Apparently people know me better than I know me. There’s another Portland real estate related blog that makes that clear and is so derogatory and uninformed/hateful that it can’t be left without comment. For those of you that think you know me but have never met me I’ll make the same offer here that I made over there:
I’m happy to have coffee/beer with any of you so you can get to know me (including the site owner who is anonymous). I’ll pay for the first round so if you want to leave it won’t have cost you anything more than your time. If you think I am blowing sunshine up your skirt about real estate at the end of it that is your right but until then you have no right to belittle me and my family here though I know some of you will.
If you don’t believe that real estate is personal and believe that your Realtor is out for nothing but the dollar you will/might get screwed. You are entrusting someone with a life altering transaction. The real estate industry brought much of the ill will on itself but don’t take it out on me unless you know me. INTERVIEW YOUR REALTOR AND ASK FOR REFERRALS! Ask tough questions of the person before putting life changing decisions in their hands whether it be doctors, lawyers or Realtors. If your Realtor relationship begins with a call from a sign in a yard and then an offer on that property, you have an issue. We won’t represent a buyer for a listing we have even though it is legal to do so (and lucrative). We refer it to someone else. Dual agency on resale homes should not be legal but it is. How many Realtors will tell you that? Barriers to entry and license maintenance in real estate too low; yes. 100+ past clients didn’t attend our holiday party to throw a drink in my face. Have I loved and been loved by every past client? No, unfortunately. Have I done my best to prevent that? I feel like I have but my perception may not have been their reality.
If you don’t want to work with me the feeling is probably mutual but if you have something to say at least say it here with some modicum of respect.