Dr. Karen  Lewis, Broker 954-2489149, No Compromise When it Comes to Our Clients! (K1 Realty Group)

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Lyn Sims
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Yes & it can be very hurtful. I know this sounds sexist but somehow men are perceived as 'needing the business' more than women for some reason. 'He' really needed the business, like you didn't or don't?

Jun 26, 2017 04:34 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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   It happens.  

    Most recent for me was the son of a good friend.  He and his wife bought straight from a listing agent (saw her For Sale sign on a Sunday afternoon).  

     Crummy house, crummy neighborhood, they paid full price with no seller concessions.  The LA talked them out of a home inspection; they found major issues after moving in.  THEN they come to me asking for help.  "Sorry, you have already closed on it.  There is nothing I can do.  Here are the names of some good attorneys...".

Jun 26, 2017 10:10 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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A family member ignored my referral and I swear to Buddha, he found the worst listing broker on the western seaboard . . . all the way down to obese woman with iPad in mirror photos! Between the willingness to give away the farm and the loss of referral income which would have gone toward repairs/deferred maintenance . . . that decision probably cost the family upper 5 figures. Tragic stupidity.

Jun 26, 2017 09:02 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Sometimes I suggest that they work with someone else.

Jun 26, 2017 05:51 AM
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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No, but if they did, I would not really be concerned about it.  I am not sure I would use a close friend or family member for a real estate transaction if I were not in real estate due to a desire for complete privacy and because I would not want business to interfere with our relationship. 

I once had a transaction involving someone with whom I worked very closely in a previous life;  boy, were my eyes opened when I saw the filthy condition of her house, the way she treated people and other things.  I never could look at her ever again in the same way and I always wished I hadn't found out certain things about her.  Ignorance can be bliss. 

Jun 26, 2017 05:18 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

they wouldn't dare.... but when they DO call me, I NEVER WORK WITH FAMILY OR CLOSE FRIENDS....NEVER.... I refer them to someone I trust...

Jun 26, 2017 06:20 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

I was very happy when an aunt chose to work with another agent to sell her overpriced, cluttered house which took forever. (I am sure that she drove her agent crazy.)

Jun 26, 2017 05:57 AM
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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
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Sure, plenty of times. 

Jun 26, 2017 05:32 AM
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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

One time I worked with a guy who lived with his sister, who was a real estate agent.  She did not know he was buying a house with us.  Strange.

Eve

Jun 26, 2017 04:35 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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No... I have no family locally, so they have to do their buying and selling with someone other than me... but they do call for recommendations of with whom to work at their end.

Jun 26, 2017 04:12 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

No

Jun 26, 2017 02:36 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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Nope _ I at least get all the referrals for them

Jun 26, 2017 09:36 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Yes. I think it happens to the best of us, but also everyone knows several real estate agents, so you may not always be the closest one to them. We do work with a lot of our friends though. -Kasey

Jun 26, 2017 09:11 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Yes, but it didn't work out.

Jun 26, 2017 09:01 AM
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Antonia "Nina" Margetis
WaterStone realty, llc - Boca Raton, FL
Sales, Rentals, P.B. County, Treasure Coast

Yes, of course!  Bear in mind that family and friends may not want you to know what assets they have (or do not have) and how they deal with their transactions.  Lots of dark corners there...  Only trust and honesty will win them over.

Jun 26, 2017 08:04 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

yes

Jun 26, 2017 05:29 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Of course, you were expecting loyalty?

Jun 26, 2017 05:22 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Yes.  Stuff happens.   

Jun 26, 2017 04:53 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

No

Jun 26, 2017 04:48 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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More than 65% of agents have to deal with it. Reasons are many: Do not want to share personal info., bank savings.  Lack of confidence that realative or friend will be unfriend if messed it up.  Many rather use stranger as it is just business.

Jun 26, 2017 08:47 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

When I was a full-time DJ and new in Real Estate, my business partner did that. He forgot I was in real estate...my fault for assuming.

Jun 26, 2017 07:35 AM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

There have been a few instances where friends or acquaintances have worked with a realtor other than me.  Sometimes people already have a relationship with a realtor or they don't feel comfortable revealing private information to someone they know. People have their preferences and that's okay.

What's NOT okay is when people ask you a million questions and run you around and then use someone else.  That's shady and totally disrespectful.  

Jun 26, 2017 07:30 AM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

"did" real estate?

Jun 26, 2017 07:13 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Absolutely.  I will not work with family. Many of my friends know many agents ... and some are loyal to the agent they had before we met.  I do not expect all of my "friends" to do business with me.  

Jun 26, 2017 07:11 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Oh yes of course this happens and for many reasons...it can be an owee

Jun 26, 2017 06:53 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Yes but they are not local so all I could have done would have been referrals

Jun 26, 2017 06:50 AM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

That's typical Karen... Except for mom.... 

Jun 26, 2017 06:28 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor Unfortunately I have missed a lot of referrals from out of town relatives who know and have been reminded I am in real estate. Some have sold and purchased more than one property.

Jun 26, 2017 06:14 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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No - I would look at it as their loss, though, Karen! 

When they phone you to ask questions about the transaction - let them know that you legally can't answer them!  Again, their loss!

Jun 26, 2017 05:57 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

NO

Jun 26, 2017 05:52 AM
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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Yes they have but they did not grasp the concept as to how real estate works.  They think we get paid no matter how it goes.  

You can advise some and they will never get it.

Jun 26, 2017 05:51 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes. You have to earn the business.

Jun 26, 2017 05:48 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Yes very recently, and even worse when it was not going wel they called me for emergency advice. I am writing about it this week

Jun 26, 2017 05:43 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I think this happens to everyone at some point. I have tenants that have rented from me for years and were very happy with my service, but then they buy through another agent because they forgot that I could help them. In a small community like mine it seems everyone knows a couple REALTORS so it's not surprising when they choose someone else.

Jun 26, 2017 05:42 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Yes and they did not even give us the opportunity to discuss their needs. Bye bye!

Jun 26, 2017 05:33 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No.

Jun 26, 2017 05:33 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

No for the family. Yes for friends who did not think it through.

Jun 26, 2017 05:32 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor - question is - did they remain friends?

Jun 26, 2017 09:37 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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yes all the time...only bothers me when they ask for advice and then go somewhere else.

Jun 26, 2017 08:31 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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Oh course we have all been hurt that way. I don't let it get me down.

Jun 26, 2017 06:35 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
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everyone knows another Realtor

Jun 26, 2017 10:15 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

I have clients that have a cousin that does RE in Denver, but always use me.   Sometimes they want to keep it out of the "family".

Jun 28, 2017 06:07 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Karen, I also had a neighbor sign with someone else and they would have dinner once a month with us.

Jun 27, 2017 08:31 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Family -no. friends-yes

Jun 27, 2017 05:08 AM