Too many people are getting into the real estate industry- way too many. In my 13 years in the business there have always been too many, but today it’s out of control and we need to do something about it.
Too many agents means too many crappy agents, and too many people who get into the business, do a lousy job trying to sell one house, get out of the business and leave the sellers with a bad taste for Realtors in general.
And with too many people there are too many people making bad promises, cheating for business, and doing stupid things to get business.
This is a self-policing industry and we need to weed out the bad agents. This includes agents who:
Lie to people about the services they provide
Lie to people about how much their home is worth to get a listing
Do not answer their phones
Do not return phone calls
Have “Price it right and put it on the MLS” as their marketing plan
Have MLS remarks that say, “Do not call agent- fax offers to_ _ _” or any variation thereof
Slander other agents trying to get a listing
Do not fully explain agency and what it means to the client
Think that abrogation means your clients aren’t your concern after closing
Instruct their buyers to drive around looking at homes and call listing agents and then let them know when they’ve found something they want to see, expecting to just get paid a full fee.
Use agency agreements as a ball-and-chain with their clients- doing a crappy job and not allowing sellers to get a better agent/ doing a crappy job and expecting to get paid when a buyer buys with another agent, etc.
If we all police our industry and report the agents who give us a bad name, maybe we can help make our profession… well, professional. Those of us who really care about helping people and believe in agency should be allowed to help people who want our help, without having all the bad agents screwing it up for everyone.