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What Do You Think Most People Fear or Do Not Like About Dealing With Realtors®?

By Jerry Charlton · Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 · Tagged in Research



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George LaPierre from Central Florida Real Estate Connection, Inc
1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Thursday, September 7, 2017

Whether I work for a seller or buyer, I tell them I work for them, not the other party. I try to build a relationship of trust by being honest and loyal, treat them fairly, keep our discussions confidential, and always try to get the best price and terms for them. Having worked in the business for 30 years, I give them the advice I would give a family member, looking out for their interests. Many of my clients have said that I am worth more than what I am getting. I always say that "a tip or bonus is always welcome". I keep on top of every transaction, so... (more)


Robin Smith from COUNTRY SCENTS CANDLES
7 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, September 9, 2017

You sound like an awesome Realtor George. I just bought my house 4 months ago, but first had to sell mine. My realtor sounds just like you. I had to take a double look. But in the past I have had them just want to make a sell and I could tell. He/She was no more interested in what I wanted. But if they do their job like you do and my realtor then they have a great realtor. Nice to meet you George and keep up the great work.


David Eittreim from Miles Enterprises
3 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Monday, September 11, 2017

If I buy in your area I would want you to represent me,


Debra Black from Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Monday, September 11, 2017

Good Morning George, First I would like to say that I hope you and your family are doing OK from the Hurricane Irma. You sound like a very caring Realtor. I was a Realtor for over 22 years and my practice was the same as yours. When the economy suffered I decided to get into Mortgage Lending (2010). My husband was a developer here in Nashville, TN and I was a Realtor so we suffered from both sides of the income. He re-invented himself and now is in Truck financing and insurance for Mack Trucks. I became licensed in TN as well as Florida and many other States.... (more)

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Irene Fraser from Design Happens Interior Design
3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, September 8, 2017

They are not properly regulated. Very little study time and low pass mark allows them to be licensed

This whole area needs to be redefined and regulated in order the public is protected. With so much money involved and not enough penalties imposed definitely needs a proper governing body or be legislated

Insider information and double ended represntation needs to be banned

You can sell your house on your own you dont have to use agents. Less expensive and more orotection to use a lawyer


Jeffrey Burgazzoli from Jeffrey Burgazzoli
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Friday, September 8, 2017

Double ended representation is what should be the disturbing aspect. Not Irene confirming what we "outsiders" know. But that is the truth.


Cyndi Kilbarger from Re/Max Advantage
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Friday, September 8, 2017

Didn't you forget to mention that you are a Canadian with a Canadian company and products?? And you know the U.S. - HOW??? We have licensing laws that require several areas of knowledge - including law - and we are required to take several hours of update courses every year. There are laws that govern our actions here and we are held accountable to our clients both ethically and in a fiduciary representation. Sorry if your country is not as professional!!!!!


Josh Barnett from Century 21 Judge Fite, Team Barnett Realty
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, September 9, 2017

What you call double ended is actually not an issue in most brokerages. If I am representing both the buyer and the seller on the same transaction, I let my broker handle the negotiations for one of them. That way there is not a conflict of interest. Irene there are plenty of penalties for REALTORS who are not doing the right things if it is illegal or unethical. Which includes prison time, financial penalties and losing their license and being barred from practicing RE ever again. REALTORS who don't quite break the law or are just doing things that are tacky... (more)


Dan Clark from Asher Realty
8 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Good Morning Irene - you must not be in Georgia - we are the most regulated business I know, required to take additional education courses after licensed and continue each year with additional education courses. You must discuss representation with prospect prior to giving any advice and have a signed document if you are going to represent a buyer. Listing agent represents seller. If you choose a knowledgeable agent they will be worth every penny you pay - no one pay's us for showing up for work, we get paid when you decide the work is complete and home is... (more)


Wendy McClure from RE/MAX Results
4 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Attorneys will change much more for a real estate transaction and they only give you a title opinion. Title companies give title commitments. Personally every one has the right to anyone's opinion. I want a commitment!! You should do. Do attorneys record your mortgage? Do they give you a great owners policy to cover your title the life you own the property? AND attorneys do charge per phone call, email, letter, MUCH more then any realtor or title company.


William Browne from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage La Mesa
2 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, September 9, 2017

I believe we are more regulated than lawyers. Lawyers are the biggest percentage of state legislatures. They pass laws the benefit themselves under the guise of consumer protection. Congress has an 8% approval rating. Lawyers should be controlled to the same extent as real estate agents.


Brooks Landry from The Brooks Landry Group
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Irene.... never mind. Its better I don't respond to this ridiculous comment.


