No Wonder Real Estate Agents Are Not Liked
by Pam Simpson
The Kudzu Vine
I 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. Good 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.
About the author:
Copyright© 2008 By Pam Simpson, All Rights Reserved...**No Wonder Real Estate Agents Are Not Liked**
About the author:Pam Simpson is a Broker-Associate with Bob Leigh & Associates, LLC in Northwest Mississippi.
Disclaimer: All information provided by this author is based on information collected from several sources and is believed accurate but not guaranteed.