Can we be real?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with PRCMPG

I got an interesting email from an agent this week.  No, she's not a client, just someone who had heard that I might be able to help her with a problem she was having.  Someone had taken the time to register a URL, build a website with enough SEO savvy to get top Google ranking that was completely dedicated to telling the world what a horrible agent she was.  Seriously, at first I thought it was funny, then sad, then aggravated.  I wasn't angry at the poor guy who felt swindled (although the comments about this person's heritage and family were, well, unfair), I was frustrated that her interest was not in making thing right, but in covering it up.   

This morning on Google there were about 1,650,000 results for I hate realtors (which took 0.17 seconds).  That is 1.65 million times that someone wasn't slightly disappointed but angry enough to take the time to go online and say something about it.  In last year's Harris Interactive poll on "prestigious" careers real estate agents and brokers rated dead last.  The interesting dynamic is the top of the list are the careers that are where many of the real estate community come from.  Why?  and maybe a better question is "What are we, as the minority of professionals, going to do about it?"

 

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We need to start taking seriously the realities the problems within our industry and take a stand to clean them up.  We need to increase our standard of service - not for marketing purposes - but because it is the right thing to do.  We need to stop making excuses and start finding solutions on how to sell those listings that we took on.  We need to take ownership and responsibility (I know neither of those are very popular concepts in society), stop playing the blame game and actively turn the tide of perception for what we do.

I know how hard we work as professionals, how much we do and to what lengths we must go to get the job done.  The problem is that those that are good and do the job well are silent about it and those who are bad do all the talking.  Walk the talk, talk the walk and be a light of hope to your local community. 

 

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***Parent Relocation Council, Inc. is looking for Regional Directors for Northern California, Texas and Hawaii, if you know of anyone who has a great reputation within the industry, has been full time in the real estate industry as an agent, broker or affiliate for more than 3 years and has leadership qualities please let us know at chris@parentrelocationcouncil.org***

 

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Rainmaker
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Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

Shocking info.  What are those agents doing that are pissing off the public, I wonder?

Nov 06, 2008 02:27 AM #1
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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

This news is very shocking-I didn't even know this information was available thanks for sharing.  Hopefully, the customers who had a bad experience are able to have the help of a Real Estate Professional to help them.  Maybe this will help them see there are great Professionals in are industry.

Nov 06, 2008 02:39 AM #2
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Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Hey. Great post. I think often these agents are in it for the quick buck. They don't care about their clients and they are out to turn and burn; this creates the anger and hate that we need to fight on a daily basis. Thanks for sharing and lets help clean up our profession to get back on track. Jim

Nov 06, 2008 03:09 AM #3
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Reid Hayes
Above The Rim LLC - Dumfries, VA

I am a little surprised at the actor being a bad career, so many people are so interested in them...

Nov 06, 2008 03:39 AM #4
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Benny mckee
Greenway Financial - Gainesville, VA

wow an athlete, is not a prestigious career, that is strange, so many people idolize these people

Nov 06, 2008 03:40 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Those lists are really weird! That list on the right is just not what I would consider a list of prestigious occupations, for the most part. And some of the ones of the left, I just don't understand how they ended up in that category either. I'd be interested in who conducted the survey, and where they found the people who gave the answers. It says "Harris Interactive Poll". I've never heard of it. I'm going to look it up =)

Nov 06, 2008 04:48 AM #6
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Brenda Carus
Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate - Monroe, WI

I heard the same thing on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me recently.  Realtor was the least prestigious career right now.  Great.

Nov 06, 2008 07:18 AM #7
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Carol Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate - Langhorne, PA
Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa

I can't believe someone went through all of that just because they were mad.  There is a lot of time and energy involved in creating a website the is SEO.  

Nov 06, 2008 09:09 PM #8
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I am surprised to read that someone took the time to create the web site.

Nov 06, 2008 09:27 PM #9
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