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The Dark Side of Being a Realtor, Can a Buyer Sympathize?

A young Realtor received a call on February 2nd (in BC, Canada) about a buyer anxious to see a million dollar listing, they just had to see it that evening as it sounded like the perfect home.   Of course the young realtor was all excited but a little nervous at the same time as she was expected to meet the buyer (stranger) directly at the house.  She went as the call sounded geniune.

Unfortunately a few hours later the realtor was found in the home ... and I can't even bring myself to finish the sentence.

This is not the first time I have come across a story like this.   A local female realtor was brutally attacked by knife point at a showing of a vacant home, another had to call the police to help restrain a hostile buyer at an open house.  He didn't like the Sellers Price!   But these two realtors were more lucky, they can live to talk about it.   Unfortunately there are many other horror stories that simply don't get published.  Realtors traditionally don't get a lot of sympathy so we quietly avoid talking about the sad days.

In the "internet" world, buyers can find a lot of information about a home, and in many cases if its vacant.   They can also view realtor photos on-line and a fair bit of bio information.   In this business, sales representatives open themselves up to meeting strangers everyday.  But are things going to have to change with the times?

Is it time to insist clients meet in the office and then visit a home together?  At least the receptionists can obtain a plate number.  Our real estate board even issued a bulletin suggesting we getting ID.  

Here's the problem ... as a casual buyer are you willing to show us your identification.   Are you willing to meet us in the office, when it's more convenient to meet us outside a vacant home at 7:00 p.m. at night?

Perhaps buyers can help by interviewing realtors more thoroughly over the phone ... if it doesn't sound like the type of realtor you want to work with, don't bother, find another.  But when you do find one you are comfortable with, meet in the office and review the latest listings from the Board mls system.  We all know the realtor mls system has more current data, which in the end wastes less of your time driving around with one agent here, another there, and the disappointment of finding out the dream listing you saw on the web has long been sold.

Will it take a few more published incidents to gain buyers sympathy .. or are "some" realtors going to continue playing Russian Roulette?  





Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 1:57 AM by Sutton Realty


unknown said:

pretty scary stuff.  I would never had thought I would have to worry about this type of issue as a realtor.

# February 6, 2008 5:03 PM
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