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Buyers, sellers, another side Informative - The agents side of the story

Review by myside on 2009-10-25
We are always hearing the consumers side of the story, well I am offering mine.
I have been lied to, cheated, had totally bogus complaints made against me when every time, it should have been THANKS!! Sellers and buyers both going behind your back to cheat you out of a commission, I have been threatened by a suited street punk after I found him a buyer for a large tract of land, he met with the buyer and both discussed how they would cheat us...at one point this loudmouth cheat told me he had connections with the mafia and if I did not take the 1/3 less on my commission, he would just wait another 6 months after listing contract and I would get nothing, this happened in early 09 when commissions were very scarce. Then another this year when I can barely pay my business bills-- we go to show a 200 acre piece only to be told it was sold and all of the contact info I have on this person is disconnected. My receipts for this year again do not pay my bills and here I am reading how horrible RE agents are, yes, some of them are...but my experience has been the sellers (worse) & the buyers....when I go to my attorney to sue for commissions, I am told I will need about $6000 to start a suit and judges always seem to rule in the favor of the cheating seller, even when all paperwork and evidence points in MY favor. Any other realtors had it??
Comments:8 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-10-29
Posted by Fufu487 on 2009-10-25:
This is why I have choosen to keep out of commission-based selling. It's just too stressful, unreliable, and cut-throat. Some people will fight for any discount they can get. And sales people have a bad rep, alot of consumers think we're just out to get their money. It's unfortunate for the honest few of us out there who actually care about our clients :(
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-10-25:
I wouldn't sell any other way, been doing capital equipment on commission for over 30 yrs. You either are a salesperson or ya ain't. If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the fire.
Posted by Fufu487 on 2009-10-25:
I'm quite the salesperson thank you very much :) But I prefer to be paid on salary and earn a bonus based on my sales, instead of relying on sales to pay my bills
Posted by old fart on 2009-10-25:
What do you sell Fufu?
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-10-25:
Not quite the salesperson if you can't depend upon your own abilities to make a living. I don't need or want a salary that depends upon me to do someone else's bidding and their "bonus".
But that's your choice. I make what I am willing to work for and don't depend upon someone's idea of a bonus. The companies I represent pay me a commission for selling their products, in turn, I sell their products and make money, based on my skills and relationships. BTW, doing very well, given the present economy.
Posted by Fufu487 on 2009-10-27:
OF - I sell banking products, mortgages, lines of credit. But I sell them honestly.

jkt - If you are happy to rely on your commission, hey, all the more power to ya. My bonus is guarenteed if a do my part and VERY generous. It's a system that I am comfortable with and works for me. I don't have to justify my selling abilities to you. And I'm insulted by your intitial comment on your last post.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-10-27:
Sorry 'bout that, not trying to insult you, but you brought it up. If your bonus is very generous, just think of what they are keeping.
Posted by Fufu487 on 2009-10-29:
Don't worry about it. I WAS being a little touchy. I know very well I could be making more money working elsewhere. But I am not comfortable with the risk (I've always been a low-risk kind of individual). I have full confidence, however, that my selling abilities would get me far, if I were to choose it as my career. I don't think it's where I want to be in several years. And like your post has proven, sometimes people will do anything to weisel their way out of giving you your earned commission. Weisels are horrible little creautres....

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