Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Not sure what I would do.  My first thought would be ... you are kidding - right? I tend to agree with Nina Hollander - that mindset would likely come up with other demands that might cause me to pass on the listing.

As for the loss ... more reasons to add to why that person hates so much. 

Is politics to blame?  Hell NO!  

Aug 25, 2018 07:59 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

WOW! That was one expensive opinion, wasn't it?! 

I've never had a request like that but, I have had sellers request that a particular brokerage not be allowed in their home.

I only want a qualified, ready, willing & able buyer - they can believe anything they want to - it matters not to me!

Aug 25, 2018 09:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I dno't remember that, Fred. In my case, I've not run into this issue, but if I were to, I might just pass on that listing... not because I might or might not agree with the homeowner's views, but because it's a warning that these people could come up with all sorts of other excuses and issues that would make the sale difficult. And I'm always wondering, how do we go about asking someone whom they support politically? And how would we know if they were telling the truth?

Aug 25, 2018 07:33 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I do remember the AR discussion when the house first went on the market.  I suspect that the house sold for what the market was willing to pay and was overpriced at first.

I would not have been interested in working for that seller. That would have been asking for trouble.

Aug 25, 2018 08:28 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Not allowing other people to the freedom of opinion can be costly. 

Aug 25, 2018 09:21 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I do remember that question or post & thought good luck enforcing that without problems. Sellers asked for it & the agent didn't help matters by letting it go on or continue. HUD will be visiting.

Aug 25, 2018 07:36 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Gosh, it was sure worth it...right?

She makes $100k less a year later?  She paid the price for stupidity.

...and the current agent has no knowledge of any restrictions...sure, I bet.

Her financial loss sounds good to me...


Aug 25, 2018 07:33 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Fred Griffin 

Interesting question. 

How will the seller know about political believes of the buyers? 

Aug 25, 2018 10:49 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If I knew of the seller restriction upfront, probably not! Too many issues to face for so little benefit!

Aug 25, 2018 08:50 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Fair Housing solves this in the public arena. 

They either comply or sell off market privately FSBO.

Ultimately how would you know? You can't ask and if you do they do not have to tell you and or they can simply lie. 

This seller is as big an idiot as Trump, ironically.

Aug 25, 2018 08:44 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

another nutty!!!!

Aug 25, 2018 08:59 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I would not take the listing, the seller doesn't sound like they are stable and it would probably end up a nightmare.

Aug 25, 2018 01:58 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Glad that my clients have other eccentricities.

Aug 25, 2018 11:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


No I would not, just like I would not take a listing from anyone who tells me what religion, color or nationality, etc, I cannot sell it to.  That kind of conviction is only the beginning of the hell that the seller will exhibit in the long run...A

Aug 25, 2018 11:41 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Yes I would and would not ask about or allow political discrimination

Aug 25, 2018 08:21 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

At the present time, political affiliation is not a protective class. But why would someone be this foolish?  

Aug 25, 2018 03:16 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

The least tolerabe people are those who preach tolerance. Politcs has blinded them and hate is making them act worse by the day. Selling a home is a business. Sell at the best price to the most qualified person no matter who they are. It is like the restaurants not service Trump supporters. SO short sighted, narrow minded and just plain foolish. A computer store here put up that notice and a month later they were out of business.   

Aug 25, 2018 01:08 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

We can choose or not choose who we work with.

Aug 25, 2018 12:39 PM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Tsk, tsk, it would appear INTOLERANCE costs a big price!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 25, 2018 11:05 AM
Byron K . Jones
