Do I look Fat In These Pants?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP

"Do I look fat in these pants?"

"No dear, your backside isn't the size of a Buick LeSabre and the fact that you're wearing white won't accentuate your ripples and bulging thunder thighs and hippo hips. Not at all cupcake."


That's never going to happen, is it? The boyfriend or husband is almost always going to try and be polite.


What is showing feedback? When I get through showing a house I typically get an automated email asking for my "honest" feedback. I usually provide just that. My honest feedback. I'm not trying to make friends, hook-up for a date or kiss my wife's rear end. I'm actually trying to HELP the listing agent and seller. I want every  home in my market to sell. The more homes that sell, the happier I am. Business trickles around.

What bothers me is when sellers or Listing Agents get upset about my candid feedback. I might suggest that he home is overpriced. And I'll usually type it like this: "Home is overpriced for it's current condition, the carpet is filled with dog hair and fence is falling apart." That might sound stern, but it's factual information. The price comment is subjective, but it's me and my buyer's opinion. If you ask for opinions you should expect to hear all sorts of comments that you may not agree with.

There is no reason to become defensive, combative or dramatic because a showing agent tells it like it is.


If your house is gross, be prepared to be reminded about it.

If your house smells funky from cooking, be prepared to be told about it.

If your lawn looks like a jungle, expect negative comments.

If your house has loose pets, expect agents to either not show it or complain about it.

If your overzealous Seller is all in the way asking questions, expect the Buyer's Agent to be quick to point it out. 


Polite feedback doesn't help anyone.  Well, maybe with your spouse it does.


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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
Available @ 832-298-8555 

RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)




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Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California


We don't have showing service so we don't get those automatic feedback requests.  I do, however, try to give the listing agent some feedback about what my clients tell me.  But I do try to sugarcoat it.

August 08, 2012 02:20 PM
Bob Miller
The Ruiz/Miller Team - Ocala's Dream Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty

Hi Greg, we would welcome your frank feedback.  It then makes it easier for us as messenger deliverers to tell the sellers what they did not want to hear from us.

August 09, 2012 02:58 AM
Brian Kuhns
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber

    I guess I'm glad to know this doesn't just happen to me.....or not. If a house doesn't sell on the first showing...expect feedback and take it to heart if it is honest factual feedback, it might just get your house sold right?

August 10, 2012 06:38 AM
Jamie King
Sandusky, OH
Hoty Enterprises, Inc.

Greg, you struck a nerve with me. Can't tell you how many times, I've been asked by a listing agent, "Please let me know how the showing goes", but when I do they get defensive about what I say. Once I had an agent argue extensively with me in 3 different emails, attacking me personally over things the BUYERS said. She actually said "when were you appointed head of the pricing police". Do you think I'll ever bother to give feedback for her sellers again?

August 11, 2012 05:53 AM
Gary Kent
Gary Kent Team - Keller Williams Realty

Great post! However, I have been using and automated email software for showing feedback and I find that I get a small percentage of agents respond to them. The emails probably get lost in the hoards of emails Realtors get in a day. I am just wondering if anyone has actually used an actual comment box at the property and if it was successful. I appreciate any input you may have.

October 22, 2012 11:22 AM

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