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So one of my listings sold, and in an effort to raise my social media scores, I asked the seller to make a Zillow account and post a review. Which NEVER got posted. So I had to ask him to please write ANOTHER review. Which he did. And this is the response from Zillow: ~`~~ Thank you for your review of Janet R Bidwell on Zillow. Unfortunately, it did not meet our Review Guidelines and was rejected by our moderators. However, with a few edits, Zillow might be able to publish it. Here's some specific feedback from the moderator: Review does not contain a sufficient level of detail to be useful. Please provide specifics about your experience working with the pro. Include specific examples and information that support your ratings. Thanks for contributing and helping others in the Zillow community find great agents. ~~~ It was a 3 sentence review, I read it when he sent it! How ridiculous.
This is some of the most ridiculous advice I've seen in a long time. Rather than pick it apart point by point (the ridiculous notion that agents in the same office COMPARE NOTES). . . your thoughts? http://homebuying.about.com/od/realestateagents/f/070709_Interview-Agents-Same-Company.htm
My first listing was a FSBO referral, a neighbor of a friend. My first sale was also my first up call. I had floor time with another agent. I was afraid to answer the phone, and I told him he could have all the calls! BUt the phone rang and he said I had to answer. It was a sign call. He helped me get the key, told me what to do, I went and showed the house. After I was finished with the floor time, I went home for lunch (I had a second showing of the FSBO later), and while I was eating my cell rang. It was the man I'd had the up call from, he wanted to show the house to his family. So I ran back, showed it again and he put in an offer, saying "I'lll bet this is the easiest sale you ever made" (later I told him it was also my FIRST, LOL!). I ran from that house to the former FSBO and got an offer on that one too, so those were my first and second sales. Wasn't this real estate thing easy? :0)
Put 5 a day on phone call status... Just give them a call and say "Hey, I was thinking about you, so figured I would call and see how things are going.. blah blah blah.. Hey, since I have you on the phone, can I update my contact info on you? I am on a new kick to stay in better touch with everyone, if ok can I have your address to shoot you out letters, etc? 21 touches a year after that.. hehe
Janet: No, they were legally entitled to the referrals. I simply (honestly) forgot to pay them, because we were doing so many deals it was hard to keep track of it all. They did a year end audit and found my omissions. As it WAS honest on my part, I was shocked to learn of my mistakes. And writing those checks was not fun.
What about calling 'shotgun'? Now, you had to be able to actually see the car before you called it, so most disputes revolved around the actual sighting of the car vs. when 'shotgun' was actually called. Very tough to determine if someone had really seen the car or not. Near impossible to prove. Nonetheless, it was almost always resolved with a round of fisticuffs. If you won - you got shotgun