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You hired who? The one that said…Just because they offered to do it for 1% less?

Photo courtesy of atroszkoRecently, I met a seller that was planning to sell their property across from one of my listings. He is a very nice gentleman, but the house did need some updating and probably some staging to get the best price for the home.

But, what the other agent, who had just walked in to his house, said something that just floored me, and yet he still hired her to list his home. I asked him what he thought needed to be done for the house to get sold, and then I would give him a few more pointers just to make sure it sold fast and for top dollar.

He said it needed some painting, new windows and just some general updating and he thought that should be about it and I suggested also have it staged. A staged home sells faster and for more money almost 100% of the time, in my humble opinion. I showed him some listings and the difference staging makes and the difference in what they sold for, unstaged and staged, in the same neighborhood. He was floored, but not surprised when he saw the pictures.

I was talking to my clients and they said he decided to hire another agent that came over and talked to him. They also said if this person had told them what she had told the neighbor, not only would she probably have been punched, but she would have gotten thrown out the door before she could have gotten the next sentence out.

What did this agent say to this seller? "How do you expect to sell this home with all this garage sale furniture?" Yep, they were there when she said this and couldn't believe their ears! They had to walk out because they got mad and didn't want to say something that they would regret. But, in the end he hired this (as far as I'm concerned) very rude agent all because she offered her services for 1% less than I was.

I'm not sure I could take that kind of abuse from anyone for a savings of $2,500. I've seen people get divorced over lesser comments than that! So, why anyone would hire someone so rude as to insult someone's material possessions is beyond me! Now, did I think the furniture needed to be removed to sell the place? Yes, but I went about it in a much more tactful way and suggested a home stager, and I never personally attacked him or his way of life.

So, if you are in the Beaverton, Oregon area and are looking to sell your home for top dollar, and want to be treated like you are supposed to be, then give me a call, I would love to talk to you about the sale of your home.


Respect Realty LLC (Expect More)


At Respect Realty, LLC our agents believe in 100% dedication to client satisfaction.  We specialize in property and land acquisition around the Portland Metro and Vancouver, WA area. We delight in working with first time home buyers and sellers to guide them from start to finish. Our doors are always open and we are always happy to assist you with your real estate questions.


Reach out today, we look forward to talking with you!


Todd Clark and Seraina Aguayo (Owners of Respect Realty)

Respect Realty LLC (Expect More)



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