I can understand your frustration but let me clarify, if you are asking about the rentals in 08008 zip code maybe I can help you understand a bit better. If this is not related to the 08008 rentals then my answer would be different. I will also agree with Kenneth, this is not the catagory to post this type of question, it should be in the "agent to agent" posts.
The fact is as an agent you should call to pick up a key and preview the properties , then get your questions together for the listing agent. After all if you are selling/renting Real Estate, it is your job to know the inventory, not depend on the listing agents to fill you in.
Once Sandy hit LBI, we had a tough enough time finding rentals in homes that were undamaged. The people that needed to be placed here are those working to rebuild the Island and it has been very time consuming to help these contractors and owners who had many questions and concerns. . Another problem is since it is a summer resort, most owners are fearful of putting a tenant in a house that will be difficult for them to leave because their home is still damaged. These owners need to have their property available for the summer tenants, not extending a winter lease.
I think the mentality here is the less information in a listing, the more questions tenants and buyers will have and it prompts a call. I have never been too busy to answer questions for anyone calling on my listings, nor have I ever found another agent too busy for mine. Unless of course they are involved in a Short Sale and do not have the answers you are looking for. I wish you the best of luck in the business.
Realtor, Long Beach Island
I have often "complained" that I end up doing the work of the other agent as well as my own, but it's worth it in the end when your clients realize how hard you worked for them !! Plus, sometimes there's an advantage, if you are like me, I like to be in control anyway, and often times I am when this happens :)
These agents continue to make money becaus they know how to schmooze their sellers/landlords to GET the listings, and rely on people like us to take up the slack once their listings have a contract or lease.
The more newbie agents you speak to about this and encourage to continue to be the kind of person and peer you think they should be, the better it will be for all involved. Hopefully many of the agents you describe will be retiring sooner rather than later :)
Don't give up just being who you are because of others. Frustrating yes, but there's so many other more important things to worry about than this.
Not only is it unprofessional, these agents are not representing their clients' best interests. Not to be rude myself, but I'd inquire (nicely) when they would have time to disucss the questions with me or whether I should contact the owner directly . And BTW, unless there is a signed agreement on file to say otherwise, you have the right to request to present your offer yourself,
Persevere. You'll probably not change these agents, so just concentrate on being yourself and providing the quality of service your client's deserve.
Always take the high road, be confident in your intelligence, don't take the bait to match wits, just stick with your questions and be persistent and over the top sweet and charming. Kill them with kindness and treat everyone like a client. You will eventually establish a reputation for being the nice, but persistent agent and others will eventually treat you with respect.
Don't let the industry change YOU. Before I let my blood pressure skyrocket, I ask myself if this will really matter when I'm 100 years old, and the answer is always no. Then I smile and continue getting the answers for my client, knowing that it goes with the territory. Start off a conversation with a compliment to the other agent. If you do this enough, even the worst agent will be embarrassed to continue their rude behavior. If you have to call 5 times to get an answer keep your professional face on. Take some negotiating classes -- they teach techniques to deal with these types. And BTW, you cannot change the world, just make it a better place :)
Good luck to you!
I should have also added in earlier post your question is better suited in the agent to agent category vs general 08008. Trulia has that category to commiserate/ ask fellow agents. As a newbie you may not have known about this category.
It can be difficult at times, but we must not loose focus on what is truly important, which is servicing our clients, and assisting them throughout the process. That is what makes it all worth it in the end.
I hope this answered your question! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me by the ways below.
Wishing you all the best,
De Vonte Williamson , LSA
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Coldwell Banker Residential
What you can do is make sure you never become like one of "them" !
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