What can 1.5 agents do in 3 weeks that one agent cannot do in 3 months

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Real Estate Agent with Dave Woodson

 

So what can 1.5 agents do in 3 weeks that one agent cannot do in 3 months?

A few weeks ago, I met my parents, another couple and his sister for lunch.  I'll be honest.  I did not want to go. While Hacienda is not a bad place to eat, it is just not my favorite place to eat.

However, that day was a great day to go.  As some of you know, I've been a mortgage professional, but in the last few years I decided to get my real estate license.  I never really intended to list or sell.  I have a new business plan, but more on that later.  So, as I ate lunch with my parents and our friends the topic flipped over to real estate.

I saw eyes roll all around the table, and soon my opinion was asked about "Agent X" (her identity is being concealed to protect her arrogance, ignorance and laziness) here in Michigan City. I expressed my opinion about "Agent X" very carefully as to not upset the apple cart. (if there was one)

Well, that is when the floodgates of despair and anger opened up.  Our friend's sister has been "working" with "Agent X" for 3 months to buy a home.  Yes, to buy a home; not sell her home.  Oh, did I mention she was a cash buyer.  Let me repeat that for those that are hard of sight.  She was a cash buyer.

So, I will admit that I went in CYB mode (cover your butt), and I asked all the pertinent questions.
  • Did you sign anything with "Agent X"?
  • Has she shown you any homes?
  • Are you really a cash buyer?
  • Are you sure you never signed anything with "Agent X"?
  • Do you want me to help you?
We talked over the next half-hour, I explained to them why I could not be her real estate agent and helpr her find a home in Michigan City, and why I would have someone call her that day or the next to show her homes.  I took some notes while talking with her to find out what she was looking for in a home, her price range and how soon she wanted to move. As she has been living in a trailer next to her brothers house for 3 months while she waited for "Agent X".

So, what can 1.5 agents do in 3 weeks that 1 agent cannot do in 3 months?  

Work together to find a woman in need of a new home.  

You see, she closed on her new home today. She is a happy homeowner once again.

What has it done for me outside of a referral fee?  Well, hold onto your seats, that is coming soon.


 

Dave Woodson
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Vickie Nagy
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932 - San Ramon, CA
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton

Dave, some agents just aren't meant to be buyer's agents (and some aren't meant to be seller's agents).

Jul 19, 2011 01:02 PM #1
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Marco Giancola
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Dave-I have to agree with Vickie and sometimes personalities don't click. Why didn't your sister ask you in the first place?

Jul 19, 2011 01:08 PM #2
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Dave Woodson
Dave Woodson - Chesterton, IN
Not the Average Agent

I would agree, but do not tell someone that you will find them a home and never return their calls or even lift a finger to help

 

Dave 

Jul 19, 2011 01:08 PM #3
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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL

It is good to see your Sister was able to find the home she wanted maybe you asked her some questions the other Realtor didn't.

Jul 19, 2011 01:11 PM #4
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Dave Woodson
Dave Woodson - Chesterton, IN
Not the Average Agent

Marco & Pat

 

She was my parents friends sister, and I am an agent in referral. Since, I had no intention of listing or selling. I never told many that I had my license in the first place. 

 

Dave

Jul 19, 2011 01:56 PM #5
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Steve Dalton
219-465-8352 - Valparaiso, IN
Northwest Indiana Home Builder

Far too many agents waiting for someone else to make a deal for them Dave.  They got lazy and fat during the glory days of 200-2005 and let the new agents do all the work while they piled up commissions.  It's a new world now, one where the aggressive will most likely drive the others out of the real estate business. 

 

Love to see a post on your thoughts about MLS in general, anti-competitive, monopolistic and ready for a google/facebook disruption soon?   I think so.  

 

Steve Dalton

Technology for Disruptive Business Models

Jul 24, 2011 12:51 PM #6
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Dave Woodson
Dave Woodson - Chesterton, IN
Not the Average Agent

Steve, I think there are some great things coming and that a lot of agents will be caught with their pants down. You are the old days of the large offices controlling the "ari waves" are dying on the vine. I am exicted about what I have coming very soon ..

 

Dave

Jul 24, 2011 11:05 PM #7
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Michael Rodriguez

Dave, Great message -team work will always get it done.  It is when people get lazy or complacent that needs/expectations aren't met.  I struggle with that everyday in Las Vegas.

Jul 25, 2011 12:48 AM #8
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