Today I was talking with a friend that I have had since grade school and found out that he and another mutual friend bought a house with another agent. I was at a loss for words when I found out this news.
I did not know whether to be angry or be hurt by this situation. I mean what happened? I thought for sure they would have used my services to buy a home. I have been offering them my services for the last two years I have been an agent. And I figured that being good friends with them would guarantee me their business. I had to ask them why they chose someone else.
When I began to probe I got them to tell me they had been looking for a while, and that they looked at over 20 homes with the other agent. Also, the agent had 15 years of experience. I guess that might be one reason they used another agent. Given this is barely my second year in Real Estate. Maybe they preferred a more experienced agent to help them with there purchase.
This only seemed to bother me even more. I began to think about all the training and support I receive in my company that I felt a little betrayed by my friends. For example, I went to school, took my tests and passed my national and state exams. From there I took all the classes my company offered and chose my office because my broker was the top producer of the company.
So, I may not be a 15 year veteran of the game but I know what I am doing and I am confident in my abilities as an agent. With the support of my office I could have easily handled their purchase with little to no problems.
Well I do see a silver lining to this gray cloud. And it is that if something goes wrong with this transaction (which in all honesty I hope goes well) it will be the other agent on the hook and not me. That agent will be held responsible, and he/she will have to deal with their unhappiness.
Personally I do not think they got a great deal. For what they paid for that home I could have gotten them into a brand new home. And I believe I could have done the same job or better than the other agent provided them.
Am I bitter? Mad? Sad? YES. Will I get over it? Thanks to AR I am now.
I would like to ask my fellow Active Rainers a few questions. Has this happened to any of you? If so, how did that make you feel? How did you handle the situation? Is this common? Should I get used to it? Am I overreacting?
Any input you have will be appreciated. I would like to hear other stories from other on AR.