You Tube can make you look like a boob! "How to Buy a Bank-Owned Home"

You Tube can make you look like a boob!  "How to Buy a Bank-Owned Home"

As I often do, I received another one of those emails from friends and associates that contain some funny video or joke.  This one was different.  I confess! As I was drinking water at my desk, I could hardly contain the laughter from forcing the water up to my nostrils. Not was it only funny, but it was a sad and true satirical parody of what and how people outside of our industry see us people inside the industry.  Let me elaborate a point.  I have spent some considerable time and effort listening to experts and self-proclaimed Social Media Gurus explain the power of Social Media and the opportunity for it to actually work against us if we are not kind and genuine to those people we serve.  In our world, they are called Clients, Buyers, Borrowers, Applicants.  Unfortunately, some of us forgot that they are also known as people. 

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Unfortunately, we are sometimes put into a dark corner of most of these people's minds as "Greedy, Selfish, Self Serving, Self Righteous, and down-right not so customer friendly" as I see so many of us profess.  When we continue to act in this manner and refuse to look into the fishbowl from the outside every once in a while, we tend to forget what we look like to others aka "Clients, Buyers, Borrowers, Applicants. Sellers, etc". 

I heard the other day some REALTOR at the Gary Vaynerchuk event here in Mesa, AZ ask if Gary or anyone else for that matter should be "Afraid of Big Brother" referring to the FTC's threat of combing through the blogosphere.  After seeing this video, I thought to myself, "We should be more afraid of how we behave and how we actually treat our friends who we call "Clients, Buyers, Borrowers, Applicants, etc" and be sincere in our efforts and not so much worried about our commissions.  This statement always brings to mind, the movie "Field of Dreams".  "BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME".  Our industry has created an atmosphere that we will all have to wrecken with at some point or another.  I sense Social Media will be the deliver of bad news for some and will be the Godsend for others.

DO NOT get me wrong!  I am not being self-righteous here.  I do it for the money but I also do it for the love of what I do best as I am convinced that many of us share the same passion and reasons.  However, those of us behaving badly, I have a piece of advice. 

You Tube will make you look like a boob!




Comment balloon 5 commentsTed Canto • October 28 2009 07:58PM


Ted - alot of people demonize various professions.  Take lawyers - everybody hates them until they need them.  Same with cops.  Unfortunately we as real estate pros are no different.  People tend not to understand what we do or how important our service is until they try to sell on their own.

Posted by Syreeta Saunders, Keys, MBA - The Keys2Day Team (Keller Williams Realty Centre) about 11 years ago

hi Syreeta.. I totally agree with you.  However, I actually have experienced people in our business act in the exact manner of the video.  All I am saying is if we are going to state that we are professional, we should act professional.  Social Media is and will continue to make us walk on the straight line, as we should no matter what.  Shady RE pros should beware!!

Posted by Ted Canto, Arizonan #1 Mortgage Lender (American Mortgage Network) about 11 years ago

This video seriously has me crying into my after-work Corona :)  This is exactly what we run into, both as a consumer, and as an agent! I wish it was a horrible stereotype, but more often than not, it's becoming true!


Posted by Jessica Steele (Welcome Home Realty) about 11 years ago

Ted - that video was put together by Kris Berg, and she did a great job. It appears to already be going viral with almost 100,000 views.  Thanks for the email and for the post.  I'm sure she'll also appreciate that. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Ted - I believe I have spoken to this foreclosure listing agent in the you tube video on more than one occasion.  I believe this video to be completely true.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate about 11 years ago

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