I usually like Alistair Holmes’ articles, but this one is just the biggest ‘fop’ of all time. How dare anyone knock on his door! The audacity! The comment I left at NBR is repeated below:
Alistair, I too think you would make an astonishingly hopeless real estate agent.
I do confess to being an ex-agent, but not for 13 years or so, in the commercial world and having learned all I needed to learn, retired in my 30s, investing in real estate.
Stalker real estate agent. Puh-leeease. Stop being such a precious prat. Apart from ignoring the ‘No Junk Mail’ sign on the letterbox (something I would never have done), she is simply doing her job.
Look, if you simply drop stuff into people’s letterbox (like your poster boy Brent), you will never get anywhere. It’s harder for people to say no when you ring them. It’s much harder again when you are standing in front of them.
The corollary to this is that it’s much easier to just post (or email) a flyer to someone that it is to front up on their doorstep and try to sell yourself in person. Mate, try cold calling. I doubt you have never ever done it in your life. It sucks. But like all hard-won things, has some very measurable benefits. When I started in real estate (previous career, programmer) I could hardly say my name in full to another adult. Being able to walk up to an adult and say who you are, who you represent and what if anything you might be able to do to help someone is invaluable if you want to be in business, or indeed, in may other areas of life.
Get some balls mate. If you can’t deal with people knocking on your door to sell you stuff then you must be a very fragile waif indeed. As part of learning to be an adult, you need to learn how to stand 2 feet away from another adult and tell them ‘no’. Anyone with any professionalism will then bid you good day and move on. Anyone who doesn’t, you can comfortably close the door on.
But until you have grown up and developed a pair of testicles, deal with the likes of Brent, or Brad or what have you.