"You're mocking me, aren't you?"

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Real Estate Agent with WEICHERT, REALTORS® Paupack Group RS301772

"You're mocking me, aren't you?"

Truly, that was one of my favorite scenes in Toy Story. Woody is most definitely mocking Buzz, making fun of his delusions about being a space ranger and not a toy.  I have used that line on my husband from time to time, though I lack the great delivery of Tim Allen...  

Mocking can be funny, or it can be hurtful...depending on the circumstances and the people involved.  When my husband mocks me, it is usually in response to something I said or did that was sorta dumb, and I am laughing at myself along with him. 

But what if I hired a professional REALTOR to help me sell my home, and instead of helping me, they sneered at me after our meeting, and made fun of my gaffes, made fun of my home...and then wrote a blog about it in a highly visible network of their peers? And then that blog gets "featured" by the network as a noteworthy piece to read....wow.  That's over the line, in my opinion.  

Then to add insult to injury, several other "professionals" jump on the bandwagon and mock me as well, even though they never met me, never understood anything about me...but there it is...sure my name was not mentioned, but in reading it, *I* know it's about me...and the authors know it's about me...and chances are everyone in the office knows it's about me...

Is that cool?  Is that professional behavior?  Even if I didn't know it was about me, if I was planning on calling on a REALTOR to help me sell my house, I sure as heck wouldn't call THESE people...what things would they find about my home or my personality to make fun of?

We are professionals.  We have a job to do, and that is to sell homes.  Not mock the people who bring us business.  

Ok, so their house wasn't updated.  So they were unrealistic about the price they wanted for their home.  

That's why they need a professional - to advise them.

Not mock them.  For shame.  Makes us look like a bunch of jerks.

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Faye Taylor
Faye Taylor

Toy Story is one of my favorite all time movies.  It is so clever and funny. 

But when I read your post, I actually thought it was not a true story but a point you were making.  Imagine in reading the comments it was an actual post.  You have to be kidding me. Someone is that unprofessional? 

February 21, 2012 02:37 PM
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Erica Ramus
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Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

Good point Karen. I love that scene and have quoted it to my husband as well! 

February 21, 2012 03:45 PM
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Karen Rice
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales
WEICHERT, REALTORS® Paupack Group

THANK YOU ALL so much for your wonderful comments! I will be back tomorrow to answer them in a more friendly manner - had a busy day today and am just overwhelmed. Thanks so much...

Yes, sadly, this was about a real post. Yes, the real post did not mention names nor did they use the actual pictures (but that was not revealed until in the comments).  This was not only a featured post but it was also in the emailed newsletter Daily Drip.  

I know the intent was to be funny.  The intent isn't as important, however...as the actual delivery...

February 21, 2012 07:41 PM
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Sandy Acevedo
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale
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I know what you mean, because I always question myself when thinking of a post that involves others. Can the agent or the homeowner ever think, 'is this me?' If they can, then I don't publish. it. Great post.

February 22, 2012 07:23 AM
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Rob Thomson

Thank you Karen! Too many times we see a post here or on some blogs that just belittle a client just because they don't know or fail to understand something. It is so wrong to do especially when are business has to do with the very people that are being mocked. They just go off complaining this and that, and it seems funny and good to get this off your chest at the time but, like a stone thrown in a lake, the ripple effect could be devastating. As is says in the bible, before you talk about the splinter in someone's eye, look at the log in yours. Thank you for bringing this point to light.

February 22, 2012 08:00 AM
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