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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services 607851

While Philemon was clearly in the wrong here it reminds me that we (almost) always have the option to walk away and to avoid confrontation.

That being said...

As Agents we do have a fiduciary responsibility to rightly defend/uphold the case of our clients. Don't misread that as "right or wrong" we are obligated to fight for our clients. Most of us want to be known as a nice person but that doesn't mean we need to be total milk toasts and let unjust demands be made of our clients/principals. If you don't have a backbone you don't belong in the business of being an advocate for a client.

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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

There is so much to this career field that the general public is unaware of.  The item you point out being just one of the many.  m

May 17, 2024 01:11 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

It is just one of many facets of our profession Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho and like you said the majority of the public has no clue. 

May 19, 2024 06:15 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Bob "RealMan" Timm I agree, real estate agents have a fiduciary responsibility to rightly defend uphold the case of our clients. Excellent post.

May 17, 2024 01:20 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thanks John Pusa . It's nice to hear "excellent" once in a while. 😊

May 19, 2024 06:22 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good afternoon Bob. No matter how state law defines your duty to a customer, ethically you are obligated to give it your best effort.

May 17, 2024 01:57 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Amen Wayne Martin unless of course they are asking you to do something unethical.

May 19, 2024 06:27 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Bob,

I totally agree if you are not going to do right by your clients then you have no business being a Real Estate Agent. We are their voice!

May 17, 2024 06:47 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Correct Steve Higgins . Thankfully those who just show up are usually out of the business within a year.

May 19, 2024 06:31 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I fight for my clients and you should have heard my conversation with the buyer's agent the last two days.... it was confrontational at best and I am being kind to myself, Endre

May 17, 2024 09:40 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall Endre Barath, Jr. . Maybe you could post about it.

May 19, 2024 06:37 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... I've long said that the sign of a successful negotiation is everyone walking away from the table feeling like a winner.

May 18, 2024 07:21 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

That's a perfect summery  of success Nina Hollander, Broker . 😍

May 19, 2024 06:41 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

An advocate definitely needs to have a backbone!

May 18, 2024 12:37 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

And yet it seems so few do Kat Palmiotti .

May 19, 2024 06:43 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday afternoon, Bob. Stand strong for the correct positions.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

May 19, 2024 09:51 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Roy Kelley . Last week was pretty good on many aspects and I hope this week continues on the same course.

May 19, 2024 06:45 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Bob I wholehearted agree with you.  Standing up for our clients best interests is part of our job and whether it's easy or not it must be done. I've always looked at this as strictly 'business' and didn't let the foolishness of an agent acting not so great get in the way. I go by the book and if need be involved their broker. It has always worked out.

May 21, 2024 12:25 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Yes, I too have had to go over the agents head to their Broker Anna "Banana" Kruchten . Usually the Broker has a cooler head and enough experience to know what is right and wrong.

May 21, 2024 01:04 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Exactly Bob!  They stick to the facts and don't get their emotions all worked up!!

May 21, 2024 01:08 PM