Joe Watson, Home Builder and Seller (Joe Watson, Inc)

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Clay R. Seay
Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage - Saint Augustine, FL

Joe, first you are NOT a Licensed Agent in Florida, so you may think you understand real estate sales & referrals, but you are sadly mistaken. You do not have a clue.  You are seeking the Realtor Community help, but in a back handed way of saying what is wrong with us in not helping you sell your home in Florida to our clients from any other state or foreign country? Talk about a global reach, you have achieved it.

My advice is to list with a qualified agent in the Sarasota area. Since you already agreed to a 3% commission on your website, then what advantage are you bringing to the table? None in my opinion. Typical For Sale By Owner wanting the Turkey AND the Gravy. Life and Real Estate is not that easy or simple.

My 2 cents input, worth what you paid for it.

Aug 30, 2018 10:06 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Ormond Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Daytona Beach Area Florida Homes

With all due respect, I looked at your website.   As I advised you previously there isn’t enough information for me to seriously consider this property as an option for my buyers. It is not listed in the mls, as you have advised me, so it is not a listing that I can work with. When and if it goes into the mls, send me the information.  

Aug 30, 2018 09:25 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Now my day is COMPLETE. 

Aug 30, 2018 11:35 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I just don't understand how you can indict all the realtors on the planet with your statement.  This type of glittering generality does not make friends, and it does not create a good working relationship amongst all.  A

Aug 30, 2018 08:32 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

We don't respond because we have no one coming to your area. Why is this so difficult for you to understand?

Are you unlicensed? If you were licensed, you would completely understand. 

Aug 30, 2018 08:52 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Little bit too aggressive that statement. At least I feel this way.

Who does like referrals? 


Who gives referrals. 

Me. If I have it. 

Aug 30, 2018 09:50 AM
Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
Drive By Blessings!

You again! 

Aug 30, 2018 08:33 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

If you want to sell a multi million dollar property you get a full service agent with experience listing and closing similar properties, who does the following: de-clutters, stages, take professional photos, perhaps a video and drone, puts in the MLS the 40 photographs with and accurate and legal description, then they market it for you.  Please dont go on Active Rain and accuse people of nonsense. Do you want people to help you? Please reconsider fighting with people who might show or sell your home.  

Aug 30, 2018 01:33 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I don't have any buyers in your area to refer. 

Aug 30, 2018 08:34 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

If your home is such a great deal why hasn't a buyer snatched up this diamond? Maybe a buyer does not want to pay your price. Maybe a price reduction is in order for this palace by the sea?

Aug 30, 2018 04:07 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If I had a client who wanted to move to your area, I'd refer them to a real estate buyer agent in your area. That agent is the one who would be finding the "right" house for that buyer. I wish you the best with your sale.

Aug 30, 2018 12:00 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I think live free really nailed this one!


But seriously, with accusatory statements such as the one in this question, you're shooting yourself in the foot if you're trying to get agent cooperation.

Aug 30, 2018 11:07 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Joe... you seem all too willing to place the blame on Realtors ignoring your listing... when in fact it's pretty rare for us to have a client moving to a different region that we service ... and when we do... we simply refer them to a local agent.

Since your property is listed with the MLS... I'm sure that they would be familiar with your listing.  I would not call that "ignoring" your listing.

And yet, you continue to harangue us with your complaints. When you're dependant on the cooperation of agents world-wide ... to bring you buyers... why would you continue to complain about us?  Why!?  THAT's the question.

Aug 30, 2018 11:01 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

When Realtors have buyer clients looking in certain areas, they look for agents to represent them in that demographic. I currently do not know anyone who wants to purchase an island home where you are selling!

Aug 30, 2018 03:15 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Seems to me it's more a question of other Realtors not having a client who is interested in your home, or being qualified to buy it. How can you make a blanket statement that "Realtors are ignoring a listing they do not have?" I wonder if your solicitation, and perhaps marketing in general, may not have been targeted to the right agent audience likely to have buyers who can spend the money for this type of property.

I love getting referrals, and enjoy giving them. If I had a qualified buyer for your area, or elsewhere, I would refer them to a buyer agent I have researched and talked to (or better yet, already know) and not to a specific property.

Unfortunately, while you are making efforts to help your listing agent find a buyer, the manner in which you publicly respond to others in our national community here on AR is probably having the opposite impact you are hoping for. 

Aug 30, 2018 04:22 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I send and receive referrals on a regular basis.  I love referrals!!

Aug 30, 2018 02:32 PM
Jon K. Judd
Keller Williams Realty - Central Delaware - Dover, DE
GRI, e-PRO, SFR, Delaware Homes

Your statement is inaccurate. Very generalized.

Realtors do sell property they don't have the listing for... some do it full-time (buyers agents)... and many listing agents also sell many properties they don't have the listing for.


Yes... I give them (to licensed agents where my client is moving too (if they desire)... and I recieve them... from licensed agents who have clients moving into my area where I am a licensed agent.

I'm not about to refer my client to a particular property/area for which I have no knowledge of... a property that I have never seen...I'll refer them to a qualified licensed agent who I know will look out for their best interests and has first hand knowledge of the property and area.

