One thing is for sure in this business, you will sometimes run into agents that do not fit the mold you deem appropriate. Either they are unsure of how to negotiate repairs, unclear on how to complete paperwork, or not responsive enough. Sometimes you can clearly tell that agents are taking up practices that are not allowed.
That being said if you can tell a Realtor is breaking the law, by all means turn them into the LLR. We have enough trouble with our reputation when it comes to the general public, we don't need any additional help looking bad as a result of those that exhibit a lack morals.
But when it comes to agents that simply are new to the business, I try my best to practice patience. After all, I know a lot more after 11 years in the business than I did 11 months into real estate. Something tells me most of us are the same and that we didn't walk into real estate completely sure of what we were doing or completely devoid of making mistakes.
So when I get the chance to complain about other agents, especially online, I just decide not to. The fact is that if consumers see us ranting and raving about how horrible agents are, it typically makes us all look bad and it does nothing to help the reputation of the one making the complaint. Instead of embarrassing a new agent or dragging their name through the mud around your office when they make a mistake, why not point it out and explain what needs to be done. People usually remember those that try to help them.
What if that new agent goes on to become a rock star in your area, you may want them to sell your listings right? What if you open your own brokerage? Recruiting is important for those you know and no one wants to work for someone that they had a bad experience with in the past. We all started somewhere and we all make mistakes. So before you blast other agents either around town or online, remember that you're not really making yourself look good in the process.
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.
Office- 803-788-1450 Cell- 803-730-9601 Email- James_Boney@Yahoo.com