Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Do You Run A Business or a Circus?

Do You Run A Business or a Circus?

I am a TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) approved instructor and teach classes every so often on different real estate topics. About a month ago, I taught one of my classes, and oops, this lady didn't have her $20.  Being the nice person I am, I allowed her to pay me later...

real estate businessLater hasn't arrived yet...

At the class, she gave me her business card, but I don't think she does business from it.  She has 3 phone numbers on her card, though two are scratched out.  She also has a Hotmail email address, not very professional.

After class, she asked me to email her immediately so she would remember, which I did.  I don't check my mail at my office very often, so it was a couple of weeks later that I noticed I didn't receive her check. I emailed her again, since she recommended email in the first place... no response, and no check...

Yesterday, I called her to remind her that I have not received my check yet.  Her response...

"Oh, I haven't checked that email account in weeks..."

Why do you have a Business card with an email address on it that you don't regularly check?  What if buyers and sellers were trying to get a hold of her?  What is she thinking??

Why can't there be a way to weed out agents who are running a circus instead of a business and just don't give a gosh-darn-it!!

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Comment balloon 16 commentsDonna Harris • February 25 2010 03:31PM


I don't know how to respond other than I think almost every office of every profession have their own group of circus performers.

Posted by Jay Schmitt, Gettysburg Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) about 9 years ago

Donna, I agree with you! It absolutely unprofessional not only not to respond to you in a timely manner but not to keep her word with a payment. She probably thinks that she is in-titled to free classes when everybody else is paying.

Posted by Irina Riley, GRI, SFR, CNE, e-PRO, SRES (American Dream Colorado) about 9 years ago

How embarrassing for her. I guess she does not plan to be in the business for very long.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Sounds to me like she should just be running a circus business since all she's doing is clowing around in Real Estate anyway

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 9 years ago

I would guess that this woman only does business when one of her relatives needs a Realtor!

Posted by Gordon Lane - selling homes in Sacramento and Yolo Counties (Virtual Realty Group) about 9 years ago


There are many professionals in real estate and there are few that are not.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 9 years ago

Wow, Donna.  How embarrassing for her.  Sounds like someone needs a little more education on how to conduct themselves in a business environment. 

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

That could be the reason she didn't have the $20.00 to pay you.


Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) about 9 years ago

She sounds like an unprofessional idiot.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 9 years ago

I'm trying to get a transaction closed on Monday with a circus performer agent who didn't get the option fee to me within 2 days (or even within 2 business days), didn't get me the executed repair amendment before the option period expired, and now has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth.  Bet she shows up looking for her commission check, though.

Posted by Lorrie Semler, REALTORĀ® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate (United Real Estate) about 9 years ago

It does amaze me how some agents never check their email or voicemails. 

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) about 9 years ago

Donna - Some times I wonder how people make it through the day.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 9 years ago

Donna ~ Your good deed will come back in another way. Some people are takers and other are givers. She wan't be around long..

Posted by Monique Hailer, South West Florida & Southern Maryland Homes (Schooner Bay Realty., Inc. & CENTURY 21 New Millenniun) about 9 years ago

Donna - I think people like that are essential in our business.  They are a shining example of what to NOT do.  Their poor business skills keep stories alive about how someone had this agent that never communicated.  Anyway,  it makes those of us serious business people all that much more desirable.

Posted by Nevin Williams, Senior Mortgage Advisor (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation) about 9 years ago

Donna ---- Amen, Donna.  My opinion is that you will never see that check -- you just did a favor without even realizing it.

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) about 9 years ago

Jay, But the good jugglers know how to go their job!

Irina, Yes, I've had those in my classes too.

Ellie, I hope not.

Craig, Cute...

Gordon, You make a good point.

Lou, More than a few...

Heather, Exactly!

Ty, True, very true...

Greg, LOL!

Lorrie, No option... good luck!

Rita, I know!

Michelle, With much luck!

Monique, And I'll swoop in for her business.

Nevin, But also keeps the bad taste in the consumers' mouths.

Liz, But I also have the power to revolk her MCE hours for the non-payment!!


Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 9 years ago