Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES,  REALTOR and Broker (Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)

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

The term for the person I'm doing a transaction with is "cooperating" broker. I do not think of them as "competition." And when I approach them in a cooperative way I've virtually never had issues in dealing with uncooperative agents.

Sep 13, 2018 07:53 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Coffee has not kicked in yet ... yet my initial thoughts are cooperation and collaboration in life will always produce better results than without it Gary Frimann.  


Sep 13, 2018 07:52 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Attorneys...there are defense attorneys and prosecutors that need to do certain "cooperation".

You say...other agents are not the enemy.  Maybe not, but they are sure not my buddy either. 

I have had many agents act shocked when I put my buyer clients needs above just closing the deal to get a commission. I do not impede a sale, but I also never throw my client under the bus, or go along with a crappy deal for the buyer.

I have had several agents try to pull the "we have the same goals"  so need to work together and get this deal closed, blah, blah, blah.

Sorry, but I only care about the best interest of my buyer. 

I don't care if the listing agent or seller like me...this is not a popularity contest.  One of the problems that I see is that agents are so worried that if they really represent the buyer, the seller will not like them...and golly gee, they might tell the neighbors not to list with them. This is particularly true if the property is in their "farm" area.

Every transaction for a listing agent is the chance of getting another listing.  Luckily, I do not have that pressure and am free to not worry about what the other side thinks and am able to freely promote my buyer clients interests.

...and seriously if I am at a sit down closing and the LA leaves the room, the sellers are always asking for our business card.


Sep 13, 2018 08:38 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Cooperation takes working independently to gain good end results. For instance, a property management company must encourage tenants to be cooperative with real etsate agents when the home they are renting goes on the market. Otherwise, it can impede the sale.

Sep 13, 2018 08:10 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

it's important to learn to work together in order to have a smoothly run transaction.... 

Sep 13, 2018 08:04 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have never looked at another agent as a competitor.  I really liked the majority of the agents we worked with.  Our jobs were to make the deal happen not to get petty and have hissy fits over it.  A

Sep 13, 2018 07:57 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      When I have a fiduciary with a buyer or seller, that overrides any "cooperation", or "we are all working toward the same goal", or "we are in this together".  No!  My client is the legal adversary of the other party.  As their Broker, I take the side of my client. 

    Sure, I will be pleasant and courteous, my communication skills are exemplary, etc.   But my client's interests take priority over the other party; even over my commission. 

Sep 13, 2018 10:26 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

We must/should cooperate in all industries,  don't you think? 

Sep 13, 2018 10:31 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!


Sep 13, 2018 11:21 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

The 32 billionaires who own nlf teams.

Sep 13, 2018 08:42 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Gary Frimann - I can think of the medical profession in which "competing" doctors may pool ideas and treatments which may result in a healed patient. But that is a great question to ask and is something to consider.  We work best with each other for a common goal, but after closing we can all after the same client for the next sale.

Sep 13, 2018 02:40 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

lawyers have to work the case together since mose get settle out of court.

Sep 13, 2018 02:24 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

My phiosophy is agree to disagree, if necessary, without being disagreeable. It is easier that way.

Sep 13, 2018 12:02 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Just about any might apply; but cooperation is better than competition, especially between different countries.

Sep 13, 2018 11:26 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

No real estate is really the only industry that does that. Truly unique.

Sep 13, 2018 10:19 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

MOST professions do cooperate with their competition, most better than real estate agents do.

Sep 13, 2018 09:15 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

Building a home - every trade must cooperate and communicate to get the best quality home built.
Buying and/or selling home requires the same cooperation and communication between agents. 

Sep 13, 2018 09:05 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Interesting to note that the seller and listing agent pays for the buyer agent and pleases the buyer in the end yet they are independent of themselves

Sep 13, 2018 11:04 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Gary Frimann My first thought as I read your question was congress & senate. No cooperation!

Sep 13, 2018 10:10 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

NAR used to have a statistic that from the inception of a transaction until close, we needed to placate 71 people. I learned that early in my career and go out of my way to be a cooperating broker . . . even when other agents are trying to be difficult.

Sep 13, 2018 08:25 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I don't look at other agent as competition - I think that would really drive me nuts if I did.  Like Nina Hollander "cooperative' is much more meaningful and less stressful IMO

Sep 13, 2018 03:18 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD


Sep 13, 2018 09:05 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

There are many. Attorneys, contractors, and the list goes on and on.

Of greater interest is the need in nearly all disciplines of commerce require a great deal of cooperation to get anything done. Very few enterprises are truly fully independent. 

The greatest of these, in my opinion, are those offering interconnected devices. From the touch pad to the dozens of 'middleware' providers, without the cooperation of everyone the line goes dead.

The issue in real estate where 'competition' gets under the skin, is when dealing with business models that ACTUALLY defer traditional agent responsibilities to the other party.  That's when I would like to 'wring the neck' of the competition. 

In the race to the bottom of the compensation ladder, the enemy is all around.

In regards to getting results, it is good to understand our community is relatively small. You will see everyone again so treat them with kindness.

Sep 13, 2018 08:15 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I don't look at other agents as competition. Good agents (and I work with many) are long time colleagues who I work with long after a deal has closed. Establishing a reputation as being honest, fair and communicating well goes a long way with agents thus produces more showings on my listings or accepting my buyers offer when I'm the buyer's agent. Its our job to work well together not be adversaries.

Sep 16, 2018 04:41 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Lawyers.  That's the first thing that comes to mind.  Tow truck companies will often help each other out too.

Sep 16, 2018 11:28 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Attorneys do a lot better job when they talk outside the courtroom. Doctors need to cooperate too for best results.

Sep 14, 2018 04:42 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

It is co-broke and competition for sure, Gary Frimann

Sep 13, 2018 10:32 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

As Kathleen Daniels mentioned, it's all about collaboration and it's the rare instance that I have a difficult agent. When I do, I just turn up the Southern charm!

Sep 13, 2018 06:46 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The competition should be with yourself.

Sep 13, 2018 05:45 PM
Byron K . Jones
Coatesville, PA
List Today - Sold Tomorrow!

International Space Station

Sep 13, 2018 05:05 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

termite inspectors?


Sep 13, 2018 02:29 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Not thought of it. 

Sep 16, 2018 05:46 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Off hand I can't

Sep 14, 2018 08:02 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

There may be some other ones.  

Sep 14, 2018 05:57 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

No idea.

Sep 21, 2019 09:02 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome


Politicans (hopefully but they seem intent to behave like 2 yo mostly)

Sep 18, 2018 04:23 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Attorneys do it all the time, both when trying to settle a case and when acting as co-counsel. Doctors frequently work with other doctors when a second opinion is needed and back in the day when I was a manufacturer's rep, it was not uncommon to work with another ad specialty manufacturer when an order came in that we could not produce. And I know plenty of sales reps in other fields who would give a lead to a "competitor" if they were not able to make a sale. 

It's a shame that some agents are so territorial and other don't understand the need to get along and work together.

Sep 17, 2018 01:23 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 do have to work hard to cooperate with agents that either don't know what they are doing, or just combative.

Sep 17, 2018 11:08 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Oh, yes, without cooperation won't go anywhere.

Sep 14, 2018 09:19 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

actually in come cases other agents are the enemy. But fortunately in my market that's a rare exception to the wonderful spirit of cooperation you find here.

Sep 14, 2018 08:38 PM