A day in the life of a Beverly Hills Realtor, one who has been licensed for over 26 years (not including my time as a Boston, MA Realtor). Given all these years of practice, you can probably imagine that I have a slew of stories from which to choose to share on the platform! A couple that crossed my mind were the time I went with a client to look at condos in the San Fernando Valley and one of them had a camera and tripod focusing on the sleeping area; or there was the listing appointment where the owner had at least 15 stray cats and another 10 cats that were meandering between inside/outside the home. (As a cat dad and pet friendly realtor myself, I had a tough time not taking the listing.)
The story that ultimately won out is the time that I fired a group of 3 brothers with whom I had a 10-year working relationship. As a bit of background, we were in the beginning stages of the technological revolution when the working relationship started; DocuSign, WhatsApp and other technology did not even exist. By the time the relationship ended, we had all of the technology on which we rely so heavily.
While I think I can tolerate a good deal of indiscretion, and while I understand that real estate can involve large sums of money for a buyer or a seller and can become a very emotional process for various reasons, I had just reached my limit of what I would or could tolerate. One brother (the most balanced of the 3) was living in Lebanon. He and I would do most of the communicating as he kept up with the advances in technology and had more of a Western approach when it came to listing, negotiating and selling properties. The second brother was living in California in the Inland Empire area; over the years he got married and divorced, relocated to another state, returned to California and ultimately moved to France. He was a bit different when it came to interacting with women in the business profession, for example I had a call from an Escrow Officer who asked me to talk to him and tell him to leave the building. You get the idea. The third and oldest brother professed to be a very devout Catholic. He was always the hardest to be found since they had many vacant lots all over California; this brother was not always focused nor was he highly accessible by cellphone.
Whenever it came time to list one of their properties, I always had to be prepared for a huge argument because their listing price well exceeded any realistic listing price; ultimately we would reach a compromise, and I would begin the marketing. Yet, this was not near as complicated as when I would present them with an offer on their property. They immediately would perceive the offer as an “insult” and as their listing agent, I was the “enemy”. I would first have to convince who I described as the most balanced brother. Once that was done, he would argue with his other 2 brothers and then I would have to step in to individually convince the other 2. Then we would start all over again. Quiet the nerve racking style of negotiations. Once all 3 brothers were on board, it was time to obtain the signatures. Next my job was to pass the Sellers’ counteroffer onto the Buyer’s Agent. If there were more than two counter offers the process was always the same. Often, they wanted to go backwards to their first counteroffer. They were truly testing my patience not to mention my stress level. Once we had a final agreement, then of course we needed to again collect the signatures and initials. As a bonus, often there was a Grant Deed that needed to be notarized in an American Embassy.
The final straw for me came when the oldest brother decided to live on one of the lots that I was marketing. This particular lot had a man-made cave on the property and he was literally living in it like a cave man in it. I begged him to please vacate the land so that when I showed the land I do not have to disclose him as one of the sellers. He said he would and then did not comply. One time he scared the daylights out of one of the potential buyers and that for me was the last straw. I ultimately chose my sanity😊
This post was submitted for an Active Rain Challenge in September 2022. Thank you for reading.
Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) email@example.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath, Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708