There is an old joke, "How do you know if a Lawyer is lying?" ans. "His lips are moving." Well we Realtors have an image problem too. I have found being a Realtor one of the strangest business experiences in my life. Here's why
1 Almost everybody you deal with thinks they know more than you. If you were a doctor, a plumber , or a baker you would not get as much argument as you do as a Realtor about your business. Sellers tell you how to price. Buyers tell you how to offer. Buyers tell you the financial folks you recommend are no good. When something they have done against your advice goes wrong it is your fault. And the beat goes on.
2 The customer thinks you are unethical. Just yesterday I brought my buyers to a house. The listing had just expired. The sellers agent told me not to worry she had worked with this gentlemen before and he would honor commission agreements. The sellers agent set up the showing and did some work to make it happen. After the showing I got a call from the seller and he left me a message saying I would be dealing directly with him as the listing had expired. Now we all know what that means for his recently former agent. My first though was, How dare he assume that I would cut out another agent to make a deal! I will, when asked for my advice from my good client, cut his house out of the selection process. I have had this happen before to me . What do we do that is so wrong to make folks think of us in that way!
3 We ARE unethical ! Recently a buyer went to preview a home that was in their neighborhood. As we have been working together for a while my buyer said if I like the outside I will call you and we will get together and see the home. On the way to see the home the buyer saw another home she loved. She went inside and really loved the home. She told the Realtor who happened to be there at the time that she was working with an agent and would come back with her agent and husband to view the house. At that point the agent told her, " You are not working with another agent on this house." Can you believe it !! My buyer then told the agent if she was not allowed to use her agent then she would pass on the house. Maybe the buyer took our ethics course. If we do these kinds of things to ourselves how can we expect the public to respect us.
So the question is, Why do I work in real estate at all ?
I do it to see the face of a first time buyer that I have worked with from financing to inspection to home buying. I feel proud.
I do it to help an investor, who is a regular middle class person, build a portfolio that will aide in their retirement in the future.
I do it to provide value to my clients that are relocating to help them get a great deal
I do it because when I am walking land and see a hawk or deer, and I am out among the trees and fields, I thank God that I can be there and maybe get paid.
I do it because I am a Realtor and damn proud to be one!