JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: I'm a Realtor NOT a Pit Bull. It's Not Likely I Will Bite You

I'm a Realtor NOT a Pit Bull. It's Not Likely I Will Bite You

Columbia, SC Real Estate I do a lot of open houses and I do them to gain attention to my listings and myself. You never know what you will get when you open a door to the public, it could be a great thing or a complete waste of time, you never know what you're going to get.

 My favorite thing at any open house is the visitor that hates me the second they walk through the door. It's open to the public, but have to understand that in most cases it's still a home, and the owners have hired me in an attempt to sell the house. I'm hard to avoid at these things, because I'm right there and I'm the guy who opened the door for you to walk through in the first place.

 Now please allow me to explain that I am not there to harass so much as I am there to help if necessary. I'm also not going to let someone who just walked through the door wonder around alone in a house filled with my client's valuables. I'm not there to offend you, but let's face it, there are bad people out there and I need to make sure that nothing goes missing on my watch. Also, you walked into an open house, so how could you not expect me to at least say hello and introduce myself?

Columbia, SC Real Estate Another thing you may notice is that we will ask questions. It's not a crazy, deceptive tactic on my part to trick you into something. It's an effort to see if I can help you or if you even want help. Let's say for example I ask " are you from around here? " It does neither of us any good for you to reply " I'm from up there ", which people have done. I usually reply to that answer with the fact that I live over there and I think it's close to up there, have you heard of it? The original question is only an effort to understand whether you are relocating or whether you are already familiar with the area.

 When I greet you and you look at me like I'm an idiot and say in a stern voice, "I'm just looking alright!", and then try to rush past me, I'm not impressed with your tough negotiation tactics. If you just want to look, then just say you popped in to have a look around, it's an open house and I don't mind the public being there. Believe it or not, that's even the point of the whole thing. There's no need to be rude to me, I'm not there to be rude to you.

 I have encountered many types of people in all my open houses, and I enjoy doing them. I actually like meeting people and having a little small talk while they browse the home. But I will tell you this, when you walk into an open house or a model home in a new home community, you're going to run into a Realtor. That's sort of our job. Most of us don't have sharp teeth or claws, we're just going to ask a few painless questions while you're there to find out whether or not we can help. After all, if you went to a restaurant and a waitress/waiter asked what you would like, would you freak out on them? You walked into the restaurant knowing they would be there, the same can be said for us at open houses or model homes.

  So remember, it's not likely that I'm going to bite you, you can even carry on a conversation. When I ask where you're from, sometimes it's just small talk, it's not because I think people from a certain area of the country taste better.


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JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 I specialize in Columbia, SC real estate and the surrounding areas, including Blythewood, SC, Kershaw County, Fairfield County, and Lexington, SC. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Columbia, SC or any of the surrounding areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with to see how I can help. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you.

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Comment balloon 20 commentsJL Boney, III • June 23 2009 03:33PM



We're cursed when we do our job and cursed when we don't. Open house or shot, you're still the captain of the ship and you're responsible for what goes on there!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 11 years ago

Richard- It's hard to know that whatever happens in that house is your responsibility without wanting to stick close to anyone that walks through the door.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

JL --- you made me laugh --- thanks for the laugh ----About what you speak is so true.  Thanks for another creative post.

Mama Liz's Signature

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) about 11 years ago

Liz- I couldn't help but laugh a little while writing this one. It would have been a lot more creative, but I decided to go with the clean version.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago


Do they hide their children and do their dogs run? Just checking.

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 11 years ago

Lou- The dogs do tend to freak out once and a while. They must sense something.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago


My experience is that most people like this are afraid of being "taken" because they are especially susceptible to salespeople (incl. RE professionals). While this fear is legitimate, it shouldn't manifest in such rude ways. Here's hoping people realize you're just there to help!


twitter / Ian_at_DriveBuy

Posted by DriveBuy Technologies (DriveBuy Technologies) about 11 years ago

Ian- Most people are not rude at all and they are pleasant to deal with. There are some that have their moments though.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

HI JL-I had to laugh you saying you went with the clean version. I don't know what people are thinking if they don't expect to find a realtor at a open house. What do they think the owners just open their door and have any Tom, Dick or Harry walk thru the door with no one there. A open house is to show interested folks what the inside of the house looks like, it isn't a invitation to snoop around in someone elses home for the hell of it. Great post. <SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 11 years ago

Hi JLB, That is so true, we are damned if we do and damned if we don't.  Don't realtors ever get a break?  Good luck to you.

Posted by Xinh Truong (Connect Realty.Com, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Sharon- I understand that the majority of people in this world do not trust sales people and that's all they see us as. But you have to expect that one of us will be there when you walk in, and you should expect us to speak with you when you do. It would be rude if we didn't.

Xinh- Not that I have seen. No matter what we do, someone will think we are wrong for it.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

I may have liked the other version better coming from you JL.

It's amazing how some folks walk into a open house and seemed surprised that we are even there let alone we actually speak to them.

Posted by Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ (Labrum Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Well I don't know JL. I know a few Realtors who do, in fact, have sharp teeth and claws... That said, often the general public doesn't see much difference between Realtors, Loan Officers and the worst stereotype of used car salesmen.

Posted by Beth Forbes, Your 24/7 loan officer (The mortgage help you want when you need it.) about 11 years ago


You never struck me as being a pit bull, I was thinking mor like a wild cat.  Either way I will bet that you will win in the end.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 11 years ago

I beg to differ JL...Oregonians taste way better than South Carolinians.  Don't even get me started on New Jerseyites (or however they refer to themselves)...all that air pollution makes for tough and metallic tasting skin.

Next time, I suggest breaking out the teriyaki sauce or the italian dressing and ask how they want to be marinated...  :)


Posted by Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S. (Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon) about 11 years ago

Cameron- The other version would have been fun.

Dedra- The ones that tell more than you want to know are fun as well.

Beth- I've met a few with claws and fangs, but most are alright.

Don- In the end I will do just that my friend.

Melina- You just haven't taken a bite out of the right South Carolinian. You guys are a little too chewy for me.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

JL...I have never had any problems after an Open House, but two of my clients did when they showed the house without me knowing about it!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 11 years ago

Bill- That can become a bad situation for sure.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

How about the other version as a members only? I died laughing on this one soooooo.....

Posted by Mandi Perkins (Pioneer Title Agency) about 11 years ago

Mandi- Nice to hear from you, it's been a while. I'll see what I can do about the members only version.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago