I woke up this morning and checked my emails, as usual. First thing I noticed was an email for a referral. Don't we all love referrals? They're our life-line of business!!
It was about 6:30 in the morning, so I emailed her to let her know I would call her after my morning appointment. Right before I was heading out the door, I noticed the returned receipt that she read my email, so I decided to go ahead and call her even though it was only 7:30am her time.
I called, apologized for calling so early, and explained that I saw she was up. We chatted for a couple of minutes. She loved my blog and how it was a good mix of business and personal and very detailed.
Then, I get the question... I've never been asked this so point blank before...
"Are you a Christian?"
Ummm, "Does it matter?"
Yes, for these buyers it matters. This agent was asked to interview agents for the buyers with the main question being if the agents were Christians and if they were devoted and practised.
I continued to talk with the agent and reminded her that her buyers should want the best agent to work for them and not just the best agent who knew how to pray.
I asked if her buyers were looking for an agent to negotiate the best deal, or an agent who would hold hands with them in the kitchen of the house and pray for their offer to get accepted. I told her that if her buyers were educated about the market, like I do with all my buyers, and were willing to put together a good, and competitive offer, no praying would be necessary because I could get the job done.
Her response was that if she ever had any other buyers, she would definitely think of me.
I'm not a Christian... and I still don't understand why it matters...
Isn't that discrimination? We can't discriminate according to the Code of Ethics, so why is a buyer allowed to discriminate. If I was working with the buyer and then all of a sudden said I didn't want to work with them because they are Christians, I would be slapped with a Professional Standards hearing within 10 seconds!
Why the double standard?
I was going to make this Members Only, but the wall I bounced this off of suggested it was important for the public to read too.
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