Am I your chauffer or Your Real Estate Agent?
Time by time a bunch of us (REALTORS®) get together and talk
about life and interesting stories that had happened to us, etc. Once I was
talking to a friend and I found out he has quit his real estate activities and
had opened a small dry cleaning business instead. When I asked him why he did
that, he responded as follow:
One of my friends called me and said his friend had come
from overseas and temporary staying with him, but he wants to lease a house in
the neighborhood xyz. His English is not that good and he doesn’t know any of
the area and he doesn’t have transportation. He would appreciate if I show them
some property and help him to find a place to lease because his family is coming
to U.S in a couple of weeks.
I said sure, no problem. I met the gentleman and went
through some of the process and explained to him how the things work here and so
on. I showed him some houses from MLS on computer and I start making
appointments and looking some houses.
Every morning I went and picked him up from his place
showed him a couple of houses which at the end he did not like them and brought
him back to his place. However, usually on the way back to his place, he was
asking if I could stop by a grocery store that he could by something for his
house AND I DID (I know what you are going to say).
This was going on everyday and he was not happy with any of
the houses I had shown him. On the fifth day, on the back to his house, he asked
me if I could go to a Wal-Mart that was in different area of the town to
purchase something. At that time I got upset and questioned myself “Am I his
chauffer or his Real Estate Agent?” I believe he was using me as a chauffer
to run his errands and not liking the houses was excuse to use me more. I got
upset, dropped him as my client and quit being real estate agent.