I am a WYSIWYG kind of guy who can't stand working with HTML clients.
If you read my blog regularly, you can see that I don't have a lot of secrets. I share my life pretty openly here, and this is really very much like my online diary at times, although I feel that I do contribute some solid real estate information as well.
Basically, what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) when it comes to my personality and the way that I deal with people. You can learn about my family, which songs I listen to in the privacy of my car or the shower, things that irritate me, situations that I am dealing with each week with my business, and who my friends are around here.
I can pretty much get along with ANYONE normal. Yes, I said normal. Yes, I can pretty much judge what is normal and what is not. I can also usually get along with just about anyone who deals with me honestly, even if I don't always like what they have to say.
Since the new year began, I am happy to say that I have had written and executed four contracts myself, not including anything from my partners or the agents that work with us. This is a terrific start to be sure, and I haven't had any HTML clients lately.
What?!? Back up for a minute. What am I talking about here?
HTML clients are those that are "Hard-To-Manage Liars" or "Hard-to-Manage Losers" or "Hard to Manage Lately". You could also use any other word that you think will fit here.
I am frankly bored of dealing with these types of clients. Here's a quick way to know that you are dealing with your own set of HTML clients, based on some previous real-life experiences of mine:
- They look at over 90 homes before honing in on "just the right one" (this happened ONCE to me, and only once, several years ago)
- They hammer you for part of your commission to cover a minor repair item at the last minute.
- They call you while drunk in order to cuss at you about the lack of showings for their home.
- They are unwilling to recognize the fact that their desired price is simply too high.
- They have their accounts frozen by the Securities and Exchange Commission (this also really happened to me in 2001).
- They decide on an expensive home, only to have their son get sued for custody of his children, and they must divert funds to help him out.
- They decide on a really expensive home (which happens to be your listing, no less), only to have their manager steal their money and leave the country (this happened to me in 1998 with a professional touring musician).
The list goes on and on. Basically, HTML clients are not any fun for any of us. I hope to continue to avoid them throughout 2008.
Thanks for reading!