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19 Degrees... Mostly Cloudy... I Hope It Doesn't Rain...

19 Degrees... Mostly Cloudy... I Hope It Doesn't Rain...

I need to show a condo and the LBs have not responded. Is it the holidays? I don't know, but my customer travels a lot and she wants to see it today. During the Winter our weekend hours are abbreviated so I may not be going into the office at all. I do that a lot: not go into the office (LOL). Remote access is a beautiful thing. I spend most of my time working from my outside offices. Being mobile is something that I cherish.

The wind is howling, the boys are snoring and I am sitting on the floor in my living room with my laptop wondering what I am going to be showing my customer today or if I have nothing to show... My voice mail is still full. As fast as I answer people call and fill that puppy back up. What is up with that??? I thought Winter was supposed to be traditionally slow... I keep reading that yet I keep getting calls...

Is it the my broker is on holiday vacation so I am bothering you until he/she/they get back syndrome? I am starting to think so because they always balk at coming into the office but keep demanding an awful lot of info be sent by e-mail. My new line is asking what did your broker say? That always results in an interesting conversation (LOL). I have one chick bugging me for pictures of a very expensive listing who will not come into the office, but thinks she is entitled to send me and the LB out to make her picture request happen although (a) I have no pre-qualification info, (b) I have no idea who she is and (c) what she wants with the pictures. If I am not representing a person why would that person believe I would go freeze my bahookies off on a fools errand? Is it my blog? I frequently jog and blog, collecting eye candy, so maybe they think it is okay to waste my valuable time (LOL).

If the LB will not provide additional pictures of their own listing, why bug a buyer's broker who doesn't rep you to do so? Why not just get representation and go look at the property? I pre-screen properties for my customers and clients because I work for them. They have hired me. It is too early in the morning for me to get sarcastic so I am going to stop talking now. I need my tea. I have websites to destroy and re-build (LOL).

Last thought before I shower and start my day: Why do people believe we are supposed to give third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seven opinions on matters we are not a party to the transaction of? Is it all that free info flying around the Internet and squabbling in the forums that places them under the impression it is okay to step out on your broker with ten other brokers? Inquiring minds really want to know...

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Comment balloon 18 commentsC Tann-Starr • January 03 2010 06:39AM


We had someone who was the perpetual caller for every part of every transaction....and we are not even at the same broker....and don't often agree with her broker....so we stopped offering any advice....it would never have been "right" anyway.  Best wishes for a prosperous, healthy and happy 2010 !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 11 years ago

Ms. Starr: Well we can thank the Lord for Global Warming! LOL! Happy New Year.

Posted by Jane Nicastro-Disch Warren NJ, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors (Weichert Realtors) almost 11 years ago

yeah, what happen to the global warming thing, it is 16 degrees here in Greensboro/High Point NC.

Posted by Angela Lawrence, Broker/Owner (Noble Merit Real Estate Services) almost 11 years ago

Hi Carolyn, I hear ya on the weather. It's windy as I'm typing and making it feel like it's below 0! This Winter around here and that means your area as well, is the start of the Spring season. We have that tax credit that ends in June with people having to be in contract by 4/0/09 so do not expect it to be slow and that is a good thing! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 11 years ago

ROTFLMAO @ Frank. Too funny! :-)

Sally & David, there have been days where I started speculating if I was being stalked buy crazed buyers and renters... One woman kept calling and leaving the same exact message over and over and over and over... I kept saying variations of: I do not have any rental listings at this time, I am a buyers broker, may I refer you to someone else? Guess what? She kept calling about "my rental." I DON'T HAVE A RENTAL! Then one day she calls back angry with me because "people moved in..." Seriously? The last time I checked on the property in dispute my two new constructions were still vacant (LOL).

Brad and Angela I could use some sunshine and a wee bit more heat (LOL).

Jackie, I shall have to look into the cut off for filing that puppy. I have a relative who should be closing in the middle of next week. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Cold and nasty here too. Looks like old man winter has set in with an icy grip. Oh well so much to do while stuck inside.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) almost 11 years ago

Laura, I would love to be stuck inside today. Seriously (LOL). I'm actually thinking about running out to church because it is the first Sunday of the year and something tells me I really ought not to miss that. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

We are supposed to handle both sides of a transaction if the LB doesn't do their job aren't we?  I mean that is what seems to happen 90% of the time.  I too wish I could sit inside today but the lack of food if nothing else will drive me out.  Of course ratifying the first buyer contract of the year at least warms my heart if not my feet.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago

Sounds like you need to get a 4x4 and a Google Voice. (Google Voice is never full!)

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

Cindy, kudos and congrats on the first contract of the year!!! Get great munchies and celebrate girlfriend. :-)

Todd, my kids would love a 4x4 and so would I (LOL). The station wagon is an April 2000 jammie but runs like a top and the sedan is a 2003. I'm thinking the sedan needs to go. We're pouring money into it because my client schedule is killing the car (LOL). Google voice is a scary thought. Now I am sitting over here wondering if I really want to capture every single message ever (ROTFLMAO). You'd think I'd be tempted, eh? Truth is, the thought is making me pause... (LOL). ;-)



Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

C....buyers today think they are the master.....with every story that I read and hear, I'm thankful that my team and I focus on listings....I don't think I have the patience to deal with today's buyers....I marvel at you and other buyer agents for the job that you do.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) almost 11 years ago

Barbara, I keep wondering if HGTV is helping or hurting the situation. Some people act as if all we do is open doors and provide taxi service. It's a wee bit more complicated (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Hope you were able to schedule showings.  I thankfully have nothing to do that requires me to leave my warm house.  Good luck.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 11 years ago

LOL it is cold here, a movie and PJ day.

Ask me if I would jump up and go take photos of a listing that the agent didn't put any photos in?

ONLY if they were a Signed Buyer Client.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago

HA!  It was 20 degrees yesterday and 19 degrees today in 35-50 mph wind.

Lenn want trap shooting both days. 

25 birds yesterday and 50 today.  I wore warmer gloves today.

I don't want to lose my edge. 

The guys were all comfy sitting around the fire at the lodge.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

They didn't respond and I have been home all day, Dr. Stacey (LOL).

LOL @ Missy. My thoughts exactly... A close personal friend may get me to do it too. :-)

Trap shooting? How cool is that? VERY!!! Lenn, sometimes the guys don't know what they are missing... :-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

I've had my frustrations with Bronx and Queens listing agents in 80 degree weather and 20 degree weather. Lack of professionalism is not climate sensitive. You have to call days in advance just to reach some of them. have you worked in Richmond Hill lately? It's like the COE doesn't exist. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) almost 11 years ago

C.... I am confused... why would you take pictures of another brokers listings???? maybe I need to go re-read that... Anyway.. I am working on a post about the Realtor Pledge and the Code of Ethics... You are doing the right thing asking what the Broker says.. because AGENTS listen up.. no matter what the Broker is still responsible for your actions no matter how important you may feel!.. Does that help?

Have a PRODUCTIVE day.. hope you get in those places!

Cosmic Cow

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 11 years ago

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