I'm in the back of my office working away on plans for 2010. Marketing tweaking, video watching, article reading (absorbing a la the sponge) and anything else I can think of to be more productive and, overall, better for myself and clients in the coming year.
In walks an agent from a nearby office in a nearby town to pick up an offer from one of our agents (not me *sad face*). Our office is not huge, so as I work, I can hear every word they're blabbing about. I'm trying my darndest to not pay attention when a particular rant about "cutting commission" came up.
Do I listen? I don't need to know her thoughts. I. Just. Can't. Help. Myself.......
This agent will not cut his/her commission because, and I quote (hence the quotation marks), "I don't ask them to give up half their paycheck." Fair enough. You win. I'm in your boat lady (or man).
But then I fall out of it. And I'm a poor swimmer apparently. Rational wisdom is followed by this: "And some of them want me to upgrade and have all 9 pictures from the MLS on Realtor.com. I'm not doing that. 4 is enough. I'm not spending $1,400 a year on upgrading Realtor.com. You know who's going to sell this house? The MLS. Some local REALTOR with an interested buyer will sell it."
I'm thinking to myself, That's a heck of a marketing presentation! I won't cut my commission, but I'll be damned if I give you any more marketing than the worst discount brokerages. This isn't about commission, I don't care.I charge what I charge to do this work and everyone's happy in the end that works with me. Some don't want to pay that and work with other agents to varying degrees of happiness and success. This is about service.
If every one of this agent's clients heard him/her talk like this....approval rating would surely plummet, just like I did falling out of his/her boat. Someone throw me a life preserver.
One great thing came out of this though......I have a great lead-in to begin blogging on 'the rain again and a mantra for 2010. Someone else will do the WORK if I don't.