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Walethia Aqu…, Real Estate Pro in ,

What is your #1 etiquette question as it relates to agentsto agent and agent to buyer, seller?

Asked by Walethia Aquil, , Tue Jan 1, 2013

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Etiquette deals with social norms, ethics, and culture.

Etiquette question? lol

Are you honest?

See your local REALTOR Association for your code of ethics.

Personally, I believe in and implement: honesty, up-front disclosures and agreements, and communicating well.

I feel a follow up question or sales pitch, Walethia?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 1, 2013
Of course I'm here to provide value, and from that clients. Is that not what you do?
Flag Fri Jan 11, 2013
The basic question is one of respect - do you, the buyer/renter respect me, my time, my efforts? Because I will do the same... unless I drop you, because I suspect/have evidence that you don't respect me, or are completely unrealistic.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
I don't know about a "question," I think the height of etiquette is to accept other people, even agents, with their "faults," forgive them when they fail to meet your personal standards, and appreciate them for who they are.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
Etiquette is important in any business. Coincidentally, or not, rudeness is on the rise nationwide, according to the most recent survey on courtesy conducted by Public Agenda, a nonprofit research arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts. A whopping 8 out of every 10 Americans (79%) say that a lack of respect and courtesy should be regarded as a serious national problem. One dramatic finding was that rudeness knows no boundaries, as all regions and demographic audiences in the United States were equally at fault.

Putting people on hold
Not returning phone calls
Showing up late for appointments
Texting/ phone calls when in the presence of clients
Online etiquette
and so much more

These are just some example of rude behavior in the work place/office. Business etiquette includes much more than how to give a proper handshake or knowing which fork to pick up next at the dinner table. Etiquette is simply being respectful and considerate of others.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
I would say #1 question is understanding who this agent's client is, i.e. who this agent is working for, who's interests he/she represents and has to protect. However, this is a professional ethics matter and not an etiquette question...
Etiquette questions would be about manners, etc. nice business manners... ability to use a fork and a knife at a business lunch, not to use curse language, professional dress code...

Another big ethical question is badmouthing other agents in front of clients to make themselves look better. It is becoming quite an issue in various situations, for example, when brokers are trying to get a listing that another company had before, etc. to convince their client that they can do a better job... This is considered unethical a bad business practice.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 1, 2013
I have business questions, that are, of course, ethical, and used in any business situation.......but............. "etiquette" questions??

Oh yes, I think I ask if they know which fork is used for fish

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 1, 2013
The number one question in the nicest way possible is "how much money does your client have now to invest? If you are working directly with a client we work with the attitude we will maximize the money they want to to best help them we need to know how much money they have or are qualified to get. This eliminates etiquette drama like banter in the future.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 1, 2013
I don't really have a question just a suggestion. WWJD........ if we all worked under those guidelines, etiquette wouldn't be in question :)
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