Elizabeth Weintraub • Sacramento Real Estate Agent: Why Do Agents Tend to Think the Worst About Each Other?

Why Do Agents Tend to Think the Worst About Each Other?

During an interview yesterday, the interviewer asked about how agents treat each other. Abysmally horrible. Especially when it comes to top producers working with those struggling to make in the industry, which accounts for at least 80% of the agent population, if not more. Us top producers have nothing against them but not so the other way around.

Especially when our practices differ from theirs. We do what works for us and what produces results. There is no real estate school to learn real estate, you know, you learn by doing. So if you close 100 transactions a year, you are likely to gain a lot more knowledge than, say, an agent who closes only 3 or 4 annual sales. Not that I'm bragging, mind you, it's just the way that life works.

Because of that, I do not dwell on what other agents do or even give much credence to what other agents believe. That doesn't mean I am not fully aware that at times my own opinions and ideas could be wrong, that is always a possibility. But I follow my heart and logic whenever I can. I know, an odd blend. Doing what I believe is best to meet my client's goals.

Am I doing a good job with that mission? I believe so. My plethora of 5-star reviews prove it.

With that, I bring you my partner's blog today about buying a new computer. I told her not to buy a Windows machine but see, she doesn't always listen to me, either. You can read more in our personal blog today at this link: Buying Another Computer at Best Buy.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Hi Elizabeth... I treat everyone with respect (until they show me they don't deserve it). And I know that pays off because agents like working with me and it makes transactions much smoother.

As for computers... I'm very happy with my Windows computers... have no interest in going through a learning curve for a MAC. But I don't wander around any big box store like BestBuy to find a new computer. I call my guy who services our computers and he knows what I need in terms of function, memory, etc. and let him do the research for me an provide me with suggestions on which way to go. Thus far after many years he's not steered me wrong!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 6 months ago

Hello Elizabeth - I don't know if I can draw any conclusions between what other agents think of their fellow agents versus buying computers.  Perhaps it's that some people may think each is disposable/interchangeable but those of us closer to the industry in question know that a different situation exists when closer examination takes place.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 6 months ago

Going with out a computer is just not an option these days so you do what you have to do. I am in agreement with Nina - I don't want to learn a Mac as I am a PC gal. I'm glad your partner was able to get a new computer and have her information transferred. 

I am in the camp that worries about themselves. I am not going to critique someone else's work unless I am paying them to do it. We all have things that work for us and learn in our own ways. If someone doesn't care for the way that I do my job, I encourage them to seek out others to compare satisfaction. Not everyone is going to be a good fit with each other. 

Posted by Libby Cousins, Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA (Extraordinary Processing) 6 months ago

Nina Hollander When one hits a certain production number in Sacramento, agents who aren't doing so well tend to resent that agent's success. They watch your listings like a hawk and try to find things you do wrong. It's insanely idiotic how petty and small these agents can be.

It's a bit of a downside for wildly successful agents to have to deal with. Astonished me when I became a target for it. And then it happened over and over. It's nothing I'm doing other than turning in sales.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 6 months ago

Michael Jacobs There is no correlation between jealous agents and new computers. Just so happened my partner and I had different things happen to us yesterday, so we just both wrote about it from our own perspectives.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 6 months ago

That's quite amazing to me, Elizabeth. I've not gotten a sense of that happening here in my immediate market. That would drive me nuts.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 6 months ago

Libby Cousins I'm with you. Just worry about yourself and not what other agents do. I had an agent the other day complain that my listing did not give potential buyers a pest report nor sewer inspection, because she would have had her sellers pay for it.

Not my sellers. Not in a seller's market. And she droned on and on about how she would do it. Finally I had to interrupt to suggest she focus on her own listings and allow others the same right.

Little is worse than an agent who is so wrong and thinks she is so right. Well, maybe a moron would be worse.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 6 months ago

Nina Hollander Not until my production hit the stratosphere did I notice it. Of course, now that I also compare notes with other top producers, it is the same story everywhere. One of my friends lists only million+ homes, and she says buyer's agents constantly report her to MLS when she has done nothing wrong. I thought, oh, pooh, but then they started doing it to me as well.

The upside is that's when you know you've joined the exclusive club of high achievers.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 6 months ago

Elizabeth, I have been scratching my head about the title and the message, I did not see how it connected anyway was this a Bait and Click headline? I will have to ask Michael Jacobs 

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 6 months ago

Hi Elizabeth- most of us are competitive but when you add insecurity to the mix then it's as if they can't be happy unless they're knocking the competition. As for computers...Larry has a fondness for Lenovo Thinkpads and can work on them, so that's what i have. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

I think real estate by nature is competitive!  I've worked with the best and worst.  There have been those who were more focused on putting cans on the shelf than providing any real service to their clients.  And, there have been newer agents who performed really well because they put effort into it and had good broker backup.  One thing that has been an common denominator however, is those that are too off the rails usually don't last long in this profession.  But, they can provide a lot of grief while they are!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 6 months ago

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