Some Agents Really are Idiots

Real Estate Agent with Hunt Real Estate

Some Agents Really are Idiots, present company excluded, of course!


Jack, an agent in my office, had his home listed for sale.  The expired listing showed up on my hotsheet this morning.  Naturally, that meant I had to ask him if he was looking for a new listing agent. ;-)


I was expecting Jack to say how he's already heard the same line from half the office, or even for him to say he's got a new listing agent (his wife, who is also licensed).  But no, Jack's response was not what I expected at all.


An agent with another company (that is known for their aggressive cold calling) called his house at 8:15 this morning to ask if he was interested in relisting his house.  I guess Jack's answer was something like, "You're kidding, right?" and the other agent said NO!!!  He was serious!  Jack proceeded to ask this other agent if he'd looked at the listing sheet - aside from the phone number, I'm assuming.


Our MLS does several things right, but one thing I love is that we are required to enter in the property owner's name **right below the listing agent's name** no less.  We are also required to disclose any personal relationships between agents and clients.  Clear as can be on Jack's listing sheet are the words "Agent is owner. MUST Call owner to show".  Add to that the fact that Jack and his wife Ellie have been real estate super stars for more years than I can remember.


I just have to observe a couple key points.  First, regardless of what they say, not everyone does their homework.  Second, what was this idiot thinking?


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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Hi Sharon,

Unfortunately there are many more out there just like him.  Have a great week.  Michael A. Caruso

Aug 13, 2008 05:46 AM #1
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

So Jack Didn't give him the listing?, I know what you are saying ..agents can be stupid. Steve

Aug 13, 2008 05:46 AM #2
Travis Newton
Salem and Bend Oregon FHA, VA & USDA 503.931.4490 - Salem, OR

great post, I bet that happens more than we know.

Aug 13, 2008 05:49 AM #3
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Sharon, this is too funny.  I wonder if the prospective agent even knows what he did.

Aug 13, 2008 06:01 AM #4
Roy A. Peterson
Domicile Analysis of Texas - El Paso, TX

Hi Sharon, the title to your post said it all.  Sometimes during my inspections people what to read my notes, before handing my clip board to them, I explain and said, the report is written in French, then translated to Spanish and interpreted in English. Good Luck.~ Newbie Roy

Aug 13, 2008 06:03 AM #5
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
I had the same thing happen when I had my husband's house listed before we got married. I let the listing expire so I could see what type of advertising and marketing we would receive. The phone rang a few times that first day, even though it was immediately relisted, so that shows people don't check the MLS before calling. When the callers would ask why I didn't think it had sold, I would tell them, "You get what you pay for". That was a running joke for many months since I didn't charge him to list the house, though I should have. He had a hard house to sell and it took a lot to get it sold!
Aug 13, 2008 06:05 AM #6
Jesse Barron, REALTOR® - Real Estate Made Easy™ in Anne Arundel County, MD
Keats & Co. Real Estate, LLC - Annapolis, MD

Well, you don't know unless you ask.

Just like doctors shouldn't diagnose themselves, real estate agents shouldn't sell their own homes.  They are too emotionally attached.

Aug 13, 2008 06:10 AM #7
Rich Ferretti
Rich Ferretti Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
ABR QSC Realtor/Broker, Charlotte NC Real Estate a

All too often!!!!

Thanks for sharing

Aug 13, 2008 06:10 AM #8
Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

Heads down and phone number in hands the expired listing teams are hard at work.  They took the class and forget the simple things like read the remarks or look at the do not call rules.  Busted!

Aug 13, 2008 07:32 AM #9
Sharon Wager
Hunt Real Estate - Camillus, NY
"Your Blue Jean Agent"

Michael - you're right, there are too of many of them out there

Steve- LOL, I would take the listing in a heartbeat

Travis - I can only imagine how this guy presents himself to other sellers, and I am embarrassed for him!

Erik - Total change of subject, but are you going to the block party tonight or not?  A few of us are confused, including me!  I'll be late, but hope to see you there!

Roy - I am so going to steal that line from you.  It's great!

Donna - I think Pat answered your comment perfectly.  Did you ever say anything face to face to any of your callers?

Jesse - you think? I'm thinking the guy didn't have a snowball's chance ... on this one!

Rich - anytime :-)

Aug 13, 2008 09:21 AM #10
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I thought Jack should have given him the listing ... sounds like a go-getter to me!

Aug 13, 2008 09:50 AM #11

Off topic, but I thought any agents reading this might enjoy the following article..


Realtors Blame Housing Market For Slump In Creepy-Mansion Sales

Aug 13, 2008 02:27 PM #12
Sharon Wager
Hunt Real Estate - Camillus, NY
"Your Blue Jean Agent"
NYCO - LOL "These days, though, the scavengers are too scared to go in and strip its copper pipes." Wish that was true of some of the listings I had earlier this year! Funny article - do we think the go-getter would call on a creepy mansion that expired? Probably! Richard, can I write his resume for him? I wish Jack remembered his name because I'd love to go head to head against him for a listing!
Aug 13, 2008 04:02 PM #13
Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor
RE/MAX Properties - Ridgewood, NJ
Broker Associate

Great post.  I"m sure this happens a lot more than we all think.  It's amazing!

Aug 18, 2008 09:00 AM #14
Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

Bwahahaha.  Before getting licensed, I would get relist letters, explaining how they read my ad and would love to relist my lovely home.  Umm... I guess you didn't read it because it was land.  Amazing to me how an agent thinks they are going to snow a Seller in relisting with them when they won't even read the ad/listing sheet.  Funny post!

Aug 18, 2008 10:46 AM #15
Sharon Wager
Hunt Real Estate - Camillus, NY
"Your Blue Jean Agent"
Sal, you've nailed it! Thinking! We think, therefore, it sets us apart! Margaret/Peggy/Peg/Maggie/Cheryl ;-) Thank you! Did you laugh at them or did you reach the point of wishing you could legally choke some common sense into them?
Aug 18, 2008 04:16 PM #16
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