Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Two Mules for Sister Sara

This title has nothing more to do with my post other than things ain't always what they seem to be.  If you are too young and missed "Two Mules" circa 1970, you need to rent it and and enjoy Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacClaine at their finest.

Had a realtor call me today.  He was a referral from one of my regular agents.
We talked for over an hour,  I know all about the listing he wants my help on, everything he has ever sold in his 3 years as an agent, were his wife works, where he lives and the activities his daughter is involved in.  Yes, I agreed with him, establishing relationships is essential.

But I wasn't born yesterday.  Methinks, new realtor was looking for free feedback to his lackluster listing.

He seemed to want  to hire me for a consultation.  However, all he asked of me was to look at his MLS pictures and get back to him with an opinion.

I didn't go into detail but mentioned a few things like the furniture was dated and mega-sized for the rooms. We are talking oversized Herculon recliners, dark Maple dinette table and chairs in the kitchen, a formal living room with funky 60's furniture, and old quilts on the beds.  The house shows as dated and dark.

The Realtor replied he would forward the info to his clients.  "No! No! No!" is what I screamed when I  read his email.  Our conversation was confidential information between stager and realtor.  If he wants to include my opinions to the buyers, it needs to be contained in an extensive written report AFTER I've seen the property.  I am always diplomatic in my critic and give reasons to sooth the sellers ego.

I think the realtor wanted my reaction as leverage against his resistant sellers and was using me as 'free' expert information.

It is what it is, folks.  But hey,  do go out and rent "Two Mules for Sister Sara" and let me know what ya think.

Does anybody remember that movie?


  1. One of the best Westerns out there as far as I'm concerned - love Shirley MacLaine in this one.

    As for your realtor - yep, I think he just wanted free advice and leverage with his clients.

    1. I so love that you remember that movie, Heather! Yep, I guess I should have just kept my mouth shut for him to hire me. As always, thanks for weighing in sweet Heather!

  2. You nailed it! That's what it is here. I am not "in the business" or any business for that matter, but.....the community reads my blog. They call me for ideas ... It's very good for my ego, and I do help some. I'd love to really take this and run, but no one here is willing to pay 2 cents for any "advice" from a neighbor! I even had a Realtor ask for my advice.as a favor to help her stag her listings!

    1. Patty, those folks need to pay you for your advice! You are still 'in the business' if someone is seeking your council!