i give my hat off to the others who have been in the industry for 17 & 27 years. i've only been licensed for 8 years. the 3 things that bug me the most are as follows
1. too many cash buyers who drive up prices and wipe out the competition. now believe me, i'm a true capitalist who believes in the free-market. and maybe people can budget better, pull their monies together and get on the same level but it does create a damper when submitting offers.
2. aggressive listing agents who hyper-inflate property values. again, i'm all for the free market... but anyone who's college-educated and learned about "the tragedy of the commons" can tell you that slow & steady is far better a volatile market.
3. unrealistic buyers, especially in phoenix. some people think they can buy a scottsdale property with south phoenix money. people don'[t realize that in order to get a property customized, it has to be THEM doing the customizing.
all in all, being a realtor is no different than other professions where you deal with the public, you have a substantial competitive edge and the majority of people only think they know... when they really don't.