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Nope, it is the best way to label yourself as a nincompoop! Our answer was to say, "everyone has their own style!". And when an owner talked about other agents in a critical manner, we just listened and did not fuel the fire. My father's favorite saying was, "If you mess with manure, you come out smelling like manure!" A
Sterling Heights, MI
I can't speak for myself, but I know that Chief Cook would never do that. She and her broker maintain a high level of integrity, and badmouthing others is not the way to get a listing or buyer. You never know who knows or is related to whom!
White Plains, NY
I would not belittle myself by being coerced into that game Noah Seidenberg . It's always been a goal to be recognized as a professional and this behavior will not lift anyone to that stature.
Sterling Heights, MI
**I dont' think you can answer in A&Q as 'anonimous', you can ask a question though:)
It's against the code of ethics. I don't do it. It wouldn't be right and I think it would just make me look bad.
Some agents love to bad mouth other agents claimin they are the best neighborhood and downplay others. Typically they are mouthy. Our broker says if we can catch them for some illegal, unprofessional acitivities do not hesitate to file a complaint with state licensing. Often they will behave professionally.
Noah Seidenberg just don't know why we should talk about others at OUR listing presentation.
When asked about a person - just stay balanced. Your opinion may not matter much if they have already formed one for this person, anyways.
I've bitten my tongue many times. I've said something like, "We have very different business models. Let me tell you about mine."
Our ethics rules say to not talk bad about another agent. That's excellent advice. It usually comes back to haunt you if you do.
Noah, I do not. If I can't say something nice I don't say anything.
No, I won't say anything bad. I prefer to just say that I would rather not answer that question.
I do not bad mouth another agent because it makes me look just as bad. When asked I usually say something about how every agent has their own style and mine is different from that agent. It usually gets me in good.
The way to kill a real estate career in a local market is to disparage any agent or broker. We never do that. If a client asks about someone specifically, you can be sure that they are fishing for something to take you out of the running as their listing agent, in my opinion.
Although I may be mentally biting my tongue not to, I never have. As others have said, I just say we all have different approaches, not bad, just different.
I would never speak badly about another agent in front of a client. I will distinguish myself by sharing what I would do differently. I agree that it is unprofessional and would reflect badly on me.
Noah Seidenberg I try not to . I think it is unprofessional . I may say that is not my style and leave it at that with a smile if they have a criticism about the agent
Nobody respects a salesperson who has to resort to those tactics.
No, but I do ask what the seller liked and didn't like about their previous realtor. It helps me determine what is important to the seller so I can address those issues. Bad-mouthing fellow realtors is not a good idea and I think it's unethical.
Nope. plain and simple.
No, never. If I'm asked about a specific person, I basically say that our local association rules prohibit us from such a discussion.