DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR ME!

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

I was called by a news reporter this morning and immediately I said no! I do not want to answer questions! 

He said he got my name off Active Rain (and calling all the way to Hawaii mind you).  At least he wasn't one of those pushy obnoxious types.  He said he understood and we hung up. 

I am one to be cautious of what I say on AR due to being in the public eye. Now even more so with the 60 minutes piece that I did not even watch! But I did read the newpiece here: 60 Minutes and I do have my opinions and have commented.

There is one thing that was clear (to me) in that moment of answering my cell phone.

I did not trust the news before (unless I saw it with my own eyes) because I have watched the media "control" our market and I definitely am skeptical NOW!  Don't you folks notice that about the news and media?  The Real Estate market has taken a plunge!  It's going back up!  The interest rates are inching up!  The interest rates went down!

And now this!

I asked this morning......So tell me. Should I have "vented" to this newsman from the mainland?  I do believe even as respectable Real Estate Industry Professionals our laws and structure differ from state to state and office to office.

Update:  Now I know that I did the right thing!  NAR went about it the right way. Well thought out and "structured: response.  Above all, respectfully giving "our" side of the story...which was blatantly disregarded when NAR had conferred with them previously throughout the prior months in preparation to be aired with NAR's side of the story.  Hmmmm.

 

Look in the comment section below at Mike's comment...he was right!  Following is the link to NAR Responds to 60 Minutes' May 13, 2007 Segment.

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Rainer
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Kitty Hawk, NC
Never talk to the press. There is no way you can know what their motive is.
May 14, 2007 01:16 PM #16
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Steph: Yup...my thoughts exactly

Lysa: No kidding!  And I'm still sitting her stumped as to why I was called....maybe he thought I was naive?

Matt:  Yeah.....not the way I wanted.

Greg: Too bad....huh? The only time I have talked to news is for a piece they did on our market back in 2005.

May 14, 2007 01:28 PM #17
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Pete C
TBA - Kailua, HI
Hawaii Mortgage Loan and Refinance

Sally - Thanks for sharing.  No, you should not "vent", they will probably document and report it!  

Saving $$ is always attractive, but I know the service is compromised.  My manager once asked me to sit an open-house for a flat-fee Realtor.  I literally sat FOR them, as I was by myself.   I had to pick up/return the open house signs to their office.  And I am a LENDER so I didn't feel right answering any questions about the home.  I did pick up a client from the open, but it hasn't gotten anywhere yet...

Have you folks been affected by these "e-Realtors" and flat-rate Realtors?

May 14, 2007 01:53 PM #18
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Klaus Nicholson

No, comment is the right approach.  It simply leaves nothing else to talk about.  Any comment you made could have been taken and printed out of context.  I feel that it is wasted effort to knock the other guy no matter what his or her business model happens to be.  I also think all the links back to the broadcast and the companies involved are not doing us any good either. Let it die, it will be over in a day or two. 

Rich you wrote a great letter, don't hold your breath while waiting on your phone call.

REaltor, Columbus Ga

May 14, 2007 02:46 PM #19
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Pete:  I have seen situations such as this before as well....there's a lot who hold their COE close to their minds and hearts.....and then there are some who don't. Personally, I would have NOT done the Open.

Klaus: I do stand up for me and what I do as a seriously good agent who abides by the Code of Ethics...not because they are there....but for me and thinking of my client's best interests...as well as being able to go to sleep at night. Did you forget to log in?

May 14, 2007 03:26 PM #20
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Neal Bloom
Keller Williams Properties, Weston FL - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Funny..where did the reporter say he was calling from?

How did you leave it with them? I took a little flack on my post DID REDFIN SHOW UP OR DID THEY CONDUCT THE INTERVIEW FROM THEIR COMPUTER?..but that's ok I believe my services are much more valuable and if someone does not agree then let them do business elsewhere.

May 14, 2007 05:40 PM #21
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Oakland, California...still got his number...weird...

Leave it with him?  I didn't say a word...nor did I want to...will go read yours...but you know me Neal...I hate conflict!  Just be proud of who you are and what you do!

May 14, 2007 06:13 PM #22
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Neal Bloom
Keller Williams Properties, Weston FL - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
Ah...I  think this ran its course.
May 14, 2007 08:30 PM #23
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And so the story goes...we can all give our personal opinions to CBS as NAR suggests....but bottom line...I think I will just continue what I do best....thinking in the best interests of my client's!
May 14, 2007 08:36 PM #24
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

I don't even have the stomach to watch the news. It has turned me off for years and I don't believe a word they say. BTW, I found this and thought of you 

hula smiley

It's actually animated on my computer, but it won't upload that way :( 

May 14, 2007 11:24 PM #25
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Thesa Chambers
Alpine Real Estate - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
Sally - I would have done the same thing you did - I would not have responded - they obviously have their opinion and do not place the value in our services that we do.
May 14, 2007 11:36 PM #26
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Lisa:  You gotta upload to your website (gotta make a new file) and then you can download to AR.  For animations gotta do it differently...Ray Saenz taught me how...he did a post on that so go check it out. And thank you!  Email it to me! Use contact form and then I'll email you back....
May 14, 2007 11:52 PM #27
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Thesa:  Yup....I think I'm kinda burnt on the subject...how about you? Just gotta do what we do best....and maybe...sooner or later the weeding out will get the ones out who give our profession a bad name!
May 14, 2007 11:53 PM #28
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
I would have talked to him if he called.  As long as he promised to spell my name right, I wouldn't mind.
May 15, 2007 12:40 AM #29
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Paul Anyanwu
RE/MAX LLEWELLYN REALTORS - West Orange, NJ
CRS, SFR, Broker-Salesperson, Sales West Orange,NJ
Sally i agree with you it is a matter of time they will disappear from the real estate profession.
May 15, 2007 08:28 AM #30
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Randy: You too are brave like BB....I'll pass....I don't have quick come backs like you guys ....and I tend to get emotional.

Paul: Yup!

May 15, 2007 11:04 AM #31
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Trevella Williams
Aloha Coast Realty, LLC - Hilo, HI
Realtor, Salesperson, ABR SFR

<b>Sally~</b> Yes you did do the right thing, i expect it was challenging to bite your tongue though! Sometimes you just want to give those bullys a couple good cracks (verbally), but thats what they want...and they will manipulate you and everything you say to appear as negative and twisted as possible!

I really appreciate you posting NAR's response to the 60 minutes situation...that kind of info really needs to get around. Mahalo~

May 21, 2007 05:08 AM #32
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Trevella:  I believe that the "news" always has their own way or reporting....it's up to the people if they want to delve deeper for the truth!~
May 21, 2007 11:10 AM #33
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Trevella Williams
Aloha Coast Realty, LLC - Hilo, HI
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Very true Sally, but sadly enough most of us don't look any deeper (who has the time?), and you can educate people only so much (then they stone you and run you out of town...) Have a great MONDAY!

 

 

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May 21, 2007 03:36 PM #34
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I'm having a hectic monday...but thanks for dropping by again..hmm...strawberries...with plenty of whipped creammm.....
May 21, 2007 07:27 PM #35
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