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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
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Several options Susan...

  1. They dont trust people in their own organization.
  2. They are impressed with everything they have read about you online and elsewhere.
  3. They would like to get to know you better and would like to have you working in their firm eventually.
  4. Possibly a scammer pretending to be someone that they are not.
Jul 20, 2016 04:49 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Recruiting?

Crummy Buyer that will look at 100 houses before changing their mind?

      ? ? ?

Jul 20, 2016 08:03 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Susan,

It is a recruiting maneuver.  We saw it with a company that was moving into Northern California when we were living there.  One of the agents they were after was our client who was harassed day in and day out by them.  A

Jul 20, 2016 03:46 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

My first thought is a different way of recruiting. Curiouser and curiouser, as Alice would say

Jul 20, 2016 03:45 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Bob Crane nailed this one...

Jul 20, 2016 09:07 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Very interesting.  I like some of the answers you've received on it too.  Never thought of it as a recruitting thing.  I'd at least call them and take the client.

Jul 20, 2016 07:54 AM
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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
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As one who has gotten referrals from agents in franchise offices, I have a different take.

The quality of the buyer is so poor that no one wants to pay a referral fee on them.

Eve

Jul 20, 2016 06:24 AM
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Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
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I would return the call and get to the bottom of it.  If it is recruiting tell them you aren't interested.  I always tell folks I'll probably die with a baloon over my head!

Jul 20, 2016 04:27 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Susan Haughton I agree with Jeff Dowler CRS . Here's a referral. When you close the deal, come and work for us.

Jul 20, 2016 04:26 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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I think they want you to come work for them.

Jul 20, 2016 03:47 AM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
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Defiantly a clever recruiting attempt Susan.

Jul 20, 2016 03:41 AM
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Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

Just sounds like a scam of some sort

Jul 26, 2016 12:57 AM
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Susan,

 i have read many answers here and I think it is recruiting are you going to call?

Jul 23, 2016 09:31 AM
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Willis, TX
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I would call, find out about the client and then ask the question why they chose you.  Sometimes I believe people to honestly look for someone who would make a good fit to the client instead of just reaching out to a big name company.

Jul 23, 2016 01:58 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Could be they have been reading your blog and like the way you do business.  I will often stray from our own company when making referrals to find the right match, even if I don't personally know who I am referring to.  I read up on the posts here on AR and get a sense of the personality.

Jul 21, 2016 10:04 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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Sounds like a scam to me

Jul 20, 2016 11:14 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

You are being recruited!

Jul 20, 2016 10:17 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Be thankful for referrals if they are real. You may have been recommended.

Jul 20, 2016 09:39 PM
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Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
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I would call and ask them-perhaps they are recruiting you, or the buyer found you on the internet and likes what they saw? Why not call?

Jul 20, 2016 07:16 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
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 That is really odd.  Now I'm wondering who the brokerage is!  

Jul 20, 2016 03:44 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Susan Haughton - well, they must have generated an Internet lead that they don't know how to handle.....

And still want to recoup their marketing dollar by referring to successful agent like you!

Jul 20, 2016 03:29 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Your question had me scrolling down to see some of the answers. My first thought was that the quality of buyer was bad (as another member answered). Recruiting?...I'm not so sure. I have had the big box offices recruit me and they do this in a pretty straight forward manner. 

I would return the call. See what happens. Then tell us about it. 

Jul 20, 2016 02:04 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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Maybe no one in their company is willing to pay them the referral amount on a relocation?

Jul 20, 2016 02:03 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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I got a call like that and it turned into a very heavy recruitment to purchase a franchise.  Ugh.

Jul 20, 2016 01:49 PM
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Susan, I stopped being brand centric with referrals after getting to know so many people here.  AR is my first choice for referrals, so perhaps they researched you and preferred what they could find out about you vs. the directory info for their own brokerage.  Although if they work for a CERTAIN brand that I won't name, I'd assume it was some type of back door recruiting pitch since it seems to be sacrilege to consider referring outside of their own brand.  Bill

Jul 20, 2016 01:21 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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That would make me curious too thinking the same questions you have in your mind. I however would make that call and ask everyone of them.

Jul 20, 2016 12:54 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I haad this several years ago.  I thought like you.  but I got a call asking me to join their company...They even offered to buy me out.

Jul 20, 2016 12:11 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Maybe trying to recruit you? Otherwise, it makes no sense.

Jul 20, 2016 08:45 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

If it is not a recruiting scheme refer them to an agent in your office that could use the experience.

Jul 20, 2016 08:20 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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It is out of the norm and your woman's intuition is alerted to it. Go with that

Jul 20, 2016 08:15 AM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I had a friend in another town try to refer a seller to me, but I already knew who she was.  She had listed her home several times and then canceled.  I had been referred to her by a family member and intended on asking, "why will this time be different from the others" before seriously considering it. 

After about 6 different listings, none with me, she did finally sell, but my friend who referred her to me was told she wasn't welcome in his office by the broker. 

Jul 20, 2016 07:51 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

A form of sabotage ..... keep the producers busy with high maintenance buyers.... but that's how this Armenian thinks!!! 

Jul 20, 2016 07:31 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Call back and find out otherwise you will be wondering later if you should have.

Jul 20, 2016 07:11 AM
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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
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I'd call.

Others have suggested it's a recruiting move, but I think it's an ethical violation to lure you in saying they have a referral. Therefore, if it is a recruiting move, you know all you need to know about their business.

Jul 20, 2016 06:25 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Obviously you don't like their style & I'd go with your hunch. OR ... they are going to say this BS something to the effect of 'you don't want a referral'? 

Jul 20, 2016 06:13 AM
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Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
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Return the call and see how you can be of service.  If it is a bait game, be upfront and tell them you appreciate the compliement, but not interested....blah blah...better to be known as the eternal optimist and professional...

Jul 20, 2016 06:05 AM
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Susan - If it is a recruiting move as many have suggested, it's either dishonest or unfair to their own agents and it tells you a lot about what working for them would be like.

Jul 20, 2016 05:48 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Head hunting remains in vogue with Realty companies. You must be putting a pinch in their attempted domination Susan. Good for you!

Jul 20, 2016 04:04 AM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Recruiting? Did it come from the broker or one of their agents? If it's an agent, maybe he/she admires you and wants the best of his/her client.

Jul 20, 2016 04:02 AM
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Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

In case you are flattered, enjoy the moment.  But if you see them being disrespectful of anyone, then take note: sooner or later that disrespect will fall on you, too.  It's just how people are.  And if they are prepared to steal everyone else's fruit of careful labour to grow good, professional agents without doing their own growing and tending, then that already sounds disrespectful to me.

Jul 20, 2016 03:59 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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That does seem odd.   I might call because I can be a curious guy.   Do you think it's a recruiting call?   

Jul 20, 2016 03:16 AM