Business Cards

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Real Estate Agent with Houwzer Inc MD RE License 579412

Business Cards

There once was a time when agents would freely leave their business cards when showing property and many still do.  

There have been many changes in the code of ethics for real estate agents and many activities that were once seemed commonplace are now in breach of the rules.  

Leaving your business card, unless requested in the showing instructions, could be construed as soliciting the seller's business, which is a clear ethics violation.  Your business cards aren't doing you any good if you hang on to them but stop leaving them for individuals who are already under contract and represented by another agent.   Save your cards for someone who could use your assistance rather than someone that could land you in trouble with your real estate commission.

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June Piper-Brandon ~ Associate Broker ~ CDPE, CIAS, ePro, MRP

Houwzer Inc.

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June Piper Brandon - Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

June Piper Brandon - Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

Comments (17)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello June - rules and practices that were once common can change.  In a moment without reason as well as through a newly recognized custom or new standards.  

Jul 03, 2021 08:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

June,

I think that we all are reading too much into everything.  As a homeowner, I would think nothing of it, and that is our nature to take things at face value.  Happy 4th to you.

Jul 03, 2021 10:41 AM
June Piper-Brandon

The seller had a conversation with the agent,  called them and made an arrangement with them that wasn't in their best interest, and agreed to accept an offer $25,000 less than the highest offer received. 

Jul 03, 2021 09:17 PM
Greg Brown, Sales Rep Toronto, Durham region
Sutton Group Heritage Reallty Inc., Brokerage - Whitby, ON
www.GregBrown.Realtor

Sometimes a Listing agent asks for a business card to be left to show proof the Buyer agent showed up. I have a monthly goal to give out 100 cards. 

Jul 03, 2021 11:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi June- when we sold our homes I appreciated knowing who was in my home and that they in fact showed up. I never viewed the cards as any form of solicitation, however, perhaps if their agent was not doing a good job, the seller might be interested in the names of other agents. 

Jul 03, 2021 01:27 PM
June Piper-Brandon

The seller had a conversation with the agent,  called them and made an arrangement with them that wasn't in their best interest, and agreed to accept an offer $25,000 less than the highest offer received. 

Jul 03, 2021 09:19 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I do leave my business card but also just write Thank you on the card so they know we showed up . This can be important to the agent especially when they just have a simple combination lockbox.

Jul 03, 2021 02:48 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jul 03, 2021 06:26 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved your post June, agents need to keep up with the rules and the changes, it will benefit all... in my market there is the business card almost becoming an obsolite tool... thanks to the pandemic people do not want to touch you or your business card and leaving them on the table is becoming tackie, Endre

Jul 03, 2021 11:41 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning June - there are many customs in sales that have changed over time and could now be construed as unethical.

Jul 04, 2021 03:32 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If the listing asks agents to leave their card, I do. Otherwise, I don't.

 

 

Jul 04, 2021 05:07 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello June,  I always leave my card so someone knows who was there and roughly at the scheduled time, depending when they get back to their home.  Should a seller be at the home I introduce myself, including my company name.  I do not offer a card in person unless they ask.  June, from your reply's there seems to be a bit more behind the post than simply an agent leaving their card.  Sellers possibly stepped outside their boundary's as well?  Always the gray areas.  Enjoy the rest of your 4th.  Be safe. Mark

Jul 04, 2021 02:54 PM
June Piper-Brandon

In Maryland our lockboxes keep track of who comes to properties.  If they are set right the agent will get a notification that their lockbox was accessed and the agent taps a button when they leave to notify the seller that they have left.  

Jul 05, 2021 12:26 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello June, I know sometime my clients get upset if they left there home and came back and no business card, was someone there or not?

Jul 05, 2021 08:38 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

People can get upset about anything. To me, leaving a card to show you were in the house would be good manners. Now - the note that an agent left in one of my listings bck when I was an agent was not.

She werote that when the listing expired, please call her because she could do a much better job of marketing it. The homeowner, being a good and loyal person, gave me the note.

Jul 05, 2021 03:48 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I usually do not leave a card because we have electronic lockboxes and agents know I have been there.  I do also call the agent when I leave the home just to let them know we are done and that their clients can come back home.  I like to touch base with the listing agent showing as much respect as I can to them and their client.

Jul 06, 2021 06:52 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi June Piper-Brandon - Every MLS is different.  Leaving a business card is still considered a courtesy in my local MLS, and has not been considered an ethics issue.   We do have electronic lockboxes, so most agents do not leave their business cards.  

I always have a conversation with my seller about the dos and don'ts of negotiations.  I think it behooves us as REALTORs to have these conversations and educate our clients.  It is our job...

Jul 06, 2021 10:36 AM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

If the agent uses an electronic box, I don't leave a card. If they use a combo box, I do. It is a courtesy to let the agent and/or homeowner know I was in there home so if anything is amiss, they know who to contact. Great feature.

Jul 07, 2021 06:06 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That's a good reminder for all of us.  I always leave one when I'm showing a home so that the seller knows for sure I've been there. The agent will know as lockboxes are electronic, but I appreciate your view on leaving them! 

Jul 07, 2021 05:40 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

This is probably a regional concern. I agree it's odd, but in my market, agents are encouraged to leave a business card for the seller so they know who has been in their home. And really, in this digital age, why do we have so many business cards anyway? 

Jul 25, 2021 08:54 PM