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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I believe in providing people with the correct information.  What they do with it is entirely up to them.

Jul 01, 2015 09:32 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

It depends on the client. I just told a seller, today, that she is wrong. I flat out told her that. Some clients I will get to see the light by reasoning with them and using case scenarios. There are some that won't see things correctly no matter what and I prefer to be blount with them. 

Jul 01, 2015 09:04 AM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Absolutely I do and I make my case very clear, remember THEY hired the professional!

Jul 01, 2015 09:01 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes. It is not a problem to tell that someone is wrong, it is the way how you have this conversation.

Jul 01, 2015 08:51 AM
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Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I never tell them they are wrong, I highly advise and recommend certain things. We kind of have to do what they want and all we can do is advice and hope they see us as a professional.

Jul 01, 2015 07:44 AM
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Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Yes, I speak my mind and share my experience. 

Jul 01, 2015 06:15 AM
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

I consider myself an advisor. If I see something that is "wrong", I tell them so and why. If they keep going down that path, and it doesn't influence me and my real estate license,  so be it. Sometimes we need to have them sign something that says we have advised them and they will hold us harmless. But at that stage, it might be better to tell them you can't work with them--knowing they are WRONG.

Jul 01, 2015 09:36 AM
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Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

It depends on what my relationship with the client is. If we have a good one, and are working as a team, then yes. If I think it will fall on deaf ears, I keep it to myself.

Jul 01, 2015 08:36 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

yes, absolutely..... 

Jul 01, 2015 08:24 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Depending on what the topic is, and maybe, but very tactfully. 

Jul 01, 2015 07:47 AM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Always.  It all depends upon what the error is, but I would be thorough in my explanation of process or situation. 

Jul 01, 2015 06:58 AM
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Jack Lewitz
IL Real Estate Specialists - Evanston, IL

I think honesty is best policy but  I can be wrong too and admit my mistakes . 

Jul 01, 2015 06:29 AM
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Tough call.  I guess a real sales person just like a politician can tell them something without them realizing they've just been told they're wrong.

Jul 01, 2015 06:24 AM
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Ed Macias
Real Estate Teammates - Miami, FL
Miami FL-REO Property Management Multifamily

I don't say they are wrong. I educate them on what they don't know

Jul 01, 2015 06:05 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I will always give my client advice. However, they will always have the decision making power.

Jul 14, 2016 12:29 AM
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Jon Fouse
RE/MAX TerraSol - Costa Mesa, CA
Specializing in delivering WOW service everyday

I do let them know. I like to use stroies of prior expericences to show how they could make a better choice. In the end though, as a Realtor, we are there to take care of our clients. We can only offer guidance and advice. We hope they trust in our experience and knowledge. 

Jul 03, 2015 02:31 AM
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Tyler Reiss
Edina realty - Buffalo, MN

When you go to the doctor for advice, do you tell them what advice they should be giving?

Jul 02, 2015 01:35 AM
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Corpus Christi, TX
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

It depends on the circumstances.  I don't tell them they are wrong but just put it in a different perspective for them, unless they are wrong and stating something that was never said or done.  If I do have to tell them they are wrong then I do give them my reason.  Honesty is the best policy.

Jul 02, 2015 12:08 AM
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Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

Yes. The result can vary from listening to you completely to telling you off.

If you're afraid to tell a customer they're wrong you might be in the wrong line of work.

Jul 01, 2015 10:26 PM
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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Absolutely, but tactfully!!!

Jul 01, 2015 08:18 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Debbie - I am very honest and will tell my clients the truth. If that means they may be wrong, then I will try and be tactful when explaining why.

I will provide information, data, and advice, but will not tell my clients what to do - that in the end is their decision.

Jul 01, 2015 04:32 PM
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Martin Kalisker
Greater Boston Association of REALTORS - Boston, MA
Professional Standards & Legal Assistant

I try to understand where they are coming from and where they might have received the "incorrect" information. Usually, I'll double check my facts, but I will typically let them know that they were misinformed. Unfortunately, many times the bad info is from a competitor, so my job is to make it sound like I am not dissing the other agent.

Jul 01, 2015 02:04 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I tell my clients that they will get honesty from me…including my honest opinions. They may not like the message but that will not change what I will tell them.

Jul 01, 2015 02:03 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I don't tell them they are wrong no.  I do encourage them to consider all the options and angles.

Jul 01, 2015 01:51 PM
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Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Yes I do. I also point out why.  It is up to them to do what they want with that information. 

Jul 01, 2015 01:32 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Yes, but you don't just come out and say "You're wrong, stupid", you have to be diplomatic about it. (I'm not trying to be policital)

Jul 01, 2015 12:17 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Yes Debbie but I do not say they are wrong. I try to do it in a way to make they say they were wrong.

Jul 01, 2015 11:56 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

No. I do not tell them they are WRONG. We are rarely priveledged to know the influences in their lives that compel then to make such decisions. It simply may be a parent issue.

I do share with them the likely outcome and the residual consequences of that specific choice and the alternatives that are currently available. 

I allow them the liberty to make a mistake and go immediately to work on Plan B to reduce the pain and divert the shame that is certain to follow.

IT is NOT the mistake that will cost you the relationship but the enduring shame. 

I DO want a record of my guidance so will send an email and follow with a telephone call.

Jul 01, 2015 11:45 AM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I don't tell them up front that they are wrong but I do tell them why their path is not going to serve their interests

Jul 01, 2015 10:58 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I tell clients if I think they are making a mistake or have inaccurate information. If it is a matter of opinion I may voice my differing opinion but won't bother arguing. 

Jul 01, 2015 10:40 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Should you do it in writing or in phone conversation if they are not in the area? Maybe doing both is best but then is that overkill?

Jul 01, 2015 10:31 AM