I've been pondering the Realtor(R) term, and I think it should be banned.

Asked by Charles Farley, Chantilly, VA Sun May 11, 2008

I was thinking about the term Realtor. It's an invented word made up by an industry. It hides from the consumer the truth. Using "Used house salespeople" and "New house salespeople" is more appropriate. Silly Americans have put trust in salespeople for financial decisions, and we now see where that has led them. Real financial planners aren't allowed to give advice such as "Real estate goes up forever" or whatever lines from the NAR the salespeople belch out. So I'm calling for a ban on the use of the word "Realtor" ... let's call them what they are. New and Used house salespeople. Saving you money is never in their interest, as they work on commission. And much of their advice should be analyzed independently.

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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Sun May 11, 2008
Trulia Voices was created as a forum for buyers, sellers, and RE Pros (Realtors, mortgage reps, appraisers, title reps, etc.) to share information. Somehow, I don't think it was in the biz plan for Trulia Voices to create a place for those who harbor a disdain for Realtors to vent and trash Realtors. Since Trulia solicits brokers and agents to provide real estate listings; Trulia, asks RE Pros to dedicate gratis time to share knowledge and advice, and since Trulia sells online ad space to RE Pros, it doesn’t stand to reason that “Realtor bashing” is Trulia’s focus. Without Realtors, Trulia has no content or revenue.

If you don’t value input from Realtors why are you here? Why wouldn’t you focus your energies on a forum or blog that shares the same philosophies as you?

I don’t have the time or inclination to try to convince you to develop a value Realtors, which is why I rarely comment on these types of threads. I generally ignore those who have no use for my comments, or I for them. Instead, I focus my energy on those with legitimate questions who want to hear what we have to say. But, I remain curious, why are you here?
You can’t find a more worthwhile use of your time? Seems peculiar to me why you would even invest time to come here. So, why are you here?
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Alan May, Agent, Evanston, IL
Sun May 11, 2008
Realtor®, as you know, it the registered trademark of the National Association of Realtors. There are many real estate agents who are NOT Realtors®.

Realtor® has taken on a life of it's own, like Kleenex.
3 votes
Pam Winterba…, Agent, Danville, VA
Sun May 11, 2008
Hey Bubble Boy......

Is there a question here or just more Realtor bashing going on here. Realtors don't give leavan and/or tax advice for the record. Every one is different and the Realtors vs agents subscribe to the code of ethics. I am so sorry you feel this way and have the attitude. Good luck to you in your future!
2 votes
Ute Ferdig, Agent, Auburn, CA
Sun May 11, 2008
What's your question? Your post seems to be more an opinion than a question. You are entitled to your opinion, but it's posted in the wrong place. You should send your request to NAR as they own the trademark "Realtor®."
2 votes
Noel G. Herr…, , San Antonio, TX
Sun May 11, 2008
A "REALTOR" my friend doesn't give financial advice...that's a "LOAN OFFICER"...That's okay ..it's acommon mistake ..Often people confuse the mortgage industry & the real estate industry...A "REALTO" helps find NOT finance a home.....
2 votes
Deborah Ritc…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun May 18, 2008
I was thinking about the term "Bubble Boy", and thinking that IT should be banned. Bubble is just a made up term, and it obfuscates the truth. Using "transitional market" and "market correction" is more appropriate.

Silly Armenians have put their trust in "bubble people" for non-buying decisions, and now we see they're taking a bath... a bubble bath. What up with that?

So I'm calling for a ban on the term "Bubble Boy"... all those who are with me... raise your mouse!
1 vote
Brett Noel, , Los Angeles County, CA
Sat May 17, 2008
I love your comment on saving money. I remember a client that wanted to accept a million dollar offer on their home. I suggested they allow me to go after an initial $50,000 because the home was worth it. The buyer agreed. Funny, the sellers who walked away with $50,000 more, were in joy. The buyers who found their dream home were in joy/ I was in Joy :) Win, Win, Win, Thats what agents strive for :)
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Charles Farl…, Home Buyer, Chantilly, VA
Sun May 11, 2008
The reason you are here is to drop your business card everytime someone asks a question. Similar to Realty Times.

And no, I'm not un-employed. I'm in the top 20% of the households in my region, and I'm single. And I proudly rent. I've been following the housing bubble since 2005.

Any Anti-realtor is backlash against the speculative mania of the past few years.

I consider myself a Real Estate expert because I can come back with just about every positive thing a Realtor says with the truth. And don't go blaming the main stream media for the downturn, they HANDED you years of good times, quoting only the NAR and ignoring what would happen in the future.
1 vote
J R, , New York, NY
Sun May 11, 2008
I've been pondering the wisdom of giving out free information on websites such as this, which only encourage unemployed bitter renters to migrate over from Craigs List and flame the boards.
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