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Sellers' Biggest Realtor Pet Peeves (And How to Avoid Them)

Nov 6, 2018 8:43:08 PM

A “bad review” can affect an agent’s ability to acquire new leads and clients...and not just once. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving...a gift like Aunt Gertie’s annual fruit cake.

Every December, it shows up, full of those weird candy things and pieces of prunes. You might forget about it as the year goes by, but then, that special dessert makes its appearance again.

Negative reviews can be just as haunting as Christmas-confections-gone-bad, so it’s super important to avoid them at all costs! In other words, NO FRUITCAKE FOR YOU! (if you’re lucky...or smart)

A bad review is typically just the icing on a cake packed full of agent faux pas…what are these Realtors doing to leave such a sour taste in their clients’ mouths?

It’s important to understand which scenarios stir up such deeply felt resentment, so we’ve compiled a list of the things agents should avoid doing at all costs.

5 Common Client Complaints About Real Estate Agents

A Google search for “How to fire a real estate agent” turned up about 84,900,000 results.

Clearly, there are a lot of folks on the hunt for ways to ditch their current agents.

If you don’t want to be ground zero for your client’s next internet search, you might want to brush up on your:

1. Communication

If this was a questionnaire seeking your opinion on client dissatisfaction, this is probably what most of you would have written down somewhere near the top.

In today’s age of digital accessibility, clients expect to be kept abreast of developments and opportunities throughout the home buying/selling experience.

It’s easy to forget when you’re juggling several sales at one time that your individual client only has his own on his mind.

There is often little to no tolerance for delays in relaying or providing information pertinent to his situation.

Sluggish communication is a big problem…

“My agent hasn’t contacted me in two weeks. Kind of difficult to sell a house if there isn’t communication from your agent.

Believe it or not, that’s from a real agent review.

Even subtle communication infractions can lead to a case of the grumbles, particularly if there are extensive negotiations, repairs, or financing-gymnastics associated with the sale.

It’s essential to do follow-up calls, emails or texts consistently each day.

Set aside specific blocks of time for staying in touch.

That way, your clients will always feel connected to the process.

They’ll also begin to develop an appreciation for your dedication and commitment to their sales experience, qualities that make for wonderfully positive reviews and feedback!

2. False Advertising…(say cheese!)

“Well, [we were] purchasing from out of state ... Realtor posted false pictures of the home, probably trying to cover up the horror-show the home is currently…”

...another online review.

You’re all aware (or should be, at least) that a picture can speak a thousand words. Of course it’s important to capture flattering photos to help highlight the positive features of the properties you’re listing.

However, there’s a big ole’ difference between “highlighting the positive” and trying to pull off a full-on real-estate catfish!

Not just a buyer’s pet-peeve, sellers frequently take issue with the photos their agents use to market their homes. But that doesn’t mean they’ll thank you for misrepresenting their house.

A lot of time — and agent credibility lost — when interested parties get excited about falsely promoted properties.

3. “I’ll Lasso the Moon…”

...says the over-promising, under-delivering agent.

This is a tricky one for any Realtor trying to survive “the game.”

If you’re any good (or on your way to greatness), you’ve probably learned that working in real estate means you need to be stellar when it comes to engaging confidence in your prospects.

What that means is…

You have to talk the talk.

Here’s another situation where, to really succeed, it’s necessary to paint a pleasant, promising picture — despite possible obstacles — when you meet with new clients.

Inspiring confidence is an important factor when you’re trying to connect, and a certain amount of hopeful estimations and self-promotion is almost required to seal the deal. However, great care needs to be taken with big promises.

Even with a listing that — for all intents and purposes — should sell like cake, a seller might still become frustrated if the initial buzz caused him to think a bidding war was imminent and he was going to walk away with $50,000 more than he originally hoped.

Do your homework, be confident in your own figures and marketing scheme before trying to convince a client to come on board with your grand plan.

There’s a whole world of difference between inspiring confidence and spinning hype.


This one should be common sense, but, well...it’s not.

You’d be surprised how many agents make appointments to show a home and then — gasp! — don’t show up!

Do not be one of those agents!

This business is all about getting listings, right? Wrong.

It’s about getting and managing successful listings, start to finish.

Don’t think that just because you signed a client, you can’t mess the whole thing up by pulling a no-show, or some equally unprofessional stunt... Remember that terrifying Google search?

Thousands of people are ditching Realtors.

So, this one is simple...just BE THERE.

Last but not least...one of the biggest complaints clients have about Realtors just proves that:

5. It’s all about the money, money, money!

The bottom line is, your clients always want you to score the most money and the best deal.

Enough with the bad pricing and unrealistic low-balling!

A good real estate agent should be able to study figures and comps to arrive at a reasonable number... every time!

Don’t forget — if the list price is wrong, all your marketing efforts will be ineffective!

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avatar_joe Joe Nickelson is a real estate professional dedicated to helping home buyers and sellers achieve their real estate dreams, and helping real estate agents stop using the sometimes-vicious tactics that weigh on their consciences. He believes that the Smart Agents books will, quite literally, change people’s lives for the better. Check out his full bio here

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