Ashley Squire (Agent Professor )

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Not enough information here to provide any kind of substantive response. As for problems one comes across as an agent... after 25 years, I suppose I could write a book not a quick response in a Q&A format.

Jun 26, 2017 04:10 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Buyers who won't decide.  Unreasonable sellers.  Prima donna "top producers".  Agents, lenders, et al who don't return calls.

Remain calm, take control of the situation.

Jun 25, 2017 10:04 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

I very rarely have an unreasonable client.

My biggest problem is dumb agents who think they don't need higher real estate education. What I learned is that it does not take a lot of effort to be  smarter than a 5th grader.

Agents don't understand contracts, the nuances of the transaction and think they control everything.  Their office Brokers are usually as uneducated as the agent.

Knowledge is power and will give you a higher income.  There is no excuse for not knowing something or thinking that "it is not your job".

It is your job to know everything related to real estate.


Jun 26, 2017 03:59 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I think the biggest problem for me is the uneven nature of income. Some months you could have multiple closings, and other months, none. I learned that prospecting needs to be a non-stop event, especially when we're very busy with transactions. Otherwise those transactions will close and we'll be twiddling our thumbs.

Jun 26, 2017 02:56 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sometimes listening helps, sometimes coaching, sometimes you just ignore them.

Jun 25, 2017 10:04 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Some people are unhappy by nature, for whatever reason. Some people remain in unhappy relationships, for whatever reason.  We cannot "fix" people or make them happy;  we can only provide top notch service and do our jobs to the best of our abilities.  I have often said we deserve honorary PhDs for what we deal with vis-a-vis human nature.  

Just remember - unhappy people are typically unhappy with their lives, not with us, so we just have to carry on and not take it personally. 

Jun 26, 2017 05:12 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Fred Griffin nailed this one!

Jun 26, 2017 04:50 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

you probably can't! There are just some people like this & I would tell them that. No matter what you do or offer help on, they are not satisfied.

Jun 26, 2017 04:37 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ditto Nina Hollander 

Jun 26, 2017 08:00 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

There are some people that will never be happy no matter what you do so you have to learn when to count your losses and move on to someone who will be more reasonable, hopefully.

Jun 26, 2017 07:48 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

Too many to list here, bu you've inspired a blog post.

Jun 26, 2017 07:37 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Laughing my ass off at the laundry list of questions here ... answers could fill a a book.  Essentially I echo Nina Hollander comment. 

Jun 26, 2017 07:15 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

All of them. And they keep piling on. But some are starting to repeat. You need a better pic Ashley.

Jun 26, 2017 06:34 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

after 39 years, I could write enough books to fill a library....

Jun 26, 2017 06:25 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

When people are unhappy, it's usually because their expectations were not met. That means they may not have been educated on what could happen during the process. If you educate them correctly, they should be prepared for the good and bad.

Jun 26, 2017 05:40 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Oh my... such a big question for such a little box!   The real estate business is fraught with problems every day.  The world belongs to problem solvers.  Get good at solving problems.

Jun 26, 2017 05:35 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Problems using the spell checker. It seems to work when we need it.

Jun 26, 2017 05:31 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I agree with Gita Bantwal.  Each and every day presents an opportunity to learn something new or a different way to look at a situation.   In real estate. And in life.  

Jun 26, 2017 05:09 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Too many to mention.  What I did learn early on was to assume no one would do their job except me.

Jun 26, 2017 07:57 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The most important tool to have is interpersonal skills & lacking this is the cause and loss of many a potential personal or professional gain

Jun 26, 2017 06:56 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Ashley Squire Probably someone who missed an opportunity because they wouldn't get off of the fence.

Jun 26, 2017 06:17 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have a talent for scouting those who are not a match.  So we rarely get into problems. A

Jun 26, 2017 05:57 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

One issue is working with people you know, and not getting a buyer agent agreement signed becuase you work on trust, they they stray. Get evereything in writing and signed

Jun 26, 2017 05:49 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Communication is the biggest issue that I have and it's not really the clients - it's the agents on the other side of the transaction. I'm a 'never-back-burner' person and the lack of response drives me nuts! Difficult clients are a rarity - most of mine are referrals and typically they come from like-minded referring current or past clients or sphere - so, thankfully, I rarely have issues.

Jun 26, 2017 05:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

There will never be a shortage of unrealistic prospects. You need to know how to deal with them.

Jun 26, 2017 05:44 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The biggest problem is communication. When rationality starts losing out to emotion, the road can get rough quickly!

Jun 26, 2017 05:36 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Ask them what the issue is?

Jun 26, 2017 05:32 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Real estate is on the job training so problems are pretty constant.

Jun 26, 2017 03:57 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

We learn something new every day from our experience.

Jun 26, 2017 03:08 AM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

How much time do you have?

Jun 26, 2017 02:40 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Idiot agents, transaction coordinators who should be picking up trash on the highway, unethical realtors (say it isn't so!  The "Code of Ethics" exists, how can this be!  /end sarcasm).


A big bottle of excederin is nice.

Jun 26, 2017 09:01 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

A former client went with another agent to sell that I bought for her.  She has had several live in. If a woman has no loyality toward her men what do you expect her attitude toward a realtor? We have about 120,000 agents in SFBA here.  

Jun 26, 2017 08:52 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

After reading your question, I think it would be easier to respond, "what problems haven't  I come across?" What have I learned? Nothing is ever easy, keep a paper trail and watch out for unscrupulous people.

Jul 25, 2017 12:26 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Inexperienced agents, and no training from their brokers.

Jun 28, 2017 06:09 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Having one client not happy with the feedback I was giving him, it was the feedback I was getting.

Jun 27, 2017 08:27 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Ashley Squire - if there were no challenges, we were NOT important! Find the solution for your clients - and you are a winner.

Jun 26, 2017 09:36 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I woldneed 3-4 books to cover them after 20 years.

Jun 26, 2017 08:32 PM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Some people are born that way, usually there is nothing that you could do...except to donate time and energy to their "cause".

Jun 26, 2017 11:54 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

do the right thing all the time

Jun 26, 2017 10:16 AM