Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Company)

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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Put gum in her hair and move one!

May 17, 2016 01:38 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Let me know when the episode of Judge Judy will be televised with the outcome of this ploy.   

May 17, 2016 10:05 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!


1) y'a fired

2) i'm willing to have it fixed... I'll get three bids for you

3) if not, feel free to take me to court.

She should feel fortunate that my photographer isn't suing her for getting tetanus in her home.  Unsafe work conditions.

May 17, 2016 01:08 PM
Demarco & Marisa
Remax Kings Realty - Riverside, CA
"The Choice is Clear!"

Is her contractor related to her? Because if so, they're in on this one together. I'd do like Candice said and get a few more bids and start the negotiating from there. Get it fixed and fire her ASAP. Sheesh! ~Marisa

May 17, 2016 11:23 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Some folks are not worth the trouble, have the photographer send her a bill for his pants, and let Patricia Kennedy put gum in her hair, then find a better client.

May 17, 2016 06:11 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Three bids should enlighten the claim

May 17, 2016 12:04 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

No I would offer to get it repaired which would be way less than $1,000.00.

May 17, 2016 11:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Not clear whose pants leg got caught... yours or photographers. Both of you should be carrying some liability insurance for this, just don't know if the deductible is too high to call on it. That aside, I would tell homeowner that I would get them three bids and if they still want their own person, I'd reimburse for the average of the three bids. Seller's contractor would really have to justify the excess cost before I'd pay him.

May 17, 2016 10:18 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Nope - I will offer to have it repaired properly but in no way will a $50 job cost me $k - in fact I would make sure that contractor knows I am a real estate agent and he better watch his step!

May 17, 2016 09:56 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   Diss this Seller.  Let her sue the photographer and/or you.  She won't stand a chance in court.

May 17, 2016 03:52 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

That's a $50.00 repair in CA at best and we're pricey. It's a shakedown.

I'd tell her I'm getting 3 estimates to get the guys price into reality, or she can take it from my commission when we close.

Although, the photographer should cover it with his insurance or help you resolve it $$$ since it's his/her fault.

May 17, 2016 01:13 PM
Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

OMG! You have got to be kidding me, $1000? That's just crazy. Tell her that's unreasonable, $100 at the most or nothing! and move on!

May 17, 2016 12:05 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ugh, listen to Candice A. Donofrio and Sybil Campbell 

May 17, 2016 11:32 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Pay me 1000, I'll patch em.
Yeah, with Sybil Campbell
on this. Shakedown.

May 17, 2016 11:16 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

NO way, that is insane for what is shown. 

May 17, 2016 10:13 PM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

professional photographer should be insured and bonded, dont get into a fight about this or let it detract from doing your job.

May 17, 2016 05:53 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Alan May for the win. I mean unless a big ass flat screen fell and broke when the shelf fell down then I'd go with Alan's plan and on the advice to fire that client... oh yeah.

May 17, 2016 01:41 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

$1000? For doing what? A brand new wall and hand-crafted shelving?

May 17, 2016 12:33 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

A difficult situation but I don't see $1,000 worth of wall damage there to repair.  What all was damaged / broken?

May 17, 2016 12:08 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

This is an indication of things to come. It might be better to move on and let someone else tangle with this seller.

May 18, 2016 01:04 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Gum in the hair sounds like the best solution to me.

May 18, 2016 12:27 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Insane!  I don't know of any contractors (even the pricey guys) who would charge a grand for that!

May 18, 2016 07:20 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I wouldn't pay it!

May 18, 2016 04:22 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think that Bob Crane has the perfect formula.  Sounds like your friend's client is a bully, and is going to pocket the $$ your friend gives her.  A

May 18, 2016 02:04 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

The photographer should have had insurance for such events. Good luck! SInce he was working for you, you are ultimately responsible. $1000? Not a chance; that is gouging!

May 18, 2016 01:36 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

Tell her three bids and you will use one of her selections, but want two independent ones. Most courts will agree that this solution is fair. $1,000 is outrageous!

May 18, 2016 01:27 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Sometimes a good deal is getting out of a bad deal.  Tell her you will pay a reasonable amount, but not $1000.  Also it would be a mutual benefit to both agree to terminate the listing agreement.

May 18, 2016 12:21 AM
Stephanie & John Webb
Latte Stone Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Stephanie Webb Co-Owner, Latte Stone Realty, LLC

That is rediculous. 

May 17, 2016 11:49 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Let the photographer take care of the problem he caused.

May 17, 2016 11:33 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Get a couple of bids. No way it is $1,000 o repair this. Sounds like her contractor should be investigated. Is he licensed? Had any complaints filed with the BBB or state licensing agency?

Next, drop the listing!

May 17, 2016 11:19 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I like Alan May 's response...

May 17, 2016 10:57 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I would hold firm on not letting that happen. Excessive costs & quote there. Looks to me like simple hole repair.

She plans to use the extra money for a cruise.

May 17, 2016 10:30 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck.

May 17, 2016 08:56 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Mimi Foster I am with Alan May on this. I don't like to be bullied...

May 17, 2016 02:52 PM
Grace Hanamoto
Intero Real Estate - Sunnyvale, CA
Quality, Knowledge, Professionalism, Experience

Okay, I get it, and I see it.

First, let me preface this by saying I spent 25 years prior to being a Realtor full time working as an HOA manager...now THAT is a job that will try your patience every single day of your life because repairs and damages are all an HOA manager deals with all day long. Homeowners are very "King/Queen" of the proverbial castle when they are dealing with repairs that OTHER people are going to pay for.  If THEY have to pay for it, then it's the cheapest guy, but if YOU will pay for it, they want the "McClaren" repair for the Daihatsu ding.

Now that having been said, if there is money in my commission to pay for the repair THEIR way, I'm going to do it. Yes, it's patently unfair, the homeowner is being a bully and taking advantage, but unless I want to go to war with this owner (a proposition that I promise will cost WAY MORE than $1000 in your time lost, time in court, and/or added repairs because "your guy did it wrong" or worse--vindictive people can be very inventive in their version of "payback"), its simply not worth the perceived savings and loss of good will.

Every single time I chose the conciliatory road, I won in the end by making a difficult situation less traumatic for all involved.

The only thing I would insist upon, however, is paying the repair person directly for the repairs rather than giving any money to the homeowner. depending on the circumstances, sometimes it really is better simply to play along and pay to get the job done and the sale back on track.  

May 17, 2016 02:30 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The liability of the photographer will not exceed what he gets paid for.


May 17, 2016 12:17 PM