How To Be The World's Most Annoying Real Estate Agent

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

Now, many of you will recognize a colleague or two in this post.  But will you recognize yourself?  I actually inspired a couple of these, though I won't say which ones!  So, here goes:

Drive a really expensive car with only two seats, and make your clients drive their Honda when you go out house hunting.   Not me.  But someone I know. It's a fabulous vehicle.  He should get a second car that will hold at least two passengers.

Drive like a lunatic so they would rather drive their car or do just about anything else rather than get into any car when their agent is behind the wheel.  There was a top producing agent in the DC area who was notorious.  She never had an accident, but I had a near death experience the one time I sat in the suicide seat in her Mercedes.

Misplace their earnest money check.  I almost did this today, and I spend an hour in complete panic mode - it was a huge check and good grief!  If I was careless enough to lose a huge check, what else will they expect me to screw up.  I found it, and my newly organized desk did make things easier.

Have a Car Office that looks like my home office did before I morphed into a neat desk freak.  I've seen agents' cars strewn with papers (including clients' financial information sheets), food that was turning into a cure for the next plague, even (God forbid) cigarette butts.  Don't smoke in your real estate car, folks!

Smell like smoke or strong perfume.  Smokers, even fastidious smokers, can get pretty stinky.  But too much of a good smell can be just as bad.  I've had a few clients who had allergies to perfume so I never wear it while working.

Clear out your messy car, stuff everything into your trunk so the car looks spotless, and then have a flat tire.  Of course, all of the junk has to come out of the trunk so you can get to the spare tire.  That happened to me once, and it was pretty humiliating. 

Show up late for appointments.  This is even more annoying if the agent gets huffy when clients are even a couple of minutes late.

Try to regale clients with funny real estate stories.  Don't do this.  Instead, let them talk!  Listen to what they say!  Feed it back to them to be sure you're hearing it right, and then it will make your job a lot easier! If you want to tell funny stories about your real estate practice, write a book!

Between the time you write the offer and the date of settlement, bad mouth the agent on the other side of the deal.  No, no!  This person is your new best friend, at least as far as your client is concerned.  I don't care if he or she is the village idiot and a sleezer to boot!  If that's the case, your job is to shield your clients from them.

Tell lies.  First, you'll probably get caught.  But even if you don't, keeping your stories straight will increase your stress level.  This even applies to little white lies.  Getting caught in a white lie will destroy your credibility with clients and colleagues.  

This is not intended to be a complete list.  You're welcome to suggest any additions! 

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Melanie Ross
Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific - Benicia, CA
Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828
I loved your thoughts!  Personally I would rather drive myself, however, I found that it is a time to "bond" with your clients as long as you do not drive too wild.  I have been guilty of that one, but not all the time!
Nov 15, 2007 07:49 PM #35
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Very funny!...thanks!...

Nov 16, 2007 02:15 PM #36
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Julianna Hind
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Patricia, good points, all of them, and one should never drive like a lunatic, clinets on board or not, you never know whose behind you!

Nov 16, 2007 08:36 PM #37
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Gaylen Thornton
Desert Heritage Real Estate - Surprise, AZ
Great list and so true. There are so many more to add that it would take pages.
Nov 17, 2007 09:16 AM #38
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Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Tucson, AZ
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Great post, one time I had one of kids Soccer practice and we forgot to take his smelly outfit out of the back of the SUV. Drove around for hours trying to figure out the smell!!!

Anne

Nov 17, 2007 09:20 AM #39
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Norma Toering
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA

One of my luxury home buyers drove past my office, saw my car, turned around and came in.  He wanted to see a new listing then and there!   Yikes, the backseat of my car was pilled high with dry cleaning, a pair of shoes that needed repair and other Monday morning errands still waiting to be completed. 

Lesson Learned:  When I arrive at the office my car is in "Show Condition."  It is clean, clear and client ready!

Nov 17, 2007 09:34 AM #40
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Heather Elias
National Association of Realtors - Purcellville, VA

Thanks for the laugh! I just helped a couple buy their first home, and they told me a story of the Realtor that had helped them find their last rental: she drove soo much like a maniac, that she took a u-turn on a divided highway ~~~ across the median. (straight through the grass, in a sedan) She also took them the wrong way down a one way street. Too funny!!

Cheers,

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Nov 19, 2007 08:36 AM #41
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Patricia:  I especially like agents who make an ugly gesture or drive like an idiot with their magnetic sign plastered all over their vehicle.  Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it!?!  Your post holds a lot of truths unfortunatley.
Nov 19, 2007 09:56 AM #42
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Jacqueline Fortier
JC Penny Realty - Davenport, FL
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What a great post. Unfortunately I am on that list!

*sneaks outside to clean up the car*

I loved all the comments, keep em coming!

Nov 19, 2007 09:03 PM #43
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Emily Lowe
The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty - Nashville, TN
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Hilarious!  I am kind of embarrassed to say that I may fall into one or two of those categories!!!  :0|
Nov 20, 2007 09:50 AM #44
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Pam Graham
All Real Estate Options - Jacksonville, FL
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One time while showing a house to a client,while they were riding with me, I decided to run over a culvert and it sliced my tire! Luckily, the client had triple a, so they came and put my spare on for free. How embarrassing!
Nov 20, 2007 01:42 PM #45
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Nathan Cook
BCR (Brazosland Classic Realty) - College Station, TX
Good points, Patricia!  You are right about the smoke ones!  For non-smokers (who do not have smoking relatives) those odors are very noticeable, including the perfume cover-up attempts.
Nov 20, 2007 03:46 PM #47
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Krista Fuchs
Prudential Fox & Roach - Exton, PA
Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling
The car thing is always hard for me.  I have 3 kids under 5 so the day before I need it I just get a big trash bag and clean out the car but it doesn't matter...the client always finds a french fry or gummie bear somewhere!
Nov 20, 2007 10:52 PM #48
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Patricia, Great blog. I need to clean my car.
Nov 22, 2007 04:40 AM #49
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Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
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Patrica all very true statements I ahve been guilty of piling things in the trunk in times past. Luckily I never got a flat. Your Orlando & Lake Mary Real Estate Expert, Heather Joubran
Nov 23, 2007 09:32 AM #50
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Patricia, You're a hoot! Thanks for the giggles. I won't admit that I saw myself in one or two of those places. Not always but...hum. I could probably add a couple but I won't. So there. Deb
Nov 23, 2007 09:38 PM #51
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Bill Westel
Eco-Steward Realty - Asheville, NC
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Patricia:

I drive a Toyota Highlander with no trunk. Need 4wd in the mountains. So this forces me to keep it clean with no trunk as a back up.

Nov 24, 2007 10:48 PM #52
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Darleen McCullen
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Patricia ~ So many of us have a lot of work to do. This is a great list. I think my biggest pet peeve is the "smelly agent". I wrote a blog about this recently. Urgh! Sometimes, I think the people don't know how terrible they smell to others.
Nov 25, 2007 11:17 AM #53
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Patricia,  The one that blows my mind are agents who have political bumper stickers on their car - that has the potential of alienating a substantial number of clients, Karen
Nov 25, 2007 05:31 PM #54
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Pat Emmett
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How about agents who take phone calls from other customers while driving and while showing homes?  Isn't the customer in your presence the most important person of the moment?  Pat
Nov 25, 2007 07:32 PM #55
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