So, sometime this month a new movie about real estate and real estate agents will open with Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman. In the reviews it says that the depiction of the agent in this movie is not so great according to some and right on the mark to others.
One quote really rang true and that is about a sense of entitlement agents feel that when friends or family buy real estate they use them as their agent – or the agent will never speak to that person again. So true. The level of hurt if a friend doesn’t call is hugh.
This reminds me of a call in I got many years ago from the son of a women who lived in my community at the time. This fellow called and after quite a long discussion I discovered that his Mom had seven friends who are real estate agents and she didn’t want to offend any of them and didn’t know what to do. The son didn’t know what to do. I said well, if you work with me you will offend all seven of these agents equally but won’t be choosing one over the other, if you work with one of them you will offend 6 of them. His Mom could have lost 7 “friends” all at once..because each of those agents would have hurt feelings.
So, here is the quote from the reviews, a clip from the movie and I hope the image of Real Estate agent and Brokers are not tarnished too badly if that is possible. This is a good time to mention that real estate agents in New York City where this movie takes place are not Realtors® and do not belong to the National Association of Realtors and are not obligated to follow our Code of Ethics…one of only two areas in the Country where this is the case. FYI.
“Ours is an industry that has struggled to maintain a high level of professionalism,” Ms. Braddock continued. “This is a very undisciplined work force. If you have a friend or a family member who’s a broker and you don’t use that broker when you’re selling or buying an apartment, she’ll stop talking to you. There’s this very entitled sense of ‘you owe me — you have to work with me.’ My doctor and lawyer friends aren’t offended if I don’t go to them. In fact, they’d prefer to refer me to a colleague, because we are friends.”
PS: that boy decided to work with me because he decided it’s their problem and not his.