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Ask An Ambassador: Choose To Walk Away

Real Estate Agent with Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

One of my favorite things about using blogging for lead generation is that when used properly, the results attract clients you WANT to work with.

The longer I'm in this business and the older I get, the less I want to work with people that make even the simplest parts of real estate harder than it needs to be.

That doesn't mean I'm not willing to work hard, because I do work hard, but it's for people I've chosen to give my time and energy to.

With a focus on low maintenance homes and almost as likely the last ever home for many of our buyers, patience is key.  Few of those clients come to us in a "ready now" state, but well in advance of buying their next home...but are willing to move up the timelines if the right home shows up tomorrow.

These consumers have already dug into the content about patio homes, condos, landominiums, new construction, etc. that is available in our market, so they've got a pretty good idea of what to expect from the market and the process, and are trusting us to provide guidance.  We're they're real estate sherpa.

On the other end of the spectrum is the cold call that leads off with "how much do you charge?" or "how much will you rebate me?".  There is no trust, the agent is strictly a commodity and any expertise I have is NOT what is being sought.

Frankly the latter category is probably the first to kick you to the curb if they think they can what they consider a better deal without you, and I suspect they may salivate at the recent settlement related headlines thinking their next agent will work as close to free as they can get!

Blogging can help you vette your clients when you focus your content on the type of client that makes you enjoy working in this business.  Figure out what THEY want, and provide it.

Do that, and you can easily walk away from the potential clients that are waving the red flag within seconds of contact.

We do not have to work with everyone that contacts us, the process works in both directions.

Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,

Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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The Liz Spear Team of Transaction Alliance
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Bill (and Liz too) - one of my favorite sayings is every contact is not a connection.  And the applicability of that statement relates to so much in life, not only the blogosphere.  

Apr 02, 2024 04:55 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Very true.  I'm selective about who I let in (e.g. Facebook requests).  I'll check out the profile of another agent or stranger before agreeing to connect.  If they look high drama, I'm not going there.

Apr 02, 2024 05:02 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

So true Bill. Some of us have not only been in the business long enough, but have lived long enough to trust and never question our instincts AND listen when our instincts tell us to walk away.

Apr 02, 2024 05:19 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

The alarm bells are usually going off for a good reason, even if not crystal clear to others.

Apr 03, 2024 05:47 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

An agent recently told me about a client who talked over him, refused to listen to any advice and never allowed room for him to speak. Ugh! Not someone I'd choose to work for, Bliz. We only have so many rotations and I want to increase mine, not deplete them.

Apr 02, 2024 06:53 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I only have so much charge in my social battery, and clients like the one you mention run me to Empty very quickly.

Apr 03, 2024 05:48 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sometimes walking away is the very best thing you can do and it’s not for other people to question because it’s your life after all

Apr 02, 2024 11:29 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

They can question if they want, but they don't get to make the decisions.

Apr 03, 2024 05:48 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Time is precious , I agree ,it's a show stopper when one of the first questions is: "how much do you charge?" or "how much will you rebate me?".  In Maryland rebating is illegal!

Apr 03, 2024 04:11 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

In Ohio, no issues with asking, but someone that starts off by wanting to get in my pocket isn't a good sign.

Apr 03, 2024 05:49 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes indeed. When those calls do come, it's up to us to decide who we want to work with. There are definitely those we hear from who will take a lot of time and effort and in the end it will be for naught. The longer we are in the business, the better we can get at figuring out which is which.

Apr 03, 2024 05:29 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Only so many hours in the day, and I want to spend mine helping those that will not spend the entire time second guessing each action I take on their behalf.

Apr 03, 2024 05:50 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Being able to attract the clients that we WANT to work with seems like the ultimate goal.  Saying no to clients that we don't want to work with feels so good!

Apr 03, 2024 06:19 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Recognizing early that working with particular people is going to be futile is a precious time saver.

Apr 03, 2024 07:53 AM
Doug Rogers
RE/MAX Coastal Properties - Destin, FL
Your Real Estate Resource!

Great Post, good for newbies and awesome reminder for those of us with experience. 

Apr 03, 2024 06:26 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Being selective about clients is key to managing my overall life.

