Tony Lewis, Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo (Summit Real Estate Group)

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Robert Smith
Preview Properties, PC - - Brighton, MI
SRES, Search for Homes Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan

No, this is a consumer preference. If a male doesn't feel he relates particularly well to a female, he should be able to talk with a male. And vice versa, or any combination you can think of, actually.

Sep 21, 2015 03:44 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

People are free to choose their agent. They can even request a Vietnamese female, or any other nationality. Many people feel more comfortable working with someone that speaks their language.

Sep 21, 2015 03:41 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Tony Lewis People can choose whomever they like to represent them. I don't see it as a double standard.

Sep 21, 2015 06:19 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

Gender is getting more complicated and who people are or choose to work with is an area I personally do not want to discuss because I do not want the offend or discriminate against any group based on gender

Sep 21, 2015 06:01 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Actually both situations are discriminatory today and would not fly with the Fair Housing standards.  However, one would be hard pressed to enforce this.

Sep 21, 2015 04:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Consumers can have their preferences without consideration of a possible double standard. We meet the needs and keep on moving on.

Sep 21, 2015 03:58 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

If that is what they are requesting yes.

As to the political correctness it does not fit me.

Sep 21, 2015 03:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Consumer preference is not politically incorrect.  Like you we are sick of these distinctions, and I think it creates more prejudice than it helps.  A

Sep 21, 2015 03:46 AM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

None of these are acceptable.

Feb 23, 2019 11:45 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

If they don't want to work with me, I probably did not want to work with them first.

Sep 21, 2015 10:40 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Unfortunately double standards like this exist in many areas of our society

Sep 21, 2015 02:24 PM
Chanel René
Keller Williams - Huntington Beach, CA
Realtor & Marketing Idea Generator

I've had 2 previous careers before Real Estate. I've been a Certified Chef, people prefer men. I've been a Professional Photographer, people take my male counterparts more serious. So when I got into Real Estate, I found it refreshing that a lot of clients prefer female agents for whatever reason. 

But I do get what you're saying Tony, it does seem like a double standard. However, I feel like the client should be comfortable with the agent they choose. As long as they aren't a total ass about it. ;)

Sep 21, 2015 08:37 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Got to agree with Roy Kelley . We have never had this happen, but would just need to move forward and get the job done anyway we can.

Sep 21, 2015 08:25 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Life is not fair.

Nature shows no mercy.

EVERYONE has an agenda.

Those who have picked up the mantle of entitlement feel empowered.

For everyone there exists entitlement....except the white male.

That's not fair.

Sep 21, 2015 03:38 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

No double standard is "acceptable" per se; it is a matter of what is socially and politically tolerated at that particular moment.

Sep 21, 2015 10:02 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I've never heard of a gender preference for a Realtor at all, and, no, I don't think it's acceptable. 

I do have  a preference for female physicians and hair dressers - is that a double standard?

Sep 21, 2015 08:38 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not see anything wrong about it, as well. Client wants to feel comfortable with a person he/she hires. Don't you feel the same when you come for a massage, hair cut, or some specific doctors?

Sep 21, 2015 05:02 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Choosing an agent these days has never been easier. We are online, they see our yard signs, they can find out our backgrounds from our websites, etc. IMO, customers don't call agencies and say, "I want to work with a woman (or man), who do you have?" I've worked with all kinds of clients and the fact that I'm a woman has not been a problem. In fact, I've had some "good old boys" investors call me to list their properties because they know I'm a straight shooter and can get the job done.

Sep 21, 2015 03:26 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I would like to say this wouldn't bother me, but given the rural nature of my area, I would think this potential client would think I wasn't qualified as a woman to do the work and have the knowledge of the area and the mountains, backroads and irrigation issues. It might offend me for that reason only.

I've never had this happen to me.

Sep 21, 2015 12:41 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Tony, customers can make any requests.  But we, of course, can't apply any sort of standard like this to the clients we choose to work with!

Sep 21, 2015 12:07 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Actually I would rather work with a man.  that way there is no misunderstood words that may come back and bite one.  I would suspect the same would hold true for a female.  I don't want any accusations made which were taken out of content

Sep 21, 2015 10:48 AM