That’s bullshit, and I’m not apologizing.
I’ve never been shy about calling out the sleazy, cheesy, and unprofessional tactics that are so common in this business.
Like, for example, the video I posted on YouTube about the funeral crashing realtors who send letters to windows that open with, “since you’ve lost your husband you’ll surely want to downsize. . .”
Or the article on my blog about harassing folks who are selling their own home.
Or my Facebook Live rant about cold calling.
The list goes on.
And, invariable, when I call out such behavior, other real estate agents tells me I shouldn’t.
OMG! You can’t say!
You can’t post that!
What will people think?
They will even invoke the Realtor Code of Ethics and claim that I’m not allowed to say things like that.
That’s BS, too.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - there’s simply no justification for this stuff.
Take the common practice of calling people who’s listing expired. I’m telling you - it’s nightmare for those folks. It will start at 7:00 in the morning the day after the listing expires and run all day.
Phone call after phone call.
Over and over.
“Hi there, just calling to see when you’re going to hire the right agent for the job?!!!!!”
Or, worse yet, the biggest lie in real estate:
“Hi there, I’m calling because I might have a buyer interested in your home, would you mind if I come take a look at it?”
BS! If you had an interested buyer you would have shown the house to them already!
And the same people who do this telemarketing are often the ones complaining the loudest about all the telemarketing calls we get as Realtors (which is somewhere between 2 and 1,000 every single day, but that’s another story.)
Nobody likes telemarketers, nobody wants strangers knocking on their door, and nobody wants a stack of business cards from random realtors who pop by their husbands funeral.
It’s annoying, at best, and disgusting at its worst.
So, yeah, I’ll keep calling out this kind of behavior.
And, no, I won’t apologize for it.
Because it makes you look like a jackass.
A since we’re in the same business, I end up looking like a jackass by proxy.