Why Are You Listing With HER And Not ME?

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I'm noticing a trend in Realtors who farm an area heavily, and I'm wondering if anyone else has had this experience.I've encountered it for the third time this past year, and I don't know whether to laugh or get mad.

In the last year, 3 of the short sales I have listed (in completely different areas) were in neighborhoods that 3 different Realtors farm. With each of these listings, the Realtor has either cornered my Sellers while they were showing the house, or even contacted me directly, demanding to know why the Seller listed with me instead of them. This may not be the best approach since you're attacking the Sellers and their decision making abilities, and how exactly should that question be answered? It doesn't so much bother me when they ask why they listed with me, but in the manner in which they ask.

My Sellers have handled it beautifully (ranging from just laughing it off to defending their decisions to the farming Realtor), but should they have to? What do you think? I'd love to hear especially from Realtors who do heavily farm a particular area.

 

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Lou Ludwig
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Patty

It's very unprofessional and potentonially Code of Ethics violation.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

October 02, 2012 07:12 PM
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Tom Kelley
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I heard an interesting comment the other day as we drove through an area where 2 agents have the vast majority of listings.  The buyer I was with looked at me and said, "I always see their signs here. Sure doesn't look like they market them well if they're still sitting on the market." 

A thoroughly farmed area does not mean a bountiful harvest. Aloha!

October 03, 2012 03:25 AM
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Roy Kelley
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Receiving a call from an agent that feels like they are owed the business is validation of the decision not to use them.

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October 03, 2012 11:13 AM
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Kristin Hamilton
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Hi Patty,

Just recently I have had this happen too. I received a frantic call from my sellers saying an unknown agent called her and stopped by knocking on the door and wanted to know why she listed with someone other than herself. What a horrible thing to do to a seller!

Once there was two agents farming in a particular area and from the same brokerage. Then the seller called me and said he had seen my signs and advertising and a friend recommended me. So what I found out later, he interviewed me third and called several days later and said I had gotten the listing. I did not know who the other two agents were at the time.

One of the other agents had a big truck and reved her engine and drove up and down the street for weeks scaring these people. I discussed it with my broker but he thought it was funny so I did not get much support there. The other agent said "Good job Kristin...and good luck". I did not want to start a war in my office so since this rude agent never approached them physically, I just let it go. I sold the house and they moved on. All worked out OK but it was a bad situation for my sellers.

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Jane, I understand, but these sellers have had absolutely no relationship with the farming agents. They’re complete strangers, and the agents just wanted to know why they chose me instead of someone else off a bench ad or flyer.

Kathy, oh I absolutely agree that it’s fair to ask if you have a relationship, but what if you don’t?

Lou, unprofessional indeed. Not the question itself, but the manner in which it was asked.

Tom, such a great point. Aloha!

Roy, I completely agree! I hope you have a great week too and thanks for the flower!

Kristin, can you imagine the surprise to the seller? I mean, how do you react to that when it’s suddenly thrown at you? Besides the fact that, again, they’re insulting their decision making!

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