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The agent was mad I didn't call him for the referral

I gave a referral out in an out of state  town.

The buyer is a good client of mine.

I checked the Active Rain people in that area and there were several.

I gave the referral out.

A few days later I had an agent call and upset, wondered why I didn't call him.

I told him I was looking for a Full Time Professional agent.

"I AM A FULL TIME AGENT" coarsely he answered.


"Sorry", I told him, but I didn't like his associations with some companies that I feel could be a detriment to my good client.

"What detriment???"


I responded...Zillow...I work with Professional agents that deal with other Professional sights.  Zillow is not a professional site and so I moved on.



Actually, Zillow was the last straw.  he was not a bad agent, but the other person had the edge.   Zillow was just the deciding straw.


I don't kow how this agent gound out the info but that is my feeling and also it was my clients feeling that his property not be on zillow in any shape or for.

Comment balloon 8 commentsWilliam Feela • February 19 2017 03:30AM


Hmmm, how did he know you even had a referral and gave it to someone else? It's your choice for your client, right?

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 3 years ago

Sour grapes, he definitely confirmed your decision with that call.

It's about relationships. I'll get some referrals, I don't get others in San Diego. I'm not everyone's cup of tea sometimes, other times they already have a stronger relationship. But I do think it's odd he knew about the referral? I would rarely know I was passed over unless by some fluke I found out.


Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) over 3 years ago

Funny how some people seem to feel entitled to something, even an unearned referral.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 3 years ago

Good morning William.  Never used Zillow however, when we upload a listing into our MLS it populates to Zillow (not by choice). Anyway it is your choice not his. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 3 years ago

Hi William.  I wonder how he found out that you had referred a client to another Rainer.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 3 years ago

Interesting how some of the public is finding out about the difference in Professional sites and lead gen sites.

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 over 3 years ago

Good morning William. I get you feeling. You go with your experience and do the best you can.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

That is puzzling how he found out and truly unprofessional that he called to berate you.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 3 years ago