No Wonder Real Estate Agents Are Not Liked

Real Estate Agent with Bob Leigh & Assoc., LLC

No Wonder Real Estate Agents Are Not Liked
by Pam Simpson
The Kudzu Vine

Couple with HomeI admit that my family has been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to entertainment.  We live in a rural area of Northwest Mississippi that is not serviced by cable.  The only option for cable-like TV is through a satellite dish and we just never got around to getting that service until recently.  So, I've pretty much missed out on all the Real Estate "Reality" shows on cable. 

Now when I lived in Memphis, I had cable with HGTV.  Back then, the only programs on that channel were gardening, cooking, and crafts.  Of course, I had heard other people talk about these "Reality" shows dealing with staging, buying, and selling homes, but I had never experienced the joy of actually watching one of these shows until recently. 

OMG..Are these people for real?  I mean seriously, do they actually have licenses to sell real estate or are they just actors with a script trying to make a juicy TV show? 

Now - before I completely offend someone who loves these shows, let me say that we do not get most of the popular cable channels.  We opted for the cheapest satellite package we could find.  The only reason we finally decided to get satellite at all was for clear reception. 

The 2 or 3 Real Estate programs I have seen have had appalling 'characters' as real estate agents.  GoodPaper Bag Guy grief - no wonder people have such a dim view of our profession.  Some appear to have no ethics at all, but they do have plenty of ego and greed. 


 With all that being said, I can see an upside to these programs.  They do seem to help sellers see the need for cleaning up the clutter, depersonalizing a home, how proper staging can make a difference, and the absolute necessity for realistic pricing.  But when it comes to the agents and the process as a whole, "Reality" TV has very little to do with Reality

Note To Potential Real Estate Consumers:  Please don't let these so-called "Reality" shows cloud your judgment on real estate agents.  Granted, there are some bad apples in the barrel.  But most are very hard-working people who are committed to doing the very best job they can for their clients.

FOR BUYERS:  Buying a Foreclosure, Finding a Home, Loan Info, Tax Credit, Interest Rates

FOR SELLERS:  Pricing, Selling Tips   

LOCAL COMMUNITY INFO:  Tate County Community, Memphis Community, Southaven Community

MARKET REPORTS:  Foreclosure Report, Hernando MS Report, Olive Branch MS Report, Tate County MS Report

REALTOR STUFF:  NAR, Real Estate and Media, Real Estate Agents

OTHER:  Rural Life, Breast Cancer Awareness, Angel Food Ministries, Property Rights, Auctions

 About the author:

Pam Simpson is a Broker-Associate with Bob Leigh & Associates, LLC in Northwest Mississippi
Copyright© 2008 By Pam Simpson, All Rights Reserved...**No Wonder Real Estate Agents Are Not Liked**

Disclaimer:  All information provided by this author is based on information collected from several sources and is believed accurate but not guaranteed.

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Comments (2)

Michele Reneau
Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor - Summerville, SC
Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team

Reality TV can present some what of a distorted view. I participated in a House Hunters episode this year.  The down side of this show is that people think we only show 3 houses and a buyer picks one. How easy is that? Anybody in a monkey suit could do that job!  But the truth is that we saw 15+ houses before they found the right one.

Nov 04, 2008 02:21 AM
Pam Simpson
Bob Leigh & Assoc., LLC - Senatobia, MS
GRI, Broker-Assoc.

Michele - thank you for the comments and sharing your experience in what goes on behind the scenes.  Its good to hear from someone who has participated in one of the Reality TV shows.  I figured that a LOT gets left on the editing room floor.

Nov 04, 2008 03:26 AM