HOW DO YOU VIEW THE WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE ON NAR?
It has been some time since I have read such scathing things about the real estate profession, but this one takes the cake: article recently published by The Washington Post.
I believe we all recognize the frailties of the real estate business and the agents who fill the ranks. This article points out the most obvious problems and covers the worst offenses--and does nothing to mitigate the negative attitudes faced by the better segment of this profession.
Maybe I am wrong but I see the agent population in this industry as split into four very different parts; all with varying reputation results:
- The established "Old Guard" of agents who have been in the business for 15-20 or even 30 years and bring professional experience and recognizable value beyond words..
- The newer agent population made up of a combination of younger, very hard working agents and those in the learning curve, on their way to some sort of "Stardom"!
- Part timers who take up desk space and rarely put in the time that is necessary to become proficient.
- Then there are the smaller numbers of agents who hang their license with a brokerage and never appear at the place of business!
In my view there is such animosity, mostly undeserved, directed toward the real estate agent in particular that it is very hard to get unbiased public opinion polls.
In my opinion the main reason we lose so many good agents to other industries is that, in real estate, you have to be super-human to deal with the onslaught of verbal abuse, unappreciative attitudes, major rejection and other general difficulties that the greater number of agents have learned to live with!
WHAT SAY YOU???
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Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995; Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York
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