Apr 03, 2024 07:54 AM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

Monday of this week.  (No Joke)

Referral from an out of area agent who has referred us mulitple times. 

Scenario: Referring agent has close Friend who had home listed at $328,900 and was under contract 2 times that fell apart.  Seller fires agent. Could not get exact reasons why.  Was on the market for over 120 days which is long in our markets.

My (extremely successful) agent met with the owners and they were adamant about re-listing but wanted the new list price at $350,000.  And if we would not agree to the list price even though No comps come even close to that...well they have another agent they are talking with who will list it high.

My agent calls me and wants my opinion.  ME: "RUN!  Tell them we are not a good fit for their goals and RUN!  Blame it on me!"  "Then call the referring agent and explain why and if needed...blame it on me!" 

And she did...and we walked away. And referring agent totally understood.

Never be afraid to walk away or in some cases...RUN!

Apr 03, 2024 06:56 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Ahh...the ever popular, "buy the listing with a higher than justified price, then hope they finally get motivated and be the 2nd or 3rd mouse who gets the cheese" strategy!!
Yep, the red flags were waving big time with those sellers and good you did the RUN away approach!

Apr 03, 2024 07:56 AM
Reputable Realty - Apple Valley, CA
...Marketing your home like no one else will.

Thanks for standing by to help!   

Apr 03, 2024 07:05 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

You're welcome!

Apr 03, 2024 07:56 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I finally realized that I don't do crazy - I keep a  stuffed white whale to remind myself of what happened to captain Ahab with Moby Dick  (Spoiler alert - the whale killed him) 

Apr 03, 2024 08:49 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Call me Ishmael.

Apr 03, 2024 09:16 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Ah, yes! The ones who shop for their "discount parachute" are really easy when it comes to just saying no!

Apr 03, 2024 10:17 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I took one of those on some years back because of the price point.  HUGE regrets.  It was a nice check at closing, but a very painful road to get there.

Apr 03, 2024 10:27 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Bill,

Love your post because its so true! Never be afraid to walk away..I walked away from 4 listings last year from those who only cared about the break I was going to give them in fees. Over the years I've learned to listen to my gut!

Apr 03, 2024 10:43 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Experience has its benefits.  You can see the trouble before it becomes trouble.

Apr 03, 2024 08:35 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Being able to walk away or fire a client is SO liberating!!!! We need to remind them that we're assessing their fit with us too... not always just the other way around.  Solid post! Congrats on the feature! 

Apr 04, 2024 05:50 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's definitely a two way street.  I can be very patient if the clients are sincere, but when it becomes obvious they're not really serious about doing something and I've got drives to the edge of my service area every showing, something has to give.

Apr 04, 2024 06:49 PM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Yes, indeed and amen !

Apr 05, 2024 05:49 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

No point in bruising our heads against the wall.

Apr 06, 2024 06:46 AM
Michael Elliott

Liz and Bill Spear   I literally turned my back on a potential client and walked away 2 weeks ago after dealing with 3 minutes of arrogance, rudeness and ignorance.  I have zero interest in that.  Next!

Apr 06, 2024 06:54 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

When you know, you know!

Apr 06, 2024 07:21 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

I have fired more customers than I would have thought in my younger years. 

Apr 05, 2024 11:13 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I think the more experienced and settled in the business, the easier it is to recognize when we should pass or move on.

Apr 06, 2024 06:47 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Liz and Bill Spear,  You hit the nail on the head with this one. My time is very valuable. I will not work with people who do not appreciate my time. Those days have been over years ago. I know what I am worth.  People looking for a bargain agent may go elsewhere 

Apr 05, 2024 02:45 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's one of my biggest frustrations in the business, if you hire me, listen to me, not your friend 3 states away who last bought a house in 1983.

Apr 06, 2024 06:48 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

You are so featured in BananaTude!


Apr 05, 2024 05:42 PM
Liz and Bill Spear


Apr 06, 2024 06:48 AM
Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Blogging is also a stress reliever as well - there are some crazy days out there in the real estate world! 

Apr 11, 2024 07:02 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

That there are!

Apr 11, 2024 11:46 AM