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?