You Really Don't Want To Be One Of "Those" Agents, Do You?

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

Most of my listings are pretty easy to show.  Normally the showing instructions say "Call first, leave a message, and then show."  But like a lot of us, once in a while I get one with access issues.  

 This time it's called doggy and alarm system.  When the owner isn't home, I have to meet agents.  And I try to make it as easy as possible to show, even on pretty short notice.

Whenever I've shown houses that involved meeting agents, I made it clear to my buyers that we had to get there on time.  If it's one of those situations where I know the buyers are always late or we're going from the train station or airport to the house, I will suggest that I call the agent twenty minutes or so out.  

Usually, the houses with access complications are the big, expensive ones.   And I don't want to get a reputation, especially wtih the mansion market agents, for being a flake who shows up late. 

And I think almost all the agents I know are really considerate, whatever side of the transaction they may be on.  So, the other day, I was surprised when a colleague stood me up at a listing, following two conversations - one to set up the appointment and then he called back to reconfirm.  Then he no-showed with no call or anything!   

So I guess it's just about being polite - about doing what you say you will do (in this case showing up) or calling to try to rearrange things.  

So, while I won't badmouth the no-show agent to my colleagues, but I'm Irish!  I never forget stuff like this, and I've made a judgement that this agent is a flake!

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Yoana Toth
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Patty,

You just reminded me of the list of two to three agents that had made appointments with me and never showed up. I have their names and phone numbers saved on my phone. Of course, their names followed by never showed up for_____. This will be a reminder for me next time they call to show one of my listings.

At this point, I don't even know what I would say. I would love to say, please call me when you are there waiting for me.

May 07, 2008 07:51 AM
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Stacy Magid
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Sometimes plans change but when another agent or homeowner is inconvenienced a courtesy call is expected.
May 07, 2008 08:13 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.

Katerina, here it's the other way around.  Houses with smaller price tags seem to have much easier showing instructions.

Thesa, I try to make my buyers go in anyway, even if just for a couple of minutes.

Marchel, in this day of cell phones, there is no excuse.

Karen, dandrfuff flake!  I like that!

Yoana, I do that with the phone numbers of the guys who telemarket leads!

And Stacy, that's why God invented cell phones!

 

May 07, 2008 08:20 PM
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There may be thousands of agents in the Metro area -  but it doesnt take long for the flakes to get remembered.

May 10, 2008 10:04 PM
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Pat - unfortunately some people do those things and then can't even call later to apologize -

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Pat Kennedy -- author of The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate -- gives you a look at life on the streets as a real estate broker in our nation's capital. And her blog is peppered with great advice combined with humor!