I turned down another listing today, but I got two more buyers because of it

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

photo courtesy of undyThe quote was, "ALL REAL ESTATE AGENT'S ARE GREEDY BASTARDS AND THEY WILL TELL YOU ANYTHING TO GET YOU TO LIST YOUR HOME TODAY, MARK MY WORDS!" Well my past client told their friend, not my agent, he will tell me the truth. He will break it down, the pluses and minuses, and I trust him. Come over and meet him and you will see.

So without my knowledge of this potential buyer being at the listing presentation, I arrive and meet the potential seller and we all sit down and discuss the home and what they should do with it. Should they stay or should they go?

Normally, I would have broken it down to the pluses and minuses, but I had a good relationship with this couple, heck I was invited to their wedding. So, I laid it on the line...I said, "I know you want a bigger home. I know this home needs some work, but if you put this on the market you not only will have to come out of pocket to sell it, but you won't have enough money afterward to buy anything else for more than a year. Stay here, work on the home a little. Save some money and hopefully the home will go up in value in the next year and then you can buy something bigger. I just can't see you losing so much money for something that YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO!"

They looked at their friends and said, "TOLD YOU!" That is when I asked, "What was that about?" They told me the story of what he had said and that he didn't think there was an agent out there that was ethical and would do what was right for their client. I impressed this guy and now we have him pre-approved and we looked at two houses today and then he told his friend at work about me and we start looking next week..

I know my first principle broker would have said, "LIST, LIST, LIST, no matter what!" But, there is a reason I'm no longer with that principle broker. Sometimes you have to do what is right for the client, not what is right for you. And sometimes, it pays you back for making that decision.

Todd Clark - broker
Kastings & Associates
Phone: (503)524-9494
Fax: (503)622-8739

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Todd Clark (broker w/ Ken's Home Team)
Keller Williams Realty
Phone: (503)524-9494
Fax: (503)746-9573




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Comments 53 New Comment

Sonya Loose
Wixom Lake, Secord Lake, Sugar Springs and Smallwo
Gladwin MI Real Estate (Homewaters Real Estate)

Todd, that was a nice post and what I find interesting is that you did the right thing and in todays world that is so unexpected...strange isn't it?  Keep up the great work!

December 02, 2008 08:10 PM
Mary Strang
Real Estate

Todd, Loved the photo, it woke me up first thing this morning with a chuckle and a smile. You were tested and past, sad that not all can admit that!

December 03, 2008 08:15 AM
Jody Jones
Elkhart County Real Estate Agent

Todd, Anyone who is not afraid to post a photo of themselves like that is obviously NOT going to be pulling the wool over any clients eyes either...HAHA, thanks for the giggle! Keep on doing the right thing!

December 03, 2008 03:19 PM
Richard Stabile
Bergen County New Homes Builder Realtor
REMAX real estate associates

The truth of market reality and issues that people face are all you can trade on. Anything else is just a hoaxes.


December 03, 2008 10:13 PM
Mike Henderson
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848
Your complete source for buying HUD homes

Inspiration.  Wow doing the right thing and karma is making it pay off.  Plus if you do the right thing you can sleep better.

December 16, 2008 01:33 PM

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