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Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

Within past 6 months I informed a potential Buyer that I was not a tour guide, so they needed a preapproval before viewing homes and then isolating the list to the homes that ONLY meet their criteria. 

Feb 23, 2015 07:11 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I don't seem to have a problem with the ethics side of things (they just don't ask) so I would say it is the reality of it. I tend to be very upfront with my clients and prepare them for what I see happening. Some appreciate it and some don't as you can imagine. I don't like to blow smoke and want my clients to be grounded and not fall flat.

Feb 23, 2015 07:33 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

William Feela , Annette Lawrence if you are going to succeed you must follow the process! 

  1. Get Qualifed or preaproved for a loan or a proof of funds if you are cash buyer!
  2. follow directions 
  3. Didn't think of the h___ no scenero Annette
Feb 23, 2015 04:01 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Last month...they wanted to look at homes without getting qualified.

Feb 23, 2015 12:59 AM
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

The last time was because of ethics.   He wanted me to lie about issues on the property,

Feb 22, 2015 11:04 PM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

It wasn't really a "no",  it was an "I can't help you".  A seller wanted to list the house at $1.5mm when the market was trending towards a $1.2mm listing price. He listened and will wait to see what the market does. 

Feb 23, 2015 09:47 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Since we don't get paid by the hour, we need to establish some standards and boundaries; standard for yourself and boundaries for people you deal with. its not very hard to say "NO", but sometimes I do!!! Just like marriage it does not get any better as the time goes, once probelems start creeping up

Feb 23, 2015 07:34 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Usually, it is a reality. Most of clients think that their situation is unique. Yes and no. There are some basic rules that we all must follow and we need to work as a team to get the best possible result the client expects from hiring me.

Feb 23, 2015 04:59 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I tread very lightly around ethical questions Vern Eaton . Those corners can't be cut!

Feb 23, 2015 04:05 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The last time.....that would be Feb 22, 2015.

Like every agent on the planet, the buyer and I meet at the office to make sure the buyer can be found should I go missing.

"You tell me you've been looking to buy for over 8 months now you want to get serious. OK, let's get started."

During that meeting, there is important business that must be discussed. That business involves the methods used to sell real estate and how those methods effect my compensation. When it is revealed an ambush was intended in the form of a rebate, the reality that 'NO' or "H*** NO" is not only possible but assured, the buyer has a choice. 

After 8 months of rejection I'm sure he's still tolling for a desperate agent.

Feb 22, 2015 11:11 PM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

Praful takes that decision.

Jul 02, 2018 10:33 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Coming to this Q after a long time!

If my client wants to do something unethical, I do say 'NO', Paul.

Feb 19, 2018 08:49 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Last week, based on reality.

Feb 19, 2018 05:19 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

An ethical or reality deficit are both excellent reasons for saying "NO".

Feb 24, 2015 05:15 AM
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

 Paul when it comes to questions of ethics, professionalism, unrealistic renovations, scheduling and fixed terms from a client, the answer is beyond the realm of choice for me.  Example:  Seller has made clear there will be no pre-closing move in, or that their home will not be shown later than a certain hour, I would say "no" to showings past that time.  IF serious buyer has a very compelling reason: love house, have to catch flight out tonight and want to make an offer; but need to walk through again to be certain.  Then I will call seller, and give them the option.  


I would not take it on myself to reject or counter an offer; but would do my best to give my client the pros and cons needed to make a sound decision.



Feb 24, 2015 12:16 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

I walked away from a listing.  I refused to list the property because the Sellers were totally unrealistic on their price.  I told them to call me when they cam down to reality.

Feb 23, 2015 10:28 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It happens from time to time. it is not just ethics or reality, it is about our written culture and core values we follow for both ourselves and our clients. For instance we are grateful for those who out their trust in us but they also should be grateful for the service we bring them.

Feb 23, 2015 09:17 PM
Odaly Victorio
Team Victorious at Keller Williams Realty - Jupiter, FL
Marketing Expert

I don't have a problem when it has to do with ethics.  In fact a turned a buyer away just the other day because they already had an agent that didn't jump to their beck and call on a Sunday.  How ever I have trouble with the tire kickers....

Feb 23, 2015 08:23 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Paul -- I don't remember the last time, maybe because I don't have a problem saying "no" for either of these reasons. It's not a question of saying "no," it's how you say it to get your message across.

Feb 23, 2015 08:08 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The ethics part is easy... black and white on what we can and can not do to be professional. The reality part... the if expectations are higher than they should be, the demands out of whack it is a simple case. I can not help them. But good luck, no ill feelings or snarky happens. It is like a doctor or lawyer who gives advice, they don't like what you have to say and nope, not signing on. Run to other appointments where you can do good, get results. Next! 

Feb 23, 2015 07:46 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Just this evening I said no to a showing because they cannot buy until early summer.  This home will not be available then.  These folks are the parents to my favorite all time Clients.  

Feb 23, 2015 10:22 AM