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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I did not know that real estate agents had territories. I guess I'll go P on their sign and mark my territory.

Feb 20, 2016 06:12 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Claiming territory is so silly, I always laugh.

Feb 20, 2016 12:41 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Self-proclaimed territories?  Please.  

Feb 20, 2016 05:05 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
PREA Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA

I haven't had that exact situation, but I've had a couple of weird ones.

An agent walked into my broker preview and asked how I got that listing because it was in so and so's neighborhood.  I said I was hired by the sellers. The agent kept insisting that it was so and so's neighborhood and I shouldn't have gotten the listing.

There was another situation where a self-important agent with whom I'd had an unpleasant transaction walked into my open house with a client, insisting that she was supposed to have gotten that listing.  It was a bizarre thing for that agent to say. 

Feb 20, 2016 12:31 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Sure... no biggie. No one "owns" a territory and hopefully we are all adults.

Feb 20, 2016 07:19 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I have not been in that situation personally Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington, though have had an agent from our office mention they were selling a home in the area/community where we live and work.  It was not a problem to me, even though I know they sell primarily in a different part of town, because they mentioned that they personally knew the sellers.  I've always felt that 'there is enough to go around' if you work hard, and that everyone could do well.  And of course, I see other realtor company signs in our area, so I never thought of it as anyone's 'self-proclaimed territory . . .'

Feb 20, 2016 01:04 PM
Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

Not a good experience, but it was a learning experience. 

Feb 20, 2016 12:15 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

So many people to agree with. Today I’ll “ditto” Curtis Evans and Mary Yonkers

Feb 21, 2016 06:34 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Some agents get snarky, and some are very nice.  It think that is true regardless whether or not one's mythical territory is invaded!  LOL!  A

Feb 21, 2016 12:53 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I think we all need to play nice.

Feb 21, 2016 12:53 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Wasn't aware of any such animal!! 


Feb 20, 2016 11:36 PM
Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

These are most likely the same ones who think they own certain pews in Church. 

Feb 20, 2016 08:13 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Excuse me, didn't think anti-trust laws permitted exclusive territory

Feb 20, 2016 07:47 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

It's like they say Paul, all fun & games until someone gets their eye poked out. Amazing how emotions can turn 180 degrees in this business. If you believe you "own" a territory think again it can be a nasty ride, prepare well.

Feb 20, 2016 06:21 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Thankfully no one has ever confronted me claiming a area was their territory.  Good for them 

Feb 20, 2016 06:00 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Paul. I'm glad I don't have a territory, otherwise many would be a bit upset.

Feb 20, 2016 05:47 PM
Toronto, ON

In our great province, agent is allowed to trade in real estate anywhere in the province, according to the law.  Of course, various professional standards, knowledge etc. must still be maintained.  In a very populated metropolitan area such as mine, it would be extremely difficult for one agent to claim "ownership" of a particular area.  We have over 42,000 agents in the board.

Feb 20, 2016 04:33 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington - happened when I took a listing 60 miles away from my area.

And I had to find a buyer (which I did - in about 10 days!)

Feb 20, 2016 01:56 PM
Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I have not been in that situation. There are so many agents in our market. I've noticed no one actually has a territory.  

Feb 20, 2016 01:54 PM
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     I am listing two houses this week in a subdivision that has 38 houses for sale.  30+ of those houses are listed by the same agent (it's her Farm).  I look forward to meeting her!

Feb 22, 2016 11:57 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have had listings in another agent's farm area, and never really had any interaction.  The listings do not last long.  

Feb 21, 2016 11:37 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

If an agent dominates in a certain neighborhood, he/she will be very unhappy, yet, I'd say: deal with it, I'm not going away and might even like it here:) 

Feb 21, 2016 04:21 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I dont worry about it, but do stop by to visit them when in their town.

Feb 21, 2016 03:53 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

No...agents in my area don't have territories. 

Feb 21, 2016 12:17 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I always enjoy it when I do take a listing in someone's self proclaimed terriorty.  Did it a couple times last year.  Has never been an issue with the agent, that I'm aware of.

Feb 21, 2016 12:02 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

can't think of any claimed territory I've ever worked in

Feb 21, 2016 11:52 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Oh Yea more than once and once I was treated very badly until I spoke with my Broker at the time

Feb 21, 2016 10:55 AM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

In my experience, it has always been fair game and no on "own" a farm area.

Feb 21, 2016 09:26 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, and I've been treated well as well as awful depending on the agent.

Feb 21, 2016 04:19 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Owning a territory is wishful thinking.

Feb 21, 2016 03:25 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Yes, dealing with that now (not for the first time). Professional on the surface, but he was very angry that the seller didn't choose him.

Feb 21, 2016 02:33 AM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

Yes, they usually ask how you got the listing and tell the story of how hard they worked to farm the neighborhood.  They are usually kind.

Feb 21, 2016 02:12 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

it happens often....and we don't care...we have the listing and that's all that counts.... we are never treated badly by other agents....THEY KNOW BETTER!!!!

Feb 21, 2016 02:00 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

They will only "have" that territory if you let them.

Feb 21, 2016 01:52 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

Self proclaimed territory??? Are you serious? Just tell them that there is a new sheriff in town! Really really silly!!

Feb 21, 2016 01:15 AM
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

No. Many agents market to a particular area just like I do and have a large market share. You are never going to get all the business and don't want it. Always treated other agents with professional courtesy... it's the only way to survive in this industry.

Feb 21, 2016 12:22 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

We had one who claimed ownership of an area. My broker warned me that she would try to intimidate me, and she did. I wasn't intimidated. LOL
Very tiny.

Feb 20, 2016 11:33 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I was quick to point out that we work our markets without boundaries.

Feb 20, 2016 10:58 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

yes. The agent was not too pleased.

Feb 20, 2016 10:46 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

No it's never been an issue

Feb 20, 2016 10:42 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington Yes, many times. Never had an agent get upset other than maybe a remark that it was there territory. This was a listing in another agent's farm area.

Feb 20, 2016 10:22 PM
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

I haven't had that problem, but I don't get that involved with other agents.  I don't think it would be a problem for me.

Feb 20, 2016 10:11 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Very seldom does one person have an iron clad lock on a territory. I have seen it effective only a few times. The rest are a perception in the agent's own mind. They are the ones not professional!

Feb 20, 2016 09:25 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yep, It happens.

The offended agents threatens to keep both of their buyers away from the house.

The agents who ask 'How?" instead of accusing "How could you!" will see what I do.


Feb 20, 2016 09:25 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

With so many agents in an area it is difficult to proclaim sovereignty over one area! I have heard stories but could not verify.

Feb 20, 2016 09:22 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

One year I got 2 listings in Vienna VA fairly close together. I was doing an Open House in one of them, and some agent stopped by and asked " how did you get this listing"? I told him the owner called me and asked me to list it. He looked totally confused and said " I don't get it, I farm this area, and I know I sent a post card to this address, and the owner never even called me." He sounded more upset, than mad. I just told him, well almost everyone knows an agent or two, so many will call an agent they know before they call one that they don' know. Farming is a game of percentages that plays out over time, etc. I think he gave up thinking he was going to corner the market in any specific territory.

Feb 20, 2016 08:55 PM