cases, the client rebuffs their agent's attempt at further contact.
In almost 20 years of being in this business, I work hard to change those perceptions. I genuinely care about every single person/family that I have assisted in purchasing or selling their home. It's how I'm wired. I don't know how to do business any other way.
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Cathy Valdiviez Baumbusch, REALTOR. Licensed in VA, MD, and DC. 

Red Dress Realty at RE/MAX Executives

DIRECT: 202-630-2MOV 

8442 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield, VA, 22152

2704 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22301

Cathy has lived in the DC Metro area since 1996. She currently lives in West Springfield, VA. Licensed since 2001 and serves clients in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Cathy's service area includes Fairfax County, Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church in Virginia and Prince George's, and Montgomery County in Maryland., and of course. 

Cathy has an excellent track record getting short sales approved and closed. Cathy can also facilitate buying and selling real estate anywhere in the world. 

Cathy is a VHDA Certified Trainer and she has taught classes on buying short sales, HUD homes, and foreclosures and social media marketing classes through Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education Program. 

Cathy is a retired Army Reserve Major and an accomplished singer with a rock band. She resides in Springfield, VA with her dog and cat.

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Comments (2)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sorry to hear that this has happened to you Cathy, people say all kinds of insensitive things when under stress.

We can expect a lot of this type of stress induced talk in the near future.

Mar 17, 2020 07:35 PM
Cathy Baumbusch
RE/MAX Executives - Alexandria, VA
If you want to stand out put on a red dress!

Thanks. My broker said a neighbor joked with her about getting a license so he'd make more money during this time. 

Mar 18, 2020 10:30 AM