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1.  Armed and Dangerous

There are 36,000 Realtors in the GTA. The guy at my local car wash is a licensed Realtor. They seem to be everywhere, and most of them are "SECRET" agents! Stats show that only one quarter of these agents did a deal last year, and trust me, that's a good thing. Why you ask? 

I received an offer on my client's property last summer, and the "one-deal-a-year" agent didn't have a clue how to write up an offer. My client's name appeared as the buyer, and the actual buyer's name was totally missing. The agent also left out any conditions or clauses! I seriously thought someone was kidding around with me! Eventually, I sorted this inept agent out and got a great deal for my client, but it was really ridiculous. 

2. Lazy, Lazy, Lazy

I can't believe that agents won't do simple but important work.  Things like running a spell check on a listing before publishing it,  not measuring the dimensions of rooms, and leaving out all the details about their properties drives me crazy. How hard can it be to do the job right the first time?

3.  Snotty is for Kleenex

Sorry, but I'm done with pretentious agents who put on large airs. I have found that the most successful agents are those that are approachable and down to earth. Good agents understand that deals only come together if the parties are willing to communicate with each other. Respecting everyone that is involved in a deal is important: this is the foundation of professionalism.