We have to work together, so let try to be nice.

Real Estate Agent with Max Broock Realtors

I just got a very curt email from a listing agent.  The email was combative, angry and packed with sarcasm.  The listing agent was working off of misinformation and instead of assuming the best out of me, she assumed the worst. 

This is just one of the many emails, phone calls and text messages from co-op agents that just were not nice.  I know that times are tough; our clients are petty, angry, mad, sad and never glad!!   This economy has brought out the worst in everyone.  We may be their agents but we do not have act like them.  And not all of our clients are that bad, but some are just mean!!   We, Realtors, must rise above the fray.  Let us treat each other as we would like to be treated. 

If we don't respect each other, how can we expect our clients to?  I know we are all tired; there are fewer Realtors, serving more clients, working twice as hard for half the pay.   But that is fine, for we are the best in the business; we are survivors, fighters and champions. And like all great Baseball, Basketball and NFL All Stars, we need respect each other and our sport, or no one will want to watch us play!!

A little kindness could be want the economist ordered.


Mike Sher

Comments (3)

Bill Driscoll
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Gardnerville, NV


I appreciate and understand your situation.  I have found few Realtors understand that we may be tough competitors but we are not adsaries.  I felt so strogly about that, that last year as President of our Association i offered a lucky $2 bill to any agent that would lunch or coffee with an agent they didn't know.  It was a flop!  I only gave away 10 $2 bills in an entire year.  Few understand that regardles of what brokerage we work for we are still all a team.  Our professional image will not improve until we get over that attitude. 

Feb 16, 2009 02:15 PM
Loan Survivor Real Estate Financing Expert
Purchases, First Time Buyers, Pre-Approvals, Refinance - Birmingham, MI

I cannot tell you how many times I've THOUGHT about reacting negatively, but instead choose to react professionally - and saved myself total embarrassment because I did not have all the facts.

I try to always take the professional road.


Feb 16, 2009 11:05 PM
Jason Rose
123 ConEd LLC -- Michigan real estate continuing education - Farmington Hills, MI

Hey Mike.  I hate when that happens (although rarely) and cannot understand why some people act that way.  Don't they remember the old adage that you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.  Being professional, respectful, nice and informative will always put you ahead in the long run.

Feb 17, 2009 12:19 AM

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