Friday morning started with the Broker Idea Exchange Council. This is one of my favorite NAR meetings as it is an open forum for all brokers to attend, with specific topics identified that are considered “hot buttons” for brokers to discuss. I posted on NAR’s Conference Live blog about this and took some heat on Facebook from agents who disagreed about Nobu Hata’s segment. I summarized what he said – and agree 100% with his premise that brokers need to be more useful than Facebook. End of story.
We have agents who are posting questions online, on open forums, asking “What should I do?” when it pertains to certain transactions and very local, specific situations. Just STOP IT. Ask your broker. Please. A public forum on Facebook or any other platform is not the place to ask for advice. Ask your broker if you don’t know something.
- Oh but my broker is busy – Then find another broker
- Oh but I cannot find my broker – See above
- I asked my broker and he didn’t reply – See above
- I asked my broker and disagree with his response so I’m asking the group what to do – If you’re my agent, you may be fired if you don’t do what I advised. If you’re not my agent, see above.
Real estate transactions are serious business. We have sensitive information, which nobody but the parties should be privy to. Do not post it online. Rules and regulations are state-specific. Don’t ask for help with legal questions when the reply may be coming from three states away, with very wrong information. Don’t crowd source the answers to your serious legal and contract related questions. ASK YOUR BROKER. Please.
For a more detailed post, read what I wrote on INMAN in June: Why Facebook groups are the worst place for agents to get advice.