Nothing irks my soul more than the Realtor who questions my integrity. Yes, it can be argued that our industry is faced with many challenges, of which, personal integrity could be considered at the top however, I am not the one.
My integrity and reputation precedes me and of this I am much aware. I pride fully admit I have never been good at humility but, we each have our drawbacks.
As I was saying, I am not the one. I got out of my way to ensure everything is on the up and up, not because I am bound by some generic code of ethics or some legal statue but because, that is how I was raised. (cliché I know)
So, when I sent out multiple offer notices to all the Selling Agents on a recent property, I was a bit miffed by the oblivious yet gallant response by one Realtor that went something like, “I don’t believe you have multiple offers.”
Well, in this situation I could have responded many different ways however, reverting back to those wonderful lessons I learned as a child, of which my mothers favorite came to mind, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. With that in mind, I simply stayed quiet………..(Long Pause) and, then the Selling Agent said, “are you there?”
My reply was yes, I am here, I have been here listening to you. I guess he was shocked that I was listening but, I am sure that is the by-product of most likely never being listened to because he obviously never has anything worth while to say but, that is another story for another time.
I proceeded to end the conversation by saying, “did you have any other questions I can help with?” I was hoping he would say no and hang up but, I wasn’t that lucky.
None the less, the conversation did come to an end, almost just as dramatic as it started. I repeated myself 5 times….I know, 5 times seems a lot but, for some people, that is just the start. For 5 times I said, “I am providing you the opportunity to instruct your client that multiple offers are on the table and they should submit in their final and best offer.”
Eventually, the Selling Agent hung up and, I moved on to my next call. I don’t know how this is going to end but, I assure you, as always, I will be a gentleman and scholar……until he pisses me off.