Carola Lueder from Properties USA, Inc.
2 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Irene, you are obviously speaking from personal experience. Sorry it was not good for you. Like any other industry the good comes with the bad. Realtors who are professional and experienced are worth every penny they earn. Often it takes 90 days or longer to close a transaction with a tremendous amount of time and expertise required to work through numerous contingencies. This involves keeping your business going and not getting a paycheck until close of Escrow. With the difficulties of obtaining financing, even for grade A clients, increases the risk of fall... (more)


Valerie Wallace from Realty ONE Group, Laguna Niguel
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Irene it sounds like you had a bad experience with a Realtor.We as Realtors have to take 45 hours of continuing education every four years. Not many other professions have to do that to keep your license. I do not believe there is any restrictions or continuing requirments for Iterior Designers. Since we are independent contractors like you, there are many personalities in the business some good some bad. I'm proud to be a Realtor and help as many people realize their dreams. After 25+years I have found attorneys for the most part are not up on what is... (more)


Beverly Carroll from Beverly Carroll ERA Sunrise Realty-Duluth
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Saturday, September 9, 2017

one of the things to remember donor put information out that is not 100% true and all agents are not the same.. please lets use this site to be positive,intergectic,and supportive of each other's business.. Please know that everyone can have a complaint about some elses job/business..when you criticize others businesses it doesn't make you look good to want to business with.. There always those of us strive to make our customers happy and satisfied at the end of the day.


Evelyn Santiago from Heart Realty Group, Inc.
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Sunday, September 10, 2017

Just because one person has one bad experience with one real estate agent does not mean that you should slam the whole industry. Every state regulates the real estate industry in one way or another. Those that belong to NAR, also have to take an Ethics Course every 2 years. Managing Brokers have even higher standards to have agents work under them. Taking continuing education courses every 2 years adds to the additional educational and cost. Some states have a lot of hours and others don't. I am licensed in two states and can attest to the difference.

There... (more)


Jamel Salter from Bookkeeping Plus
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Sunday, September 10, 2017

There are a bunch of folks here that have taken the time to study and get their license, take continuing education classes to keep up their licenses, and have put their time and effort into learning their craft and helping clients maneuver through one of the most complex transactions in the economy.

Shaming people in their chosen profession is not cool at all. Most agents I know only want what is best for their clients.


Brooks Landry from The Brooks Landry Group
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Sunday, September 10, 2017

I see that you're an interior designer.... 90% of your business should come from realtors. :) bless your heart


Hanne Selby from HomeLife Glenayre Realty Chilliwack Ltd
7 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Sunday, September 10, 2017

I am surprised you would comment on the course being a low score for successful licensing. I would invite you to take the course for yourself before making these comments. As a professional agent and one who knows little of what kind of course you might have taken I would never cut your profession down without having taken the course. No idea what has made you make such comments. Its like a person eating a granny smith apple and saying all apples are sour. They are not. Yes there are good and not so good agents in every real estate business and there are good... (more)


Araminta Self from Skyline Realty
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Monday, September 11, 2017



Tony Babarino from Tony Babarino- Samuel Douglas Real Estate Group, Inc.
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Friday, September 15, 2017

Agreed. We need continuing education with accountability and standards. We need a $10,000 year annual dues to wipe out the part-time and amateurs. THEN we need to cut Zillow and RedFin from our IDX and MLS and take back our careers. www.StopZillow.com


Francis Wandell from Sama Interntional Inc. Marketing and Management Development
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sorry, the last thing we need is more regulations


Tony Babarino from Tony Babarino- Samuel Douglas Real Estate Group, Inc.
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Saturday, September 16, 2017

Realtors are among the least regulated. The most expensive thing a consumer buys and there is still some loose ends that DO need regulation since there is too little. And this should keep out Zillow and RedFin www.StopZillow.co


Araminta Self from Skyline Realty
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, September 16, 2017

Me. Irine,

With all due respect, are you, yourself a Realtor?

I am. I gave up a career in social work to embark on the journey of representing individuals, by advocating for them and negotiating on their behalf on hundreds of thousands of dollars, contracts? I just referred out to a colleague, of mine, a multimillion dollar contract because I knew I didn't have the expertise to work with said client. Would I have loved that $7,000,000, 06 percent commission? of course, I would've! but ethically, it would've been wrong because I know very little about Ranch... (more)


Araminta Self from Skyline Realty
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, September 16, 2017

please interview us before you condemn us.


Faith Wiener from Coral Shores Realty
2 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, September 16, 2017

I have been a Realtor in South Florida for the past 28 years, and I can assure you that you are WRONG about Realtors. I know that you are a Canadian resident, with a Canadian business, but you clearly know NOTHING about the training, and tests involving American Realtors. You also do not seem to know that hiring a Realtor in most cases, will get you a higher selling price, in a shorter time frame, WITHOUT the danger of you letting people into your home that you really do not know. Another thing, Irene, most Realtors are honest, hardworking, agents, that DO... (more)


Marjie Schwartz from Marjie Schwartz, Realtor, Residential and Acreage Properties
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Saturday, September 16, 2017

Irene you apparently don't know much about the real estate industry in the USA. We are HEAVILY REGULATED and every document in each file is examined by our managing brokers. There are many classes required and a very difficult test to pass to become a real estate agent, and Realtors have even more & higher standards that they are required to follow. The vast majority of agents to an excellent job, commissions are negotiable, and agents do SO MUCH behind the scenes to negotiate good contracts and make things smoother for their sellers or buyers - they earn... (more)


