"I'm Your Friend, So I'll be Honest with you...!"

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Property ShopCouldn't sleep last night. Got up, turned on the TV, flipped thru channels until I landed on HGTV. When I can't sleep, HGTV tends to be my go-to channel since they usually have SOMETHING on besides "paid programming."

Anyway, I got my first taste of The Property Shop with real estate goddess Tatiana. I'd heard that she wasn't exactly the warmest, fuzziest real estate broker on the planet... and, indeed, I doubt she's often accused of being a little ray of sunshine.

This particular show's overall theme was the difficulty of working with friends and family. Okay, fine. You have my attention since that's sorta what I preach about all day long.

The first storyline has Tatiana reluctantly listing an overimproved loft in the 'hood. For a friend. Said friend had been trying to sell the loft for a year, priced at $900,000. No luck. Location sucks.

Tatiana comes in and says two things that made me LOL.

#1 - "Since you're my friend, I'll be honest with you. You're overpriced!"

#2 - "Since you're my friend, I'll list it for you at $895,000, but if it doesn't sell, we'll have to... blah blah blah."

Call me fussy, but since when is "friendship" a requirement for honesty in a real estate transaction? And since when do friends let friends overprice because they're friends?

Maybe I'm just punchy from lack of sleep...


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Chuck Rose

Ok folks coffee break is over, back to work, just kidding, I need your help on the following.

I moved from USA back to my home country of Canada after a short sale, as I am sure you all know very close to the deal closing in came the promisary note for 13k if we didnt sign the folks ready to move into our house would be out in the cold. I agreed to sign, we moved out of the country and signed over power of attorney, we just recived a letter asking us to sign the promisary note that this documnet could not be signed by power of attorney. I have a contract job for 3 months then I will be out of work again, the primary reason we had a short sale in the first place, I sent a letter back telling them I could not agree to pay on this until I have a full time job. My question is what can they do now that I have moved out of the country.


November 24, 2009 10:12 AM
Ann Cordes
Towne Adams, Realtors

Jennifer, I have watched several episodes of this sow since it started last year. She was a hot shot top producer who decided to open her own company. She is in Canada, I think. She has a very strong personality to put it mildly. And most of her clients are just like her.

I think a better way to put it is "Can I be direct with you?" Saying your going to be honest makes them think you are not. And hello, knocking $5,000 of is not enough for it to be considered priced right.

November 24, 2009 11:21 AM
Maureen Boyle

Tatiana has a huge ego and she makes the rest of us look bad. Although she does have cool hair : )

November 24, 2009 01:04 PM
Karol Yeager
REALTY FIVE of Defiance

Tatiana has a great name for a Real Estate office/business "The Property Shop" I wish I would have thought of it~ my sister always watches HGTV and she always says "do agents realy talk like that?" I try to believe the audiance knows this is a TV show not real life~  I have to admit she has a go getter personality...

November 29, 2009 10:57 PM
Brian Schulman
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
Coldwell Banker Select Professionals, Lancaster PA

Perhaps the better way to phrase it would be "if I'm going to be FRANK with you" rather than "if I'm going to be HONEST".

December 13, 2009 10:44 AM

Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn

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