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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Sometimes it pays dividends to just listen. They are obviously frustrated and are affected by the division caused by the media and politicians. OR Simply look at them, smile, bat your eyes and say with a giggle in your voice MAGA!!! every time they make a political


Of course, I'm simply joking

Nov 10, 2019 03:59 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'd simply act as if I heard nothing.

Nov 10, 2019 04:10 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I have a great talent . . . I can pretend to listen without hearing a damn thing. Radio training . . . plus I was a man in a past life . . . LOL

So are y'all enjoying actual real estate questions? 

Nov 10, 2019 06:19 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Those who are committed to tell you all they know, know very little. Since they are not wound too tight, they will run out of steam and you can collect for your efforts!

Nov 10, 2019 04:07 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I would totally ignore them, listen, DO NOT ENGAGE, never let them know how I feel, and laugh on my way to the bank.

I actually have a very close client that has bought and sold several houses from me over the years. I visit her often and she goes on and on in a totally different vein than my personal opinions. She has NO CLUE that I don't agree with her. What? Like I'm going to say something profound and change her mind? Not gonna happen in this political climate.

Just smile and wave, boys, just smile and wave.

Nov 10, 2019 06:39 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I my client wanted talk about their recent new car purchase, trip to Asia, religious or political beliefs, I would listen politely and remind them of the reason that we are a team and ask them to focus on the business at hand.

My job is to service their real estate needs...not argue, convert, change their opinion.

If their speech was hateful, spiteful or angry, I would have to make a decision as to whether it was necessary for the two of us to part company.

Nov 10, 2019 07:20 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Unless they're talking in racial epithets, or espousing nazi tenets, I just let them drop their comment into the air and respond with silence.

If it's one of the aforementioned, I drop them like a scorching spud.

Nov 10, 2019 05:53 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I just listen, smile and nod my head a lot.

Nov 10, 2019 05:47 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

We have to stop talking about politics & only real estate. I'd say you've got another appt & then leave. Maybe they will get it?

Nov 10, 2019 05:21 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

He who speaks last loses!

I would take my hearing aids out!

Nov 10, 2019 04:50 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

It happens and will get worse during this season. I personally don't like to discuss political view with clients even if they agree with me. I just ignore and talk about something else. 

Nov 10, 2019 07:13 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

If it's not too painful, if might be best to not engage and keep your financial goal in mind, but if it's just unbearable - adios.

Nov 10, 2019 07:02 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I can deal with all kinds of people.

Nov 10, 2019 06:13 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Listen and occasionally nod you head.

Nov 10, 2019 06:11 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no need to cut them loose.....just close them as soon as possible...

Nov 10, 2019 06:09 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We had a client once who expressed racial commentary about every house and every neighborhood. We eventually cut them loose.

Nov 10, 2019 05:58 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

Many people are talking about politics these days. We don’t want to get involved in speaking our minds, so the best route is to just nod and listen. Who knows, maybe we’ll learn something new along the way

Nov 10, 2019 05:44 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Practice what ducks do---let it roll of you like water of a duck's back.  Just smile, (it is good to be blonde)...and laugh your way to the bank.  Just another day at the office. LOL  A

Nov 10, 2019 07:01 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Dysfunction cannot help being observed when at work nor can illness or ignorance. Those things remain obvious. What to do if anything is an interesting subject. In the moment the answer may or may not present itself. I bet that person would love to be free of that bondage but does not know how. I pray I have an answer then & there and the rest would be up to them

Nov 10, 2019 06:29 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

You should cut them lose.

You can be certain other agents are available who will be unaffected by the passion of others.

This is not an issue with the client.

Nov 10, 2019 05:06 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Schedule your appointments with them during Washington Journal's Open Phones on C-Span radio (7:00AM - 10:00AM) and insist they remain quiet until connected. They can spout off anything, anything they want within reason there. Democrat, Republican and Independent have their own toll free line.

Nov 10, 2019 04:41 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

No, no politic talk at my end.

Nov 10, 2019 11:00 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Life offers many opportunities.  Should I stay or should I go is but one.  Each person makes that decision based on the question: "what's in it for me?".  There is not a right or a wrong answer in my opinion.  Just what works best for that person, that situation, that time.  

Nov 10, 2019 09:31 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I listen and do not offer any comment or engage on conversations regarding politics or religion.  I do the job I was hired to do and keep going.  

Just because someone has a different opinion then mine, does not mean they are any different than me. 

Peace and Love!

Nov 10, 2019 08:55 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Most people simply want to be heard and unfortunately others become fixated on things they cannot control. I'd listen and then change the subject, quickly getting down to business. Repeat often!

