Come to Alaska, but don't BS!

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Southeast Alaska Real Estate

Recently I read another blog on Active Rain that inspired this post.  Scott Daniels in Florida wrote http://activerain.com/blogsview/301871/Sorry-we-re-Realtors .  In his blog, he wrote about the "clients" who call REALTORS° thinking it's an easy way to get a free tour of a place they visit.

Being in Juneau, Alaska, I've got an idea of what he's talking about.  Juneau is only about 30,000 people, yet we get over one million visitors over the summer.  The majority of these visitors come by cruise ship.  We will have as many as five LARGE cruise ships in our port in a single day.  It's a little overwhelming, and I really don't go downtown often during the summer, at least not unless I have to.

The "Buyer off the Ship" (BS) is a standing joke.  We get daily calls like this.  Sometimes, knowing the odds, the visitor will try to set things up ahead of time.  The biggest mistake they make is contacting several potential "chauffeurs" - like we never talk to each other.  Sorry folks, we do.  Most of these attempts are made to brokers, and female licensees.  Go figure.

Most obnoxious, believe it or not, are the BS who happen to hold a real estate license in another state.  For some reason, they believe that if they meet up with an agent here, exchange cards and have a cup of coffee or do lunch, somehow their cruise is now a tax write off!  Of course, being BS, they also think the Alaska agent is going to pay the tab!

Now don't think I don't enjoy our visitors, because I do.  My father in law and my husband operate a fishing charter business.  We are very fortunate to have this additional income during the summer months, and my husband truly enjoys meeting people that like to fish.  My older son works as a guide on a raft tour from the Mendenhall Glacier down through the valley, and the wages and tips he makes really make a difference while he's away at college. 

If you are an agent from another state that is coming to visit Alaska, by all means, feel free to contact me and I'll give you the "inside scoop" to help make your trip as enjoyable as possible.  I'll tell you which restaurants to go to (or not) and let you know which excursions are the best.  But honestly, I'm too busy selling Alaska real estate to "do lunch".  Just don't be BS.

To learn more about real estate in Southeast Alaska, visit my website at http://www.isellalaska.com .

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Debbie White, Broker

Prudential Southeast Alaska Real Estate

8465 Old Dairy Road #101

Juneau, AK 99801

907-723-9886 (Cell)

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Steve Glose
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Alaska is on my list of places to see. Your photos are beautiful.
Dec 10, 2007 12:17 PM #1
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Chris Fisher
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wow, i've never heard of such a thing.  Guess I'm lucky not to live in a place where we get a lot of tourists!  What an odd thing for people to do! 
Dec 10, 2007 12:20 PM #2
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Chelle Gassan
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I read both your blogs and can't believe the gall of the BS, but even more so, I can't believe the gall of fellow agents taking advantage of you while on their vacation.
Dec 10, 2007 12:23 PM #3
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Debbie White
Prudential Southeast Alaska Real Estate - Juneau, AK
Steve - Thank you.  I hope you mean the photos on other posts, because these were pretty lame :)

Chris - You would be surprised.  Last summer a traveling agent took a taxi 10 miles to our office to exchange cards with my broker!

Chelle - When it's the public I guess you cannot blame them for trying, but the agents pulling that one really takes the cake!  There's usually only a few of those each summer.
Dec 10, 2007 01:36 PM #4
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Roberta LaRocca
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Debbie, Funny story!  I know it gets crazy there in the summer with tourists.  My stepson, who is a helicopter pilot,  worked there this past summer flying the tours for Temsco.  He said it is beautiful there but it was a hectic summer for him! 
Dec 11, 2007 12:47 AM #5
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Debbie White
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Roberta - I'm sure it was!  We hardly had summer.  My son works for the river rafting folks as a guide.  Long hours, but really good tips.
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