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Francesca Pa…, Real Estate Pro in Manasquan, NJ

Agent prospects seller who is CURRENTLY LISTED w/another agency

Asked by Francesca Patrizio, Manasquan, NJ Sat Feb 28, 2009

Seeking your thoughts . . . Seller interviews 3 agents and makes her choice. 2 months into the listing one of the interviewees sends an email to seller (1) boasting about his recent sales, (2) providing false derogatory commentary about their current listing (easily disputed) and finally, (3) makes a case for himself. Don't know about you, I've always believed it was inappropriate to contact Sellers currently listed with an agency. Has something changed that I don't know about?

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Not the first time I've heard this one! Still unethical. Sounds like sour grapes on the part of the agent who didn't get selected. There are enough clients out there for us all without this type of behavior. I have always been grateful for the home listings where I've been selected, and just figured God had a different plan for me on the ones where I didn't get selected. All of us know we aren't going to 'click' with each and every seller we encounter. That other agent has the opportunity to sell that home - as the buyer's agent. If it happened to me, I might have my broker make a call to their broker. Sellers don't necessarily know this isn't acceptable practice, but they are smarter than the average bear about picking up on the fact that agents who talk negatively about other agents are really saying more about themselves.
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I would suggest you file an ethics complaint against this agent immediately, this sort of boorish and unethical behavior is what gets us Realtors a bad name in the mind of the general public.
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My one word answer: UNETHICAL.
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Sounds like solicitation to me!

Since this is targeted to a specific property versus a mass mailing or e-mail broadcast that uses the solicitation disclaimer. I suggest your broker contact (verbal & written) the other agents broker and if this continues, contact both the local board and NJAR. Solicitation is a breach of the Code of Ethics.
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The agent should be reported this is a definite ethics violation
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Highly unethical! You could probably report his person to your RE board for disciplinary action. To the best o my knowledge,other agent can only contact seller if seller contacts them first(i.e.listing is about to expire & seller wants to change agents--contacts other agents to discuss listing) Even when there is a contract going on,we are not allowed to speak to the buyer/seller on the other side.
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