Nov 10, 2019 07:33 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I do not engage in politics with clients ever

Nov 10, 2019 07:29 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

I would listen for a few minutes and then give the person a very strong acknowledgement (I understand what you are saying and why you feel that way - I got it).  If that didn't do it (and it probably wouldn't but it's fast and works some of the time), then after giving the acknowledgement I would say something like, I have an idea, let's go for a walk. And once we got going I would point out things and ask the person to look at things in the environment. Look at the building - while pointing. When they look and indicate that they see it (whether that indication is verbal or nod or some other body motion indication that they have done it) then give them a "thank you" or a "good" and pick something else. Mix things up, near and far, big and small. Maybe within in a couple minutes, maybe a 1/2 hour or more the guy will come out of the "problem" or "situation" he is stuck in that keeps him going on and on pointlessly about whatever he's going on and on about. He/she is stuck in something it's bothering them and they are trying make it go away and feel better. If they could spot the truth (the exact time, place form and event) the situation would blow but they can't so they talk about it in an effort to find the truth. The take a walk and look at things handling doesn't "blow" the problem but it doesn't get them out of it so they can behave rationally for a little while.


If the above makes any sense to you - you will begin to understand the extent of the harm the media spreads through society with all of their half truths or straight up lies. Such actions do stick people in their heads as incorrect or partially correct data gets folks looking for answers and the truth when they are not provided.

Nov 10, 2019 07:23 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I try to avoid conversation about politics.

Nov 10, 2019 10:07 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Once in recent history has that happened. When he went to shooting and killing people or hacking them up into bits, true story, I had had enough. No money is worth that.

Nov 10, 2019 08:01 AM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

I would ignore them and smile, period. 

Nov 10, 2019 07:36 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Ignore and laugh to the bank

Nov 10, 2019 03:00 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I had this yesterday, the wife hates Trump and the husband loves him. She did not stop bashing him. Although teh husband laughed when i must have made a face, if he can live with her,  I can stick with them to hep them sell their home and help them find their new one

Nov 10, 2019 02:21 PM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Ignore it and go on to the closing table.

Nov 10, 2019 11:52 AM
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

I'd have a come to Jesus chat and tell them that they need to focus on real estate to accomplish their goals, since its REALTORS and lenders not politicians getting his sale done. I ignore my clients when they insist, I simply allow awkward silence and never reply. I love that move, I can handle the silence, they typically can't. That usually shuts them up.

Nov 10, 2019 11:13 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

I'd ignore it in such a way that is not disrespectful and laugh all the way the way to the bank. I don't relate anything political with clients. They try, but I distract them onto something else. So far, so good. 

Nov 10, 2019 10:54 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Ignore and do the typical "guy listening thing" of "um" and "uh huh".  They'll think you agree with them and you never actually say anything.  Everyone is happy.

That's how I've handled clients whose views are 180 of mine.

Nov 10, 2019 10:52 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I would try to act as if I had not heard anything, and artfully change the subject...perhaps with a question?

Nov 10, 2019 10:47 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

When I've run across somebody like this I simply say something like - am I here to sell your house?  Yes?  Then let's get to it. 


I don't engage in mindless political rants!!! And of course it's even more worthless when the point is to sell a home, not agree with the seller on politics. One time I said.....this isn't going to work.  Closed my computer and left.  He walked me out and apolized up and down about the co-seller's behaviour. The gal was ranting as I walked out.....a real case. Never looked back. I don't need that craziness in my life! Not a chance.

Nov 10, 2019 10:40 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I am just a humble realtor doing my job.

Nov 10, 2019 10:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Be a good listener and focus your comments on real estate.

Nov 10, 2019 09:50 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Candice ~  Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if it is out of place with what is going on.  As long as they don't stray into speech that offends you or risks your license, I would stick it out for the payday.

Nov 10, 2019 09:41 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I've always gone the "ignore" route Candice A. Donofrio . While visiting in TX ant my daughters graduation I had the same scenario but I was not going to let it dampen the joy of the moment so I changed the subject whenever he ripped into The Commander and Chief at this military ceremony.

Nov 10, 2019 08:06 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

That is a hard question, as when are politically charged, it is tough to get them to shut up.    I would try ignore....

Nov 20, 2019 02:21 PM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

This happened to me recently while going with a friend to an inspection. Had to whip my fake smile and "wow, the world is crazy, huh?" a few times. 

Nov 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I listen and stay focused on doing my job.  

Nov 11, 2019 01:47 PM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

My market is very different than the rest of the country. Most of the inventory is co-op's- where you need to pass a board interview to be approved to buy an apartment. Buyers should never be talking politics unless it's in total privacy- because the walls have ears. You don't know which nosey neighbor might be hearing and talking to the board (or are on the board themselves) about various buyers. Case in point (for illustration only- please don't elaborate on the politics of the situation) - when Rudy Guiliani's co-op was recently raided by the FBI- next thing you know his neighbor is being interviewed by every media outlet about all the things that were being taken out of his apartment.  Even if asked during a board interview, I advise my buyers to state that their political views are private and are not looking to draw any kind of attention to the building (if it's possible for the client to take this position...if they work in a role that puts them in a spotlight as it relates to politics that is an entirely different discussion).

Because of the extreme intimate relationship that is involved with the co-op process, it's important to work with clients you like- and not just trying to chase the money. Even if a client is buying a condo- so much of the process is similiar (but condo's can't reject buyer's while a co-op can) - it's still important to work with clients you can at least be comfortable around. 

May 22, 2021 07:21 PM