Guys like this make us all look bad, and I know you're tired of it... and quite honestly, so is each and every honest and ethical Realtor out there.
Please tell me, did you confront the realtor? I would love to hear his reaction when you told him you actually had video evidence.
I can't say that I have ever heard of this. I mean, that is just pathetic.
It just occurred to me, is it possible that he took the flyers because he had potential buyers?
I mean I'm willing to give anyone the benefit of the doubt.
And as Dunes always says.....If you're a Buyer thinking about Lake Stevens WA. (which is a beautiful place BTW) then stop and have a cup of coffee with someone else who "thinks" and shares expertise about the Housing/property Market in Lake Stevens....Tonya Brobeck ......
That Troublemaker guy
Once again thank you for your advice.
Agent launches new FSBO Prospecting Program
or Agents puzzled as Consumer Trust decreases from 1.000000002% to .000000002%
This is highly inappropriate behavior and probably not very bright on the part of the agent. We all depend on our reputations locally and it is silly to risk damaging our position in the community. I agree with the folks below who suggest talking to the agents broker. The agents actions reflect on the company and most good brokers will put a stop to the behavior. If you are really steamed up, you can call your state's real estate commission. It probably would not result in more than a call and, perhaps, a slap on the wrist, but no agent wants to be on their state commission's radar.
I hope this helps.
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
how many bedrooms, baths, separate dining room, LISTED PRICE!
and Realtors are the ones with the buyers... so you want us informed about your FSBO... so I think that 10 agents picking up one each is a good result. The doofus who took 30, on the other hand.... just a doofus.
What led to this question was that I had 30 flyers vanish in one week so the following week I set up in my living room and walked outside every time I saw someone take a flyer. In one day 10 flyers went all realtors. The third one was the guy taking the stack.
Thank you all for your advice (I will not be posting on You tube for now) believe it or not I am listing with a realtor this week. I posted this question because this last FSBO experience has been cluttered by extremely rude realtors.
I want to share the last line on my flyer which I thought would gain me respect and keep nosy realtors from calling me just to call. (but it did not...).
* agent protected 3.5%. If you donâ€™t have an agent and want a good responsive agent in Cobb, I strongly recommend John Doe of John doe realty @ 770-422-john (He will get this listing if it does not sell by 15th Feb 2010.
Once again than you all I will keep you posted if my realtor gets it sold. I tried for 30 days on my own in a neighborhood of 185-200K listings I attempted at 178K on my own and I failed. Lets see how my licensed realtor performs. He is very excited about getting the listing, he will be listing at 175K which is my tax assessed value and I could only agree after my fsbo failure.
I marketed the house on craigslist, AJC, Google real estate. All three free. I never showed the house.
Glen - you would not need promotional flyers if you priced and marketed your property effectively.
Flyers are cheap and relatively ineffective - by the very nature of a flyer box's limited reach, expect some "shrink."
You should prosecute the vandal to the fullest extent of the Cobb County law.
One more thing - if you lived in my neighborhood, then you would be thrilled that the only thing missing from your property for sale is $2.00 worth of ink and paper...
That is not ethical. Flyers are not a good marketing tool as you can not track who is taking your fliers or for getting feedback. A 1-800 # IVR is the best way, then nosy neighbors or unethical realtors can take your fliers.
I wpould agree and put the video on you tube. Good luck.
Keep in mind that agents are here to help and they do have buyers so I would recommend that you honor agents should they bring you a buyer.
You can place a sign asking for takers to take one flyer per car.
I agree, you should post that video on youtube and send all of us a link.
Seriously though, you should call the thief's broker and/or real estate board. That type of behavior is petty, crass and just plain stupid. That agent needs to find a new line of work. Actually, give him my number - I've got some rocks that need relocating, then relocated again in August.
As mentioned I use a rider connected to the MLS listing so my 'flyer' is on 24 hours a day. If you still need any additional help let me know.
Atlanta Housing Source at
Solid Source Realty, Inc.
I would post the video on U-Tube! I can understand why a Realtor may take one of your flyers but
not them all. I am sorry that this Realtor behaved in this manner. Good luck in selling your home.
Hope you have better luck with your lisitng agent! I am sorry to hear about your experience with the drive-by agent. I do believe he is the exception and not the norm. It is common for an agent to take one flyer. I agree with the prior posts which suggested you share the tape with the agent's broker or board office.
Let us know how things are going with the marketing of your property. Best of luck.
I am shocked that anyone would attempt to do such a thing. Realtors take a code of Ethics and what you described to me is not what we are all about. I am sorry to hear about this.
Claire Garvey;Broker,Realtor, CRS
Keller Williams Realty
50 Sewall St. 2nd flr
Portland, Me. 04102
However, in terms of realtors taking one of your flyers, that's not a bad thing. Realtors like to keep up with the inventory in the area for buyers who are out looking.
Taking the whole stack is suspicious, I'd say. More like trying to interfere with your process.
Such a person is unlikely (one hopes!) to be an actual Realtor. There is a strict Code of Ethics that Realtors deliberately sign on to, with considerable seriousness. "Realtor" is not a synonym for "Real Estate Agent".
Since you are clearly observing this activity (otherwise you would be expecting that the brochures were being picked up by members of the public) I think it would be a good idea to intercept and introduce yourself. You could ask for the card of each person, in friendly fashion.
EITHER you would develop a positive relationship where, even though he/she is not listing your property, they might nonetheless think of your property when they have clients needing what you have, in your chosen price-range.
OR you would recognize the individual next time you see your whole supply being removed in one go.
In that event, you should call their Owner-Broker or office manager, as per the card.
The office owner is likely to have, themselves, subscribed to Realtor status and would thus abhor unethical behavior. (I still keep hoping that there's an innocent explanation!!)
If you got no satisfaction, you could invoke the Code of Ethics and complain to the local Board of Realtors.
Having the person in question on your video-tape already, means you could jump straight to the last step, if you did not want to speak to that person directly. Interfering with your process, intentionally, seems like bad behavior!
FSBO flyers are open to the general public for taking. I pick up flyers (FSBO and MLS Listed properties) throughout neighborhoods I am pursuing for my buyers. Since a good number of FSBO properties are not listed in the MLS, as a buyers agent I like to offer my clients a FSBO property option as well. I am certain if a realtor contacted you to show your home, you would agree to pay him/her a reasonable commission.
Any realtor taking multiple flyers as you witnessed should be reported immediately to his/her MLS board and your state Board of Realtors for investigation and formal complaint process. This realtor should be removed from our ranks as quickly as possible.
Professional realtors support homeowners rather the are MLS listed sellers or For Sale By Owners. We understand your reasons for wishing to sell the property on your own (if possible) and remain available to you should you require our services in the future.
Very Best and Warmest Regards,
Remax Equity Group
Taking the entire box of flyer's is a waste of paper,ink & your time...Shame on the agent!!!!
Alta Monroe - So Padre Island
realtors usually have the same experience as you did where the flyers are missing from the box . Most of the time it is kids who alos take down our signs.
If know who it is contact the agent direct or their broker
I used to have a big issue with fliers, but not quite like your situation. Neighborhood kids would just take them and make airplanes.
We now use a sign rider with a text number. You can just send a text and get an e-flyer on the property. The great thing for us as Realtors is our software captures the number from the text and we can follow up with the potential buyer. That's way better than a flyer in my opinion.
Most RealtorsÂ® in my area wouldn't waste time taking flyers as we realize that they are the most ineffective form of advertising available.Get your sefl a property web site and a call for information number. Have people be able to download photos of home to their cell phone.
If you are going to market your home yourself at least use current marketing techniques.