Wednesday, May 20, 2015


The real estate market here has been somewhat stressful in recent weeks. In fact, it has pushed some participants right over the edge. The message below was mailed yesterday by a local agent to every member of our county association of Realtors. It is presented unedited except for the city location for your entertainment and contemplation. Caution: profanity

"I have had a dozen showings on a vacant house in $City.  Only 3 agents left cards.  and nobody, actually nobody called to offer feedback.  and only 2 responded to email feedback inquiries.  Who the hell trained you?  or should I say, who did not train you?  If u dot want to leave a card or provide feedback, dont fuckin show any of my listings."

A followup email was sent to all members last night (probably with his broker's gun to his head) apologizing for the profanity but interestingly not withdrawing the order to not show his listings. It's pretty amazing that someone with people skills like this has listings. I wonder how well he'll handle an offer. I imagine he'll be as difficult to deal with as the wound-up agent I was negotiating with last week who took more than 24 hours to respond to every email and phone call. A negotiation that should have taken one day stretched to six because the agent was either too busy or too slack to professionally and promptly respond to the buyer's agent.

Folks, choose your agent carefully. Settling for an incompetent or cuckoo agent can be an expensive mistake. If your agent is too busy to respond to you promptly she is probably too busy to deal competently with the other parties to your transaction. If she can't handle the stress you can do better.

"I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me. "  __John Cleese