You end with "Why would a Realtor Not Want To Earn a Referral Commission?"  Each person runs their own business the way they desire.  Same reason (I suppose) that not all Realtors sell FSBO's, Expired's, New Construction, Land ect... They decide to work their business the way it feels best for them.

I'd suggest you work with a licensed Florida agent, get your listing in the MLS and I believe, in Florida you'll have over 200,000 agents ready to help sell your property.  Just a thought.

Aug 30, 2018 11:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Huh?  Your question confused me. 

Aug 30, 2018 10:30 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

The first page of your website is one big lie. That is not the view from the house. If I had a buyer for your property I would caution them to be very leary of any of the rest of your claims because of this.

I am sure you have had or will have potential buyers who show up to view your house but never bother to get out of the car because of this deception.


Aug 30, 2018 10:22 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

If we have a client relocating in your area, we refer them to an agent who can represent them in their search.  That is how the real estate community opperates around the country.

Aug 30, 2018 10:07 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

There are more questions then answers at times....

Aug 30, 2018 10:01 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I don't understand what you're complaining about.... and I'm not sure I want to take the time to attempt to understand this.... it seems to be irritating many!!!

Aug 30, 2018 09:55 AM
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

Your question is lacking details to make sense, sorry can't help you, except to say seriously and respectfully: if you regularly communicate in this manner, it's no wonder you hit so many brick walls. I wouldn't be compelled to engage you based on your question.

Aug 30, 2018 08:23 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Are you trying to sell you home or get everyone to read your blog?

Aug 30, 2018 05:58 PM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Nice looking home, Joe. If I had a buyer who was moving to your region I would refer them to a local buyers agent who could provide the best level of service for whatever their needs were. If those consumers were interested in your property, the buyers agents would contact your listing agent to view the home.

Curious...can the beach be clearly seen looking forward from the front windows or front porch or does the home with the red roof take up most of that picturesque view? In the photos on the site, it appears the unobstructed view would be from the driveway, over the public access (if it is that), to the water.

To answer your original question...Yes, I love to give and receive referrals. ;-)

Aug 30, 2018 03:02 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I don't know any REALTORS® who do not want to earn a referral commission.

Aug 30, 2018 08:48 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Our responsibilities are to our clients first (those that have entrusted us to sell their properties by giving us a written listing agreement).

Aug 30, 2018 08:27 PM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

WOW. Very strange & misguided.
I was going to try to answer, but Mr. Watson has convinced me this is one to stay clear of...

Good Luck to him  - and his poor agent.


Aug 30, 2018 07:58 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I never ignore listings that fit my buyers wants and needs that are in their budget, but I tend to ignore asshats.

Aug 30, 2018 05:23 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Many agents are very selective when it comes to referrals.

Aug 30, 2018 01:37 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Nice smile.

Aug 30, 2018 10:42 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Thank you for sharing.

Aug 30, 2018 05:24 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Say it ain't so Joe ! We love receiving referrals ! 

Aug 30, 2018 09:02 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

With all due respect Joe, you are seemingly very frustrated, perhaps at the lack of a sale. My suggestion to you is for your listing agent to develop an international marketing campaign. I give out referrals in many parts of the world for identified buyer needs. If your property does not reach me, then your listing agent's marketing is wrong. You need to address this. A complaint in this forum is totally ineffective and won't achieve your goals.

Aug 31, 2018 05:59 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Nice try, does not fly! Everyone has business to take care of. Referrals are nice when they are avialable, but not the first priority.

Aug 31, 2018 05:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't understand you question. What does this mean: Realtors seem to delete all references to selling a property they do not have a listing for! 

Having read all the comments here, I would suggest that your tone and attitude is not conducive in the least to getting anyone to cooperate with you. And this is NOT the venue to push your posts, especially more so if that post is to sell something.

When I have people to refer to another area, I do not look for properties for them. I find them an agent who specializes in the area my clients are looking in and collect my referral fee that way.

Aug 31, 2018 04:27 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I often refer clients to other agents. I also receive referrals.

Aug 30, 2018 09:23 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Chartering a bus right now to venture down to the sweatbox of florida to look at your home.

Having a tough time rounding up people right now to get on the bus though.

Maybe if you could send a half million in cash up here so that I could start bribing them to get on the bus...

Aug 31, 2018 08:02 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

The odds of an out of area Realtor having a client looking at your home is really minuscule.  You're doing the right thing by getting the word out, now you need to be patient and hope for the best.  

Aug 31, 2018 07:35 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Joe Watson - well, I work by referrals! So far 100% by referrals this year!

Aug 30, 2018 10:16 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It is up to the professional. 

Aug 30, 2018 10:46 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I accept referrals all the time from all over the country from licensed agents!

So, not sure why snother agent wouldn't want to earn a referral - perhaps you're working with the wrong agent?

Aug 31, 2018 02:41 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We don't have anyone trying to move to Florida.

Sep 04, 2018 07:56 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

He is talking to the wrong people if he has an issue with his agent

Sep 02, 2018 06:22 PM