It is 2019 and cable TV shows about buying and selling real estate are old hat. The thing is, they have provided the general public with a rather unrealistic notion of what takes place in a real estate transaction and the role of the real estate agent – at least the way things are done in our market – primarily the New York counties of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange.
For a long time, I have fantasized about producing my own TV show – The Real Real Estate Show – to demonstrate what actually takes place. Sellers insist that they should get the price they want regardless of market demand. Buyers bounce from agent to agent and use them just to open doors – many, many doors. And, no, I do not have a car and driver to take me to showings. There is so much more “reality” than in those reality shows.
Well, chances of getting my own show produced are slim but perhaps a YouTube channel? Or maybe a podcast? But I have to start somewhere and this is it. Here I will share some of the stories I have experienced over the years (no identities disclosed) presented as cautionary tales to prospective buyers and sellers and agents, too. Along with the stories, I will post factual information to dispel misconceptions whenever possible. My fellow real estate professionals are welcome to contribute their experiences with author credit. (By the way, all content of this blog is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.)