Beverly Carroll from Beverly Carroll ERA Sunrise Realty-Duluth
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Saturday, September 16, 2017

She is trying to drum up business for her self.. let's not fall for the publicity.. we know we are regulated and we study hard for our tests and we are watched closely.. she is not and agent she has know idea.. let her go she has know respect for others careers.. just pray for her


Myosha Wilhite from Myosha Kiki - Travel Agent
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Sunday, September 17, 2017

You are SO VERY RIGHT Irene, and all these comments from Agents who have been rubbed the wrong way, proves it. Sadly the Truth hurts. Not saying anything about any one, but let's face it, There are people in that industry that have done things that make it harder for those that do the right thing. A very large percentage of agents care about nothing more than getting the biggest commission possible by any means necessary. Some have done just that and even in hindsight when people realize it, They don't forget, which is why it is so many that do the FSBO now.... (more)


Josh Barnett from Century 21 Judge Fite, Team Barnett Realty
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Myosha. I'm sorry that you've had a bad experience with a Realtor. FSBOs typically sell their homes from 7%-18% less than if they had a realtor protect their interests and negotiate for them. It's a sad statistic. All that money that the FSBOs leave on the table due to thinking they are saving money. Not to mention the exposure to lawsuits and penalties for not have a contract properly done. So much of that can be mitigated by have a realtor work on your behalf. You are correct there are bad realtors out there who are in it for a quick buck, those agents are... (more)

Myosha Wilhite from Myosha Kiki - Travel Agent
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Lack of Transparency....

As someone that has had this conversations with several friends lately, I have been dying to discuss this. I have my house on the Market now, and I have a friend that has her house on the market. Being in the field I am in, I have a lot of friends and associates that are Real Estate Agents. So choosing one was a very hard decision. I honestly wanted to list my house as a FSBO. I mean, yes I know how hard agents work, I just don't think anyone can work harder than ME to sell my house. Also, I could not afford to pay an agent. Yet, I... (more)


Josh Barnett from Century 21 Judge Fite, Team Barnett Realty
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Sunday, September 17, 2017

the agents you describe won't last in the industry and are not a good way to judge the industry as a whole. You are correct that there are bad agents. The market is flooded with fly by night realtors, and discount brokerages. They will all leave when the market corrects, which it is starting to do. I recommend interviewing realtors to see who is the best fit. I did that when selling my home before I got into the business :)


Valerie Wallace from Realty ONE Group, Laguna Niguel
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Do you know why people do not use travel agents on most of their trips? For the sane reasons you gave about using a Realtor. Booking a trip then having everything go wrong and the travel agent is no where to be found. All you have to do is report the Realtor to the Board, The Nar or in California to the Car. There are infractions and laws in place that can remove our license if we break them. So perhaps the complaning you hear is from people who have problems and do not report them and those Realtors go on to do it again. We have a code of thics we adhere to... (more)


Tony Babarino from Tony Babarino- Samuel Douglas Real Estate Group, Inc.
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Sunday, September 17, 2017

That being said Myosha, there are too many amateurs and part-timers who do this "for fun" because their spouse/family has a good job/money. As for me, IF I were selling your house, I disclose everything on what I will do, try to do, and will not do, what I believe works, what I 'guess' works, the rewards and risks, and welcome your input on all of it since it is YOUR house. Sorry to hear about your experiences; that happens too much for my taste and it makes me (and others) work HARDER up-front so people like yourself will think "oh....THIS is what an agent... (more)


Parvesh Saluja from KELLER WILLIAMS FIRST COAST REALTY
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Moesha so sorry you went thru that. You should not have to, there is no hurt feelings in any business, that is business decisions people make and a business person would honor that. I am honest upfront and help people as much as I can. I guess that is why my customers stick with me and send me referrals. But all kinds of people there. You just do what is best for you because home is a big investment one makes. I guide my buyers upfront and educate them. Same for selling the home. You can ask me any questions and I will answer you. I normally do not come on... (more)

Parvesh Saluja from KELLER WILLIAMS FIRST COAST REALTY
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, September 23, 2017

They fear that they will be stuck with the realtor for the term if the contract in case they had issues with that agent and they do not like paying brokerage fee. But that is not the case with me. Even customers have contract with me, if they are not happy with me, I let them out and I never had anyone who wanted out from me. I become friends with my customers and they know I take good care of them.

Jakob Lininger from American Patch & Paint Co
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, September 18, 2017

imo it's honesty... Even if it's not what the buyers want to hear. If a realtor puts themselves in the buyers place... financially, mentally, and also looks at their dau to day lives It makes the buyer much more comfortable with the whole process.

Tanya Stockton from Closets and More
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, September 18, 2017

It is like any other business relationship and this one is very personal, I want someone to understand what I am looking for and not waste my time sending and/or showing my homes that are not a fit. So, I guess, I fear my time is being wasted and there is no respect for my time.

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