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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Much like which comes first the chicken or the egg 

Jul 26, 2015 11:14 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

To that extent, a Doctor with no patients is unemployed.  A plumber with no clogged drains is unemployed.   And yet, both would have set hours and if they work weekends, it is at a premium price.

I like to look at it as my clients rewarding me with money for being a key player on their team.  We work together for a satisfying end result and very rarely would it be on a weekend  or late at night!

Jul 26, 2015 02:05 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We work for our clients.

Feb 20, 2019 09:53 PM
Toronto, ON

In my juridiction, the buyer or seller hires the brokerage, not the sales representative or broker.

Jul 26, 2015 08:37 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Evelyn - Well the buyer or seller hires us, so I would say we work for them.

Jul 26, 2015 04:07 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I work for my Buyer or my Seller, but I am also a professional advisor. My buyer gets my service FREE, while my Seller only pays, if I sell his home.

I may be at times employed, but I may not make any money doing it.

Jul 26, 2015 11:45 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

My job is to balance current clients with finding new clients. If i had no current clients, i would be busting my but to find some. Provising a great service to current clients insures they will refer my future clients who find me. 

Jul 26, 2015 09:11 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

we're hired by the client to represent the client.... 

Jul 26, 2015 08:47 AM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

We're independent contractors, and therefore not employees. 

Jul 26, 2015 07:43 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Well, the buyer or seller hire us Evelyn Johnston ......

Jul 26, 2015 06:49 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The agent is the fiduciary and works for the client, the buyer or seller. The seller or buyer client does not owe fiduciary duties back to the real estate agent. This is not to say that the working relationship cannot be terminated by the agent even though the agent is not the client. Either can terminate.

Jul 26, 2015 05:26 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

If we are not putting our clients' needs ahead of our own, within our boundaries; we stay unemployed. I say we work for them, like an attorney works for us, etc.

Mon-Sat 8-6 I work for them. After 6pm and Sundays, I'm protected by my boundaries to have a a life and enjoy it with my family. I'd be a poor Realtor if my family suffered for my success at work: balancing, always balancing. Happy to walk the dog with my bride. 

Jul 26, 2015 04:15 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

there are some agents who do set their own hours etc. They don't answer emails , they don't answer the phone, they don't show houses. they just have convinced some people that they are the best and to use them. sounds crazy but true. and folks see their signs everywhere and say "they must" be the best. very sad. oohh... they sometimes respond when yelled at or in emergency. When the female lion has hunted, made a kill, eaten her fill, will she chase the next crippled deer after she is walking off the big meal. no! i say :)

Jul 26, 2015 03:58 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Good point, we used to say, "you are as good as your last deal!" Happy Sunday, 

Jul 26, 2015 01:55 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Interesting question. I believe that the Realtor worked for his her clients.

Jul 26, 2015 01:31 AM