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Old 11-22-2017, 09:36 PM
 
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We put our home on the market this past May contracted with a local agent for 6 months.
Had to take it off the market because our new build was delayed. Our agent still had the contract but the listing was not active.

Our listing expired yesterday and we started getting calls this morning from other agents inquiring about our desire to sell.
I was really surprised that we got 6 messages and 2 visits from realtors asking about our intent to sell.

Is this common?
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Nine Mile Falls/Spokane, WA
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Yes, unfortunately. There are a ton of "hawks" just waiting to pounce on expired listings and see if they can get listings. It's become a big problem in my area because the agents/telephone solicitors are using directory services to find numbers of family members when they can't directly reach the sellers. And many times, the seller has already made arrangements to re-list with their current agent but they don't give up. Sorry you are going through this - it makes real estate professionals look less than professional, in my opinion.
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Old 11-22-2017, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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This is a business generation tactic that is widely taught to agents.
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Old 11-23-2017, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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It would be great if ML systems would allow sellers to have their expiring listings designated as Do Not Call/Contact at the time of the expiration. I know it is promoted as a lead generation tactic but I think it "sleazes down" the industry. If my way were to be adopted, sellers would have the option of having solicitations come their way....or not.
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Old 11-23-2017, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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It would be great if ML systems would allow sellers to have their expiring listings designated as Do Not Call/Contact at the time of the expiration. I know it is promoted as a lead generation tactic but I think it "sleazes down" the industry. If my way were to be adopted, sellers would have the option of having solicitations come their way....or not.
Agreed.
Some agents will add into Agent Remarks that the client has requested no calls.

It is just another brand of telemarketing, which ethical industry leadership should be trying to discourage.
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Old 11-23-2017, 10:18 AM
 
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It would be great if ML systems would allow sellers to have their expiring listings designated as Do Not Call/Contact at the time of the expiration. I know it is promoted as a lead generation tactic but I think it "sleazes down" the industry. If my way were to be adopted, sellers would have the option of having solicitations come their way....or not.
This is a really good idea. Perhaps there could also be penalties or malpractice suites against agents who act in non-accordance with the designated Do Not Call listings.

Your suggestion should be viewed by state RE boards and commissioners IMO.

I too am tired of these kinds of vulture tactics ruining the good name of our industry, when it can be avoided if wished.

Perhaps some of the agents in here could become involved in presenting bb's proposal for Board review? I'd be happy to chime in my two cents if the Boards were willing to listen.

Happy Thanksgiving too btw everyone!
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Old 11-23-2017, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Agreed.
Some agents will add into Agent Remarks that the client has requested no calls.

It is just another brand of telemarketing, which ethical industry leadership should be trying to discourage.
And putting anything in Agent Remarks won't work because they are using software programs that have scraped the seller name/phone number and they don't even look at the expired listing.
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Old 11-23-2017, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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And putting anything in Agent Remarks won't work because they are using software programs that have scraped the seller name/phone number and they don't even look at the expired listing.
Agreed.
It only deters people like me who would thoroughly scan an expired listing for information prior to any action.
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Old 11-23-2017, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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One thing agents can do to protect their clients from these calls is to remove the client's contact information and phone number from the MLS before it expires or is cancelled.

This has cut down on most of the calls for clients of ours who have pulled their listing for whatever reason.

In our MLS it takes a special form with the client signature to remove the client contact information like this legally. To take it out without signature breaks MLS rules. Most clients will happily sign it. Most clients do NOT want these calls.
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Old 11-23-2017, 12:43 PM
 
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I usually get a bit nasty when this kind of thing happens and ask the realtor how many times he showed the property during the initial listing, if he is so interested in it now.

Of course, they just want the listing, which means they get something whether or not they are the agent who sells.
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