“We are legally required to disclose any defects that we are aware of. In many states — but not all — we’re also required to disclose things like murders.”

“So all those showings, open houses, follow-up phone calls, texts, and emails morning-till-night? We don’t get paid for that.”

“Realtor.com and Zillow can be good resources for matching agents with buyers and sellers, but a lot of people click ‘contact agent’ with questions or showing requests that have no real intention to buy. They expect us to spend half a Saturday (or a holiday even!) showing them homes so they can be looky loos. We pay hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars for those leads each month and it’s really annoying when it’s just people clicking. Now, most of us require a loan pre-qualification letter or proof of funds.”

“In my state, we follow caveat emptor, aka ‘buyer beware.’ So, yes, lots of googling, but that isn’t done by me as that could be a massive liability on my part if I miss something. I advise clients to personally check local police records as well as the sex offender list for that area if they have concerns.”

“It’s a very dangerous job. I always require new clients to meet me at my office first, or text me a copy of their license. I let them know that this will be held on record with my office and that they check in with me during appointments and showings to make sure we are safe. Being alone with strangers in a vacant home is at the top of the list of things we were taught to never do when we were kids.”

“I once was at a listing appointment and the guy selling told me ‘he didn’t expect me to show potential buyers a good time in the master bedroom’ to get it sold. He also made a comment about me showing the house in a bikini. I immediately left the listing appointment and didn’t take his calls anymore. We all carry pepper spray and stun guns for that reason.”

“At least that we’re told about! If we weren’t told by current homeowner, then we’re not liable to disclose.”

“We have the hookups with all the best and most affordable people in town who we know will show up and do a good job.”

“If your home is for sale and you still have belongings in there, I recommend having interior cameras in place. Even with an agent there to watch over people during showings, I’ve seen people snoop through personal stuff. I’ve even seen agents snoop through closets.”

“When I see bad photos for a listing, I immediately know that the agent is either new, cheap, or horrible to work with. You want that sweet, sweet wide angle lens, colors that pop, and lighting that makes every space feel open and welcoming.”

“Specifically, put your drugs away. We know who owns the house, and if we see that, we are required to tell the management company or owner.”

“On TV, they make it look like all Realtors do is get dressed up, show houses, and talk on the phone. In real life, I’m constantly doing lots of hands-on dirty jobs to get a house ready to sell. I’m always checking stuff out and getting things working.”

“It’s not uncommon for Million Dollar Listing wannabes to call and rip your listing a new one, or try to tell you what you’re doing wrong or why it won’t ever sell. They’re just trying to get you to budge on the price or be more willing accept a lowball offer.”

“It’s amazing how poorly some cat owners will clean before a showing. Our practice is we ask the owner to take the cat with them (so it doesn’t sneak out a door as someone is entering/leaving) and we ask them to empty the litter box. I’ve shown up before our showings to find totally full litter boxes, cat throw up on the rug, or fur balls rolling around the house. I always bring a ‘Cat Cleanup’ toolbox with me to any house that has a cat.”

“People who haven’t been inside a home or have no knowledge of the market or local real estate prices LOVE to leave their two cents in the comments on Facebook. I work near the coast and the best is when people comment ‘Oh, that for sure floods. No one should buy that, it’s money down the drain’ type stuff. Check the flood maps honey, it’s not in a flood zone and it’s been there for 50 years and never seen water. Bye Felicia.”

“It’s relatively easy to get your real estate license — in most states in the US, it’s a 100-hour course followed by a 60-question multiple choice exam — but the workload and competition to actually be a productive agent and make any money AT ALL from it is extremely difficult. The majority of real estate agent licensees drop out of the industry within their first two years of being licensed, and only half of those licensed ever sell even ONE property.”

“There are more costs associated with being a real estate agent, and especially a Realtor (which is a trademarked professional organization that you have to pay for separately from getting your license) than most realize. Between license fees, realtor dues, MLS fees, splits/desk fees with your brokerage, and marketing materials, it’s pretty difficult to even make a living as an agent, let alone get rich.”

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked in on people in their underwear in the middle of the day watching Game of Thrones on the couch!”

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