“After buying and selling a few houses I would rate real estate agents just barely above the drug cartels when it comes to morality and honesty.” That’s one of a number of negative comments about Realtors that appeared beneath an article recently published by The Washington Post.
Since registering on Nick Baldwin’s website in 2010, a New Jersey homebuyer had logged in 245 times and viewed 1,339 properties. But never once during the last five years did she respond to any of Baldwin’s emails or phone calls, according to Baldwin.
Calls for raising the bar in real estate have reached a fever pitch recently. The ranks of newbie agents have swelled over the last few years, and one report recently cast subpar agents as the No. 1 threat to the industry. We’ve rounded up some proposals from Inman readers for how to remove the hack agents from real estate.