I hate it when I break my own rules… Do as I say, not as I do

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Do as I say, not as I do… Remember when your mom used to say that to you? I do, and now I have to say that to a mentoree, as I’ve been caught doing something I told her never to do.

One thing I tell my mentorees never to do is to go out and show a buyer a home unless you have the pre-approval letter in hand and never show the buyer a home unless you have a signed buyer’s agency agreement in hand. These two things are very simple rules, but last weekend I broke those rules and I was caught red handed doing it.

I was out and about shopping for my sisters’ birthdays and I got a call from a buyer. I’ve never met this buyer. I didn’t know them at all. They said they were interested in a home that is now a short sale, but I was originally part of the sales team that sold the project two years ago.

They asked me if I could show it to them tonight since they knew it was vacant and I said “YES”. Yes? What was I thinking? I even thought that as I said it, but it was too late to take it back. Now, here I was breaking my first rule, showing this home to a person that I hadn’t met with prior at my office and didn’t even know their last name.

Then I went and did it again, broke rule number two. I didn’t find out if they were pre-approved or not. So, there I was… meeting a buyer at 6:30 on a Thursday night, at a vacant condo, with no idea who they are, or if they are even pre-approved. What was I thinking?

At least I remembered to ask if they were working with another agent or not. Boy, I guess this is why I shouldn’t answer the phone unless I have my scripts in front of me so I can remember to ask all the questions that I need to ask prior to showing them a single home.

Sorry, to my mentoree that caught me when she saw me at the store afterward. Just remember do as I say, not as I do.

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Todd Clark (broker w/ Ken's Home Team)
Keller Williams Realty
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Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

OK daddy, remember that our kids learn from watching what we do.  Shame, Shame, Shame!!

March 16, 2009 09:02 AM
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Todd Clark
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Barb - I'm certainly going to try. I've given them the number to three of my best mortgage brokers and have my fingers crossed.

Laura - Sometimes getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar isn't a bad thing as long as you come out with a hand full of cookies... NO COOKIE TODAY!

Susan - Family was in the car, so was a little less worried about that one. Plenty of witnesses.

Clark - The problem is I'm the one who teaches this stuff, then I broke the rules and got caught.

March 16, 2009 11:54 AM
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Tere - Thanks, I just wasn't thinking because I was so close to the house.

JoAnna - I haven't broken that rule in nearly 4 years, I don't know what made me do it this time.

Marvin - I had to be, I wasn't going to lie to my mentoree right to their face.

Don - SHHHH... They haven't figured it out yet that I'm not perfect.

March 16, 2009 05:21 PM
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Chris Olsen
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate
Olsen Ziegler Realty

Hi Todd -- I'm guilty as well, but the lucky thing is, I don't have mentors! :-)  If I did, I might self-police myself better.  I always try to do the right thing, but it's easy to not pay attention to details and consistency at the wrong moment.

March 17, 2009 08:20 AM
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Chris - I am the mentor that is the problem... They are looking up to me and here I am breaking my own rules... I had my meeting today and they all had a good laugh at my expense... I bought them lunch as a way to show them that even I'm human!

March 18, 2009 01:35 AM
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