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Realtor welcome

Postby littlerope » Feb 18th, 2013, 12:02 am

Hi folks just a quick rant.....My lovely wife and I moved to lower mission from the "wet" coast 3 months ago after looking at various properties over the last 2 years. We talked at length over the pros and cons of moving to a smaller community and after a great deal of persuasion my wife succumbed to my arguments and left her family and our grown children behind to start a new chapter in our lives. incidentally, we have owned 3 houses in the past and are used to moving around somewhat. So imagine our surprise when after my wife received the keys to our new townhouse from our realtor we never heard from him again. I mean not an e-mail, not a Timmy Ho's gift card, nothing....it's like he dropped of the face of the earth. We actually started to worry that something bad had happened to him because this behavior was so out of character ( or so we thought ). He was a very affable character while we were house hunting and we enjoyed his company a lot. and as i mentioned, we were well versed in all the steps required and presented no obstacles whatsoever to him as our realtor. Three months past and we were sitting in a coffee shop in our new :137: neighborhood when guess who pops in? one look at us and he turns around and leaves without a word. How bizarre is that? To this day my wife and I can't imagine what we may have done to cause him to behave this way...it's really too bad, because this realtor has left a sour taste in our mouths. In all our real estate dealings in the lower mainland we have never been treated this way. i only hope this mans' behavior is not a reflection of Kelowna professionals....he will certainly never get our business again and we will never recommend his services to anyone...thanks for the listen
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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby Bsuds » Feb 18th, 2013, 7:34 am

I guess this Realtor does not want any repeat business.
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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby Nom_de_Plume » Feb 18th, 2013, 7:39 am

Bsuds wrote:I guess this Realtor does not want any repeat business.

I agree, that's very odd behaviour. Repeat business is huge, most people stick with the same realtor over the years.
That's why realtors like to stay buddy buddy in case you have a friend/relative who is looking for someone you would recommend.
My folks still receive a xmas card and new calendar every year from the realtor who sold them their place and it's been like 8 years.
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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby Bsuds » Feb 18th, 2013, 7:51 am

We got calendars from ours for over 20 years until he retired. Still get stuff from the one who took over from him.
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I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning


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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby Boda » Feb 18th, 2013, 7:59 am

Maybe the guy knows something about that property that you haven't found out about yet?
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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby normaM » Feb 18th, 2013, 8:03 am

sounds like our realtor, and he made coin off both the Sale and the Purchase.
Not even a gift card. CSOB
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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby YoungFarmer » Feb 18th, 2013, 8:03 am

What is normal practice with realtors? I bought my first house last year and a second one this year and after the deals are done the realtor has had nothing to do with me. I was suprised because for the amount they get to sell the house i would have expected to see them once or twice to see how things went or maybe a house warming gift, but nothing. I also bought houses off the listing realtor so they made full commission as well. So the moral of the story for me is that when I sell the first house i renovated coming up here soon i will be using a 2% commission or straight rate realtor.
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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby GrooveTunes » Feb 18th, 2013, 8:12 am

You made a major mistake when dealing with "professionals" in Kelowna. When he handed the wife the keys to the new place you are suppose to hand him an expensive bottle of wine and tell him how wonderful it has been working with him and that he is just the best RE guy ever!!!!.
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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby the truth » Feb 18th, 2013, 8:30 am

GrooveTunes wrote:You made a major mistake when dealing with "professionals" in Kelowna. When he handed the wife the keys to the new place you are suppose to hand him an expensive bottle of wine and tell him how wonderful it has been working with him and that he is just the best RE guy ever!!!!.


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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby Static » Feb 18th, 2013, 8:45 am

Boda wrote:Maybe the guy knows something about that property that you haven't found out about yet?


Thats what it sounds like to me.
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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby Ken7 » Feb 18th, 2013, 9:05 am

I'm not totally shocked by the story.

My wife used to work for a tub company. Once the customer paid his large sum for a tub the salesman had no time for him. Even when the customer came in the following month for chemicals, not even a hello how are you enjoyinhg the tub.

It is sad, and yes I know not all people in sales are like this.

Hope you new home is all that!!
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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby GrooveTunes » Feb 18th, 2013, 9:21 am

Drop in or call his office and ask him if you really want to know. Personally, I just want good service when I do dealings with anyone. After that's done I really don't care.

When we last sold in Kelowna our agent gave us a free 4hr fishing charter in Ucluelet on his boat. Beautiful sunny day, one fish and a mild case of sea sickness but we still enjoyed it. For a few months after that he continued to send us his monthly RE report. I think he has since retired.
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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby joer2012 » Feb 18th, 2013, 10:10 am

To the OP, this is "welcome to Kelowna".

Do not take it personally. There may be other similar odd behaviours and strange people you need to overcome in this weird town. Get over it/past it and enjoy the rest of your life in the Okanagan.
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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby Gazer » Feb 18th, 2013, 10:27 am

I'd say the guy you used is not a reflection of what the realtors here are like.I bought my house a few years ago and still hear from my realtor a couple times a year. After the deal was closed, I received a plant and a gift card to a place where I could buy some things for my new house.

At the end of the day, as long as you're happy with the house and enjoy where you're living, that's all that matters.
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Re: Realtor welcome

Postby Whyme2 » Feb 18th, 2013, 10:48 am

littlerope wrote:Hi folks just a quick rant.....? My lovely wife & I moved to lower mission from the "wet" coast 3 months ago after looking at various properties over the last 2 years. We talked at length over the pros and cons of moving to a smaller community and after a great deal of persuasion my wife succumbed to my arguments and left her family and our grown children behind to start a new chapter in our lives. incidentally, we have owned 3 houses in the past and are used to moving around somewhat. So imagine our surprise when after my wife received the keys to our new townhouse from our realtor we never heard from him again. I mean not an e-mail, not a Timmy Ho's gift card, nothing....it's like he dropped of the face of the earth. We actually started to worry that something bad had happened to him because this behavior was so out of character ( or so we thought ). He was a very affable character while we were house hunting and we enjoyed his company a lot. Three months past and we were sitting in a coffee shop in our new :137: neighborhood when guess who pops in? one look at us and he turns around and leaves without a word. How bizarre is that? To this day my wife & I can't imagine what we may have done to cause him to behave this way...it's really too bad, because this realtor has left a sour taste in our mouths. In all our real estate dealings in the lower mainland we have never been treated this way. i only hope this mans' behavior is not a reflection of Kelowna professionals....he will certainly never get our business again and we will never recommend his services to anyone...thanks for the listen


It's not just a realtor thing it's a kelowna thing. Welcome to the snobbiest place on earth. :discodance:
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