Updated Remember That You Work for Me

Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

An Update  Remember That You Work for Me!

In looking at a post for this month's challenge I went into my archives to find the post that had received the most clicks. It was this post in 2013, that had gotten Featured and re-blogged a couple of times that seemed to resonate with so many fellow members at the time.

I washed off a little dust and brought it back as some times we just forget ourselves.

The buyers were anxious to make a spectacular deal and had I done what they requested, they would have lost the home of their dreams. In retrospect, I should have titled the post  Remember that I  Work With You


Remember That You Work for Me!

Updated  Remember That You Work for Me

These were the words spoken to me by a client while we were reviewing the inspection report on their intended purchase. They wanted me to make a claim for credits on many items in the inspection that the inspector pointed out as needing ongoing attention for preventive maintenance as well as disclosed items by the seller which was reflected in the price.

An exchange between us found resolution, but only after I had to point out when I was first aware that I was working for them.

I knew I was working for you when I insisted that you sit with a loan officer before we would go out and look at homes. I wanted you to be aware of what you were going to be able to buy and in what price range.

I knew I was working for you when I justified not trying to submit an offer 20% less than asking price after the sellers had already reduced the value of the house. Not only would it be insulting, but a big waste of time which could have been spent finding something closer to your price range.

I knew I was working for you when I did point out to the seller’s agent all that we had seen wrong with the house when we visited it, and also gave the agent supporting documents to show it was a justified price.

I knew I was working for you when I suggested a few qualified inspectors that would give you a fair report and protect your interests. Just picking at random from a list of names may not get you the desired results.

I knew I was working for you when I made sure we hit all of our milestones as noted on the contract so that we would not fall behind on the contract and be able to close without problems.

I knew I was working for you when I wrote the report to the seller’s agent on the unforeseen issues that the inspector discovered and was asking for a proper and reasonable resolution and not a blind dollar request for reductions.

I knew I was working for you when we did the final walk through of the home and all was as we had hoped it would be and there were no more surprises.

YOU knew I was working for you when we closed on time, and you and your family were given the keys to the home and were ready to move in.

Looking to buy or sell real estate in Central Connecticut? Call me so you can see how I can work for you as well.

Remember That You Work for Me!



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Edward (Ed) Silva
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Comments (20)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Ed -whether it's cleaning the cobwebs of our mind or sifting through our AR archives, much can be found.  Maybe not each time but some lasting gems like those discovered in this post can get another chance to shine.  

Dec 02, 2022 06:36 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

What a great post, Ed. Well worth bringing back!

Dec 02, 2022 06:44 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

ED Yes...They should have known You Were Working For Them by all these examples and probably even  more!

Dec 02, 2022 07:09 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

What a gem of a posting and so true we do work for our clients when we counsel them with knowledge and emotional intelligence.

Dec 02, 2022 07:10 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Absolutely agree - and often setting boundaries and counseling clients on what is actually reasonable IS working for our clients 

Dec 02, 2022 07:25 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Throwback Friday Ed!  This post is a relevant today as when you wrote it in 2013. Stellar points and well said.

Dec 02, 2022 09:40 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed I have never had a Borrower ask me that.  I don't think I would be as nice in answering that question as you were.  ☺️

Dec 02, 2022 02:16 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Ed. Even though you had to run it through the washer to clean it up, you still nailed it! Enjoy your day.

Dec 03, 2022 04:06 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You work hard for your clients and always have their best interests in mind, they should always appreciate you!

Dec 03, 2022 04:46 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This was definitely worth a redo - as it's all still appropriate. Sometimes it's amazing that deals close - there's so much that goes on behind the scenes, isn't there?

Dec 03, 2022 05:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good reading for prospective home buyers.

Have a productive weekend.

Dec 03, 2022 07:16 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

A fantastic post to bring back a 2nd time for all of us! Clients can get sidetracked or stuck on some minor things that prevent them from getting the home they desire. Glad you were there to help them through to the end, Ed. 

Dec 03, 2022 08:38 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Ed - sometimes making buyers understand that you are working in their interests is necessary.  You need to save them sometimes.

Dec 03, 2022 10:01 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

I missed this the first time but sure am glad you brought it back - I think sometimes clients are not really aware of all that we do to assist them. This is a great reminder.


Dec 03, 2022 10:04 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed- one of my least phrases to hear, and not just regarding real estate. I've never cared for it when someone points out the "you work for ME."That said, I'm sure that the majority of your clients understand all that you do for them. 

Dec 03, 2022 02:25 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Ed,

Weren't you smart to dig back and see from your archives to find some post that worked for you! Well Done!

Dec 03, 2022 02:58 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ed,

Many times a blog is timeless.  This is one of those times.  It is almost a play on words.  But resonates with all who read it.   Nice job!

Dec 03, 2022 04:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dec 03, 2022 06:56 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Some truths never change and never expire. This is one of them.

Dec 04, 2022 12:42 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva  - today is the first time I'm reading this post and it's a great one! I like how you set the record straight without causing confrontation. I also like how you dusted off a previous featured post and polished it too!

You're a great writer with good logical sense. 

Dec 07, 2022 07:40 PM