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Fran Kuykend…, Home Seller in Albany, KY

They do say , do not do business with family & friends. I sure have found this to be true more times than not.

Asked by Fran Kuykendall, Albany, KY Sun Apr 27, 2008

I have known and respected this man since I was 12 Yrs. . He is & has been good in Realistate for a lot of years. My husband had been killed in an auto accident, so he knew that I really needed to sell and soon as possible, It is just to much for me to maintain physically, or financially alone. He took pictures the day he brought the contracts down for me to sign. They are just awful, they look like you would think of a country hick cabin, with a large price beside it. I told him how I felt about how bad they lookked and ask him to change. My son & I have Made hundreds of great pictures & disks. , I have made numerous flyers, keep new ones at all the docks, mail out a lot, advertised in about 25 cities, I put it on Local Cable station, I put it on the internet, I've put it in the local paper. I always gave him copies of new pictures, They were never changed. I live on a deadend rd. He did put up a sign. He does't want to let it go , but he makes No effort to sell. Priced Low.

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Remember, there's always three sides to the story; your side, my side and the truth! Fran, if he's been "good in Realistate" (sic) then I assume he knows what he's doing. You seem to have done some collateral marketing but you state "with a large price beside it" and then at the end you state, "Priced Low"? What is it? Either way, I assume your property has not sold. You may wish to ask this invididual for a "marketing plan" and then ask for an update. If he looks at your with a blank stare or objects--then kindly and lovingly, ask out of the contract. Jus state, " I really respect you as a friend and wish to keep that relationship attached. So why don't we just move on and YOU let me out of the listing agreement?" If that does not work then take it to an attorney. Most Realtor/Licensees really don't want to work with someone who wishes to END a business relationship.
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Hi Fran. I am sorry for all your trouble, and I agree with you that it is harder to do business with friends or family at times. I think a reason for that is that we expect more from them and if we are not happy we feel uncomfortable letting them know because we don't want to hurt their feelings and compromise our relationship with them. I think we all find ourselves in a situation like this at one time or another and there's no easy way out without hurting his feelings, but if he's as close a friend as you describe he'll understand. I know I sound like Dear Abby but my heart really does go out to you.
Irina
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Hi Fran,
Sorry to hear what you have been through and to also have to deal with a Realtor who doesn't sound like he's is really working for you. I have to agree with Charles that sad to say not all Realtors are equal. If you are not happy with him then by all means cancel the contract. Ask around friends and see if they can recommend someone. Don't forget you are hiring someone to do a job for you so by all means interview them and ask lots of questions. Also remember that the price you want for your house may not be what the market says it's worth, ask the agent to get you a CMA and also look at what houses in the area have sold for because in there times that can be a effective way to price your home.

Good luck with everything.
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Dear Fran,
I am very sorry to hear about your husband and all that you have to deal with at this time in your life.
I do not like to hear about a friend or anyone else that is not doing a professional job. If you have spoken with your friend and he is still not doing what you have ask of him, the next step is to speak with his broker. If you do not get satisfaction there move on to your local Real Estate Board and they will help you to resolve any issues that you have. (New York State Association of REALTORS 130 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210 Phone: 518.463.0300 Fax: 518.462.5474)

Our business is built with the help of family and friends, this is not the way that one friend would help another. I wish you the best in getting your problems resolved, you have to many other things to take care of and you should not have to deal with a realtor that you are not pleased with.

Charles Coachman
Keller Williams Realty
San Jose, CA
ccoachman@kwsv.com
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