Jennifer Parrish, Closing Business (Ocean Realty )

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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
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"What's the racial/religious profile of this neighborhood?" (Often not quite this politely stated.)

Ā 

Oct 31, 2019 02:00 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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Don't talk to me about real estate can't you see I'm trying to have a damn drink! šŸ„ƒšŸ„ƒšŸ„ƒ

Kidding kind of.

I'm avoiding questions from people who have agents.

The only questions I want to hear, seriously:

Can you help with my acquisition? Can you help with my disposition?

Oct 31, 2019 06:01 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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Above example I would say 'what are you interested about?'

I avoid questions on what kind of people live here. I'd get a script for that.Ā 

Oct 31, 2019 01:43 PM
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Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
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No but there are some questions that should not be answered. In those cases it is best if the customer does their own research.Ā 

Oct 31, 2019 04:47 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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You ALWAYS answer that question with GREAT if you want to sound like a winnerĀ Jennifer ParrishĀ 

Oct 31, 2019 02:50 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I don't consider your example avoiding a real estate question. There might be questions that I won't answer directly because it's illegal to do so per Equal Housing laws... but even these I still answer by saying I can't provide data and they are welcome to do their own research. 

Oct 31, 2019 02:03 PM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
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Every client has different needs based on so many factors. Will answer every question except crime statistics and ā€˜bad areas/best areasā€™ rhetoric...

Oct 31, 2019 04:45 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
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No.Ā  I'll answer to the best of my ability, or defer to another source.Ā  If it's a fair housing type question, I'll respond with a "I can't legally answer that" type response.

Oct 31, 2019 02:48 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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I do not avoid any questions in real estate.Ā Ā 

Bring them on!

Ā 

Oct 31, 2019 02:03 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
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Not really. However, as your example reveals, I am adept and redirecting the intent of the question.

How's the market?Ā  is 'Depends on where you live." See what I'm doing there?

"Are you going to make America Great Again?" isĀ  "America's greatnessĀ is the collection a great ideas. What is Your idea?"

"Those people are religiousĀ freaks!" is 'How about those Buccaneers?"

"Yes or No, do you really think Trump should be president?" becomes

"Yes or No,Ā  are you still off the cocaine?"

And of course the sly smile lets folks no I'm not waking into their trap.

Oct 31, 2019 01:54 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Race, religion

Oct 31, 2019 01:44 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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YES!

Anything political (or religious), I AVOID like the plague!

Oct 31, 2019 09:46 PM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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Answer a question with a question "What do you hear about it?"

Oct 31, 2019 09:31 PM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
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You have been in real estate a long time. How come you are not rich?

Oct 31, 2019 03:39 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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There is lots to discuss about everything...Let's get to it!

Oct 31, 2019 03:05 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
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GREAT!Ā 

Oct 31, 2019 03:52 PM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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Well, that's not avoiding the question... that's asking for more information so you can answer the question with some intelligence.

Oct 31, 2019 03:48 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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I get that question quite often and i never avoid it, it is my opening to drag them in and make them a client. I always answer everything with a positiveĀ 

Oct 31, 2019 02:51 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Questions about who lives in this neighborhood, is it safe, are the schools good, how is the crime?

Oct 31, 2019 02:47 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
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I don't avoid it..... I put a spin on it and go from there....just as you did....

Oct 31, 2019 05:12 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Jennifer,

I would not avoid any question, however my answer may include check with your attorney, CPA! Ā Whenever, I have asked re nationalities, I have always said that they are Americans! Ā A

Oct 31, 2019 02:19 PM
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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
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Are you talking about avoiding THESE kinds of questions?

10 Things Your Realtor Can't Tell You

Oct 31, 2019 08:31 PM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

No I don't. Your answer is a perfect answer.

Oct 31, 2019 07:18 PM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/RealtorĀ®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Most people ask me how the real estate market is going. Real Estate is so regional, I always answer with a whole lot of stuff to give them a variety of information. For example, here it could be that it's impossible to get fire insurance for certain types of homes in cetain areas. I just went through this with a client who ended up buying in Pebble Beach.

Oct 31, 2019 05:03 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
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Question: How is the market?

My answer: Well, why do you ask?

Oct 31, 2019 02:09 PM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
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Oh yes, there are many areas that we are not supposed to speak on- schools are one, legal matters are another & anything that violates fair housing laws is another.Ā 

Nov 01, 2019 05:28 AM
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Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Depends on the question, who's asking, and the context that it's being asked in

Nov 01, 2019 05:05 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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General questions I would answer.Ā  If it borders on legal opinion I avoid.

Nov 01, 2019 04:59 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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I do not avoid questions although my response is often another question!

Nov 01, 2019 04:06 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Nope, there is no stupid questions they say.

Oct 31, 2019 10:22 PM
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Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
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Yes, if it is a violation of the law. I'll say I can't answer it since it not legal to do so.

Nov 01, 2019 11:38 AM
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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I don't avoid questions and if I don't know something, I find it out for them.Ā  When people ask me how the market is, I always tell them it is outstanding.

Nov 01, 2019 11:13 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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I don't avoid questions, but sometimes I give an answer they don't want to hear. Some lady asked me at a Open House I was doing if I knew the what the race and nationality make up of the neighborhood was.Ā  I asked her if she just dropped out of the sky, andĀ  since you drove here through Leesburg, you already know that there are people here from all over the world of all races and nationalities so don't ask me stupid questions.

Nov 01, 2019 05:31 AM
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Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
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Depends on the question, racial,politics or religious, legal etc. If its a question that I "should"have an answer to but I'm not sure about the answer, I will gladly find the answer.

Nov 01, 2019 12:59 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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You havea good anser, if I do not know something I will tell them good question, let me find out for your area and get back to you!

Ā 

Nov 03, 2019 09:01 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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No, I don't.Ā  I do ask questions, but I am always willing to discuss market conditions.Ā  And I keep up so I know the direction the local market is trending and I'm always prepared to let them know national stats are not always true of our local market.

Nov 02, 2019 10:58 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
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Commission, other agents, how to take title, redlining, anything to do with prejudice.

Nov 01, 2019 10:45 PM
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Roy Kelley
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No. Everybody wants to talk about real estate. That is how you generate prospects.

Nov 01, 2019 05:46 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORSĀ® - Atlanta, GA
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I do not but, thank you for asking.

Nov 01, 2019 05:40 PM
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Valeria Mola
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All below.

Nov 01, 2019 08:11 AM
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That depends, are you buying, selling, or investing?

Nov 01, 2019 08:03 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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In matters of ethics and discrimination one should avoid some questions.

Nov 01, 2019 07:10 AM