When real estate started booming people looking for easy money flocked to real estate in droves. With the lure of easy sales on both sides, it was a gold mine for that part time job.
I have written several times that I think we need to thin the ranks of real estate agents. Not because I want to be mean or see people lose their jobs, but it is not in consumers best interests to work with agents that only do one transaction a year. We need to have fewer agents doing more transactions a year in order to get more qualified agents in the marketplace.
So, in light of my feelings on this, I read this article today. Now I really try and not be judgemental, but what the heck?? An agent breaks into a house to show it to a buyer, and then he gets his license reinstated after a ONE MONTH suspension? According to the article
After arriving at the property, he found no way in. When attempts to contact a locksmith failed, he gained access by breaking a glass window pane with a hammer and unlatching the locked window. He then showed the property to his clients.
After the buyers left, Dignan’s agreement states, Dignan began to clean up the broken glass. At that time, Patricia Strater arrived at the property unexpectedly.
Dignan explained what happened, and she asked him to leave. (Good for her)
The agreements state that Pape replaced the glass in the window pane that day, and within a few days, the Straters‘ house keys were returned.
The Maine Real Estate Commission said Dignan demonstrated a “lack of professional judgment by breaking a window to gain access to the Strater property.”(You think?)
What I want to know is what kind of buyer sits back and watches his agent break a glass pane to a house and then wants to continue to work with them? Wouldn’t that be the ultimate turnoff?
Can you imagine how violated the seller felt by her agent and this buyers agent? Apparently the buyers agent would be okay with someone breaking into his home to show it to a potential buyer. I mean do whatever you need to do to get a sale.
Just in case you were wondering…I don’t break into people’s houses here in Salem Oregon to show them. I actually like to call and make an appointment.
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