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I know you don’t know me but…

December 3, 2009

Dear Mr./Ms. Big Wig in the Foreclosure Department,Frustrated bean

I know you don’t know me, I am a Realtor® in the very hyper local market where you have homes that you need to sell. For some reason you don’t want to know me, I am not sure why that is.  Looking on a map perhaps you think that Connecticut is just so small to get from one side to the other is about a 15 minute trip. Au contraire I have to say. Maybe you are related to someone on the other side of the state? Or 10 light years away? Or could it be that you just don’t care?

Whatever the real situation is, you are wrong. Let me just tell you a few things.

Winter is coming. You know those people you paid for to winterize the home you now own and want to sell? Believe it or not, sometimes it doesn’t get done, or doesn’t get done properly. That can make for messy homes when the pipes unfreeze, you know what I mean?

Sometimes up here in the northwest corner of Connecticut we have storms that create problems like snow and ice on the side walk (you know, the entry to the house?) or the driveway. We just had a horrible windstorm blow through here and knock trees down. Wonder if the agent you hired to list the property is making the 2 hour trip to protect your interests. (I rather doubt it). I am wondering how you will respond when someone slips and falls on your property and hurts themselves. Or how you feel about people not bothering to show your house because they can’t get in safely?

Connecticut, although small, is a multi MLS state. My area primarily lists on one MLS, yet the agent you hired is not a member. So guess where the listing is NOT? I’m just sayin… It’s like a 007 house, if you know what I mean.

So Mr. Big Wig in the Foreclosure Department, you should smarten up. Get out and look for some local agents to handle your foreclosures, it will work out much better. We understand our local market, pricing issues, weather related issues, we can pop over and check on the house on a regular basis. We will probably work very hard to get your house sold, even though you might not be the easiest person to work with.

The general public is already not happy with you. It doesn’t take an image consultant to figure out that you need to make/have/keep relationships with local Realtors®. (Although if you would feel better about paying for an image consultant, I know lots of Realtors® who would probably oblige.)

And one more thing, you should really require that your agents communicate with buyers agents. A notation in the MLS remarks that states we are not to call with questions is a bit…. well… ridiculous. Quit looking on the dark side of the moon for your agents! The day and age of the Scrooge mentality, of complete arrogance is gone. It really got you nowhere in the first place you know.

One Frustrated Realtor®

PS, have you ever heard the expression “If he/she had a brain they would be dangerous?” That just popped into my mind for no particular reason.

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