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Our MLS offers ShowingTime to schedule showings and they just shared the number of showings broken down by region for the last month. Fascinating data, if you haven't seen it before, it's worth asking your MLS about it if you have a widely adopted 3rd party showing service in your area.
New listing comes up on the MLS and I email the listing agent (whom I've never dealt with and don't recognize their name) about getting inside to preview for my clients. It's Saturday morning (a week ago) so I wait until Sunday afternoon to call back having not heard. I talk with listing agent and her husband, who is also an agent, and they sound like they are both in their 70's. Several long-stories later and I still haven't been able to get inside of the home over a week later. The male listing agent says that he just got inside himself (yes, he listed without having ever seen the inside!) and I asked him if he had a chance to get any pictures (because the listing only has ones from the outside) and he said "Yes, but I haven't had a chance to have them developed yet"... So I am curious, at what point did you give up film and go digital? Or do you have a blackroom for developing your own photos in your office? By the way, I should note that I listened to a cassette tape in my truck in the way in to work, so I can only judge so much, right?
A major magazine writes an article about living in a niche. Listing agent does a "print to PDF" where it includes the copyrighted publications information and website link and uploads that as a document for a listing. Do you think that this is a violation of the copyright / reproduction without permission? If you do feel that it is a violation, What actions would you take if that person happen to serve on your local board's Ethics Committee (hypothetically speaking, of course)?
This question was posted on another FB group, which to their credit is a more salesman-y results-focused real estate group, rather than bar-raising. But I just have to ask if I'm doing something wrong if I've never had someone ever return a phone call irate or even slightly perturbed? I know that there are a lot of ways to make a living in this industry, I just have to question someone's procedures if their pushing the envelope so far that potential clients that you are presumably trying to call to get their business are getting irate. What do you guys think?
99% of agents fail to build community appropriately on social media, but when done right, the occasional listing does not have to be a deal breaker. I can't speak much to google+ because I honestly haven't seen a viable lead source from it (or twitter) in my market.
I kind of like the fact that an average guy like me with no former real estate experience can learn under someone for a few years while working in other fields and accumulate both book ad real-world knowledge until I'm able to form my own brokerage all in a matter of years. I think that it's not a matter of where the bar is placed, but how serious you take the profession. Blame the broker's that take on agents that are not doing the job adequately and go after them, but the job is so diverse that trying to add more training qualifications doesn't help anyone and just takes hard working agents away from their clients. As an example, I'm in a rural market, I sat through hours and hours of training that didn't apply at all to the work that I do now because MLS' are urban centric, so when I got my license I had to learn an entirely new skill set in order to survive. This is an out-of-the-box profession that isn't for everyone, but the bar isn't the problem, it's the lack of support after entry that exists among most brokerages and the business models based on non-accountability that have caused the problem.
Randy - MailChimp and all other reputable email services are permission-based, which means the recipient has to have actively opted into your mailing list. Sharing the same mls doesn't qualify. Not only will you risk losing a MailChimp account over it, but that's exactly why they had real estate as one of the few industries that couldn't use the service when they rolled out. I would also hope you take all the points Nikki Beauchamp makes to heart. It's spam, pure and simple. Don't do it.
While I agree that the addendum verbiage is entirely lopsided, the overwhelming majority of bank addendums will never be changed (In about 500ish REO deals, I have seen ONE change... and that was verbiage that was just plain wrong in content, and had never been caught before). So the question comes down to "How good a deal, and how badly do the clients want the house?" The bank has no desire to hold onto a house. However, there are about 55 things I can think of off the top of my head that can limit the ability of the bank to sell a home. To list every possible contingency reason that could come up, would take an addendum the size of a book. Thus... the blanket statement. Not saying it is right or wrong. But it "is", and "will be".
My brokerage provides this and my experience is that the vast majority of captured telephone numbers resent being called back by an agent. They prefer to remain anonymous until they're ready. Your experience may vary.