As many of you know when I am not attempting to figure out/bitching about my meaningless life on this planet I work as a land development consultant and Realtor. Well last night after a pretty shitty day at work I made a very large yet comical fuck up that I thought I should share with you.
Right now i am working with a Realtor in rural Eastern Oregon on a referral for a piece of property a client of mine owns (that client also happens to be my grandma). What this means is that I give them my client’s listing and they agree to pay me 25% of the commission for doing nothing. Not a bad deal. In an attempt to do my client a service I prescreened my pick by sending out an email to all the local realtors (about 6) within 75 miles of the property. In the email I just asked them what they would do for marketing and what rate they would charge my client. Pretty basic. Well as the search went along I found one lady who seemed to do the most rural listings. There was a concern that she was unethical, but in rural markets I assumed that was probably a good thing. Well somewhere along the way she became offended that I had asked other realtors about the listing. This is her email to me.
Yes, your new to the Real Estate Field does show thru so I will accept this knowing you are new and do not know how to Professionally approach this situation. I was very offended to think you would try to pit two Seasoned Principal Brokers for a listing, we have lots of listing and clients so we are not in the Big City arena for clients. We both treat our clients as family and enjoy working with them as individuals.
As for a referral we can do out of State referrals but I do need your Principal Broker to give me a quick E-Mail letting me know if he is licensed in Oregon or if the State of Washington allows by Real Estate Law for a non-Oregon Licensed Real Estate Office to accept referrals from Oregon. I do 20% Referral Fee to listing side at closing.
I like your Grand Parents very much and consider them a Friend, I will get back with your Grandmother when your Principal Broker sends me this information.
Sounds like you are trying to do a good job just don’t offend or step on other Realtors as you try to go up the ladder. Success comes to those who are honest, truthful, and sincerely enjoy the work not just for the $$ involved, “Be Human and treat others as you wish to be treated”.
I have to admit this email greatly annoyed me. It annoyed me so much that I wrote this email to send to my grandma/client.
“If you want my honest opinion she is small town realtor with a very small town mind, and to be honest she is a patronising idiot. I think she will do a decent job as your realtor, but treating someone who I would wager is considerably more intelligent and considerably more professional than her like a child is not getting her anywhere in my book. The messages I sent her were exactly what an actual REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL would send. I will get my broker to email her and you guys can move forward.
In my haste to leave work and due to the fact I am possibly retarded instead of typing my grandma’s email address in I had pushed reply and sent this little gem right back to Ilena. I instantly realized this and in an attempt to save some face issued this response
” Wow! How about that message. To be honest I really didn’t really mean to send that to you. I will just leave it at that.”
Needless to say I am now looking for a new Realtor in Eastern Oregon.
– On another note Unity, OR the town my grandma has some land in seems almost perfect for a small town take over. About 50 people live in the town (was 100 but 2 biggest companies closed down, logging company and forest service). It is located on a decent sized highway. It right next to cool lake and river. The best part is that the forrest service has a giant complex for sale for really cheap we could all move into and actually start a resort out of. Look into it.