Corinne Guest, Barrington Lifestyles (Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company)

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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I declined one ($900,000) last week, I didn't like the couple at all nor the situation between them and the house; I protect my joy for my career.

Feb 15, 2016 12:20 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I turn down few listings but if I do, there is usually a legal issue that could arise about either the property and/or what the seller is trying to accomplish. They may hide things from me or tell me outright and I won't be a party to it. I will not work with dishonest sellers. Enough said.

Feb 15, 2016 02:02 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

It's been a while.  It was due to an unrealistic seller.  Price. Terms.  Attitude. Three Strikes.  Buh-Bye.

Feb 15, 2016 01:01 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I just turned down two today. I sell on the planet Earth, not outer space.

Feb 15, 2016 12:14 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I'm in a small market but still occasionally say no to an unrealistic or difficult seller, or a problem property.

Feb 15, 2016 02:07 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Corinne Guest, Managing Broker I agree about being control of your business.

Feb 15, 2016 01:07 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I would refer them to another agent.

Feb 14, 2016 11:54 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     I had one a couple of years ago that I wish I had turned down.  It turned into a nightmare!

Feb 15, 2016 07:20 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Two to three a year

Feb 15, 2016 06:25 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Not as much as I should, Corinne.

Feb 15, 2016 03:37 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I haven't turned down many in the twenty years of my career.  There have been a couple that I let pass me by because the home was not worth the effort or the client wasn't someone I'd want to work with.

Feb 15, 2016 01:35 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

About 2-3x/year. homes must fit our marketing profile, unless it is for someone under severe distress and understands that we are not magicians.

Feb 15, 2016 01:08 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

When you see abundance you can be selective. Good job 

Feb 15, 2016 12:52 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I have turned down listings for unreasonable requests or when I do not quite see eye to eye with terms they want. I had one property owner ask if I would mow the lawn while the property was for sale and I of course said I am not a landscaper and if you can find some one else who wears 2 hats good luck.

Feb 15, 2016 12:21 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I understand turning down listings that are not a fit.  

I know someone who has listed his home several times and  it seemed that each time he was close to a sale, he'd raise the price.  It didn't seem like he really wanted to sell.

He said he's going to give the listing to me next time.  Um....

Feb 15, 2016 12:14 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

when I was an active listing agent, I would not hesitate to turn down a listing that I knew would be time consuming; or more than our market could handle, i.e., a million dollar listing in a $400k market!!  and I try to instill that mentality in those for whom I market.... I HATE IT WHEN THEY TAKE A HIGH END HOME IN OUR MARKETPLACE.... IT TAKES OVER A YEAR TO FIND THE BUYER.... I should charge them triple for doing that....

Feb 14, 2016 11:42 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I did this year. Very cheap sellers.....

Feb 14, 2016 11:39 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

One on Staurday and because of pricing!

Feb 14, 2016 11:36 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Not very often.  But sometimes it's just not a good fit.

Feb 17, 2016 11:55 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Corinne - I don't turn town listings, or have never had that luxury yet. Most of my listings come from friends and family, and I have never had an issue.

Feb 16, 2016 12:19 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Every so often when the seller is realistic or won’t prepare and keep the property showing ready.

Feb 16, 2016 10:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

When I feel there is a disconnect between them and me, or if I can see they will not be reasonable.  Life is too short! 

Feb 16, 2016 09:18 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Sometimes not often enough!

Feb 15, 2016 09:20 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Not often, only if we are not set on my commissions, or if there are some possible legal consequences. If it is overpriced listing, I take if we have a schedule of price reductions. 

Feb 15, 2016 04:21 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I do find my self turning down a lot of business these days.

Feb 15, 2016 02:34 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Not very often but I have!

Feb 15, 2016 02:27 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

1 or 2  year

Feb 15, 2016 09:48 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

One or two a year.  I'm pretty easy to get along with, but I have a low tolerance for idiots.

Feb 15, 2016 08:16 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It isn't often thank goodness, probably 1 in 20 which means probably one every 4 months or so.

Feb 15, 2016 08:10 AM
Amelia Robinette
NoVa House and Home - Frankly Realty - Falls Church, VA
Education, Innovation, Service

i recently turned a listing down and the sellers asked the agent who took it to call me and ask my advice. i gave it freely and wished her the best - she's doing it for 1% and listing the property about 7% over market value.


it's so good to have choices.

Feb 15, 2016 08:06 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Not often but there are times when I either decline or remove myself as a contender when I know other agents are being considered.

Feb 15, 2016 07:38 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

We have only considered doing it one time, and it was for a past client who was difficult (he changed his mind daily - one day he wanted to sell, the next day he wanted take his home off of the Market, etc.) Corinne Guest, Managing Broker.  Fortunately at his new home, which was not in an area where we lived, he decided on a 'more local' realtor, though he still calls us with questions, and comes to my Open Houses.  I totally support your decisions in those two situations, as you know what 'works the best' for you!!

Feb 15, 2016 07:23 AM