It is not your problem if the agent has kids at home who need new school clothes, or if he is about to have his home and car reposessed because he has not been paid in three months. If he is burnt out he needs to move on to a job where he gets paid for simply putting in the hours.
For your own mental health, have a little compassion on somebody who went over the edge. Then try to put this out of your mind and move on to another agent who will behave in a more professional manner.
Please accept another appology from those of us in the community who think that this was very bad judgement on the part of the agent, even if you HAD BEEN an unreasonable buyer.
Thanks for showing us all how hurtful this like of attitude can be! One good thing about the tougher market is that we might weed out some agents who just don't have the heart for it.
I have had similiar experience in looking for homes in my area. There are some (including several just on this post with saying "there are two sides"...."I'd like to hear his side" ) that still just don't get it. There are no other sides!!!! The days of easy money, bidding up property values, and several offers on homes are OVER. The buyer is now in the driver seat!!! You will have to bend over backwards, change your way of thinking, and insist that your sellers lower their ridiculous prices in order to bring the well-informed, qualified buyer back to the table. The final sentence in that letter tells the story all too well. The agent was concerned about one thing and one thing only, THERE BOTTOM LINE!!! And for the agents out there, is telling a potential buyers "don't bother with real estate" really a good way to work through the mess housing is in nowadays? I know serveal of you will say "well that's just a few bad apples". Well, I'm here to tell you as a buyer who has been in the market for over a year, if there are good, caring, honest agents out there, THEY are the exception, not the rule.
This is clearly an individual that does not understant the meaning of "professionalism."
It also comes as a reminder that any business, any societal group, or organization is truly an extension of our society bringing with it all sorts of issues, weaknesses, twisted views, limited understanding & knowledge etc. etc.
No, we haven't seen anything quite like this.
An important note is that this is NOT the way good real estate professionals behave but does cast a shadow over the profession that the rest of us have to deal with.
Well, essentially you were "fired", but you should consider yourself lucky. You don't want to be represented by someone who has a different agenda than representing you.
Where are you looking? I am no realtor (I am actually a huge critic) but if you are looking in the suburban Philadelphia market (Bcks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties) I know a few really good realtors and can send you info if you want. I have worked with them before, so I am personally (not professionally as I am no realtor or employed whatsoever by the real estate business) referring them.
Good luck in your search!
I am so sorry for your unpleasant experience. I guess the best way for me to sum up that letter is by saying....."Well, that's a DIFFERENT business model...."
Much to my chagrin, I have been contacted by several people/families in the past 18 months who have received similar letters and/or calls from their previous agents, which is incredible to me... Thankfully, we were able in each instance to work with these clients and assisted them through a professionally conducted real estate transaction, and they're now happily settled into their homes! In each instance, we found these people/families to be seriously looking for homes, but not having pleasant experiences, and we were delighted to help them through the process.
As in any industry, there are the fantastic, the mediocre, and the less-than-stellar. Please let me know if you'd like assistance in locating a professional Realtor in your area. I'd be happy to connect you with someone. I have agents throughout the state that I can recommend highly - who are tried and true, and work with you to ensure a smooth - and even enjoyable - experience throughout.
Again, I'm sorry for your experience thus far. Let me know if I can be of any assistance!
Happy home searching!
Jennifer in Lancaster Co., PA
Sounds like the Real Estate person was venting in frustration. This letter never should have been mailed. I apologize for the poor choice that was made and encourage you to try a Realtor when you decide to do business in the future. Melissa
... by publishing it on a national web forum, like Trulia.
Sounds like a mistake to me... now, if you're still interested in looking for homes, go out and find an agent who's a better match. Don't overburden them with "horror stories" about your former Realtor (nobody likes to hear about the "EX"... just explain upfront what you expect from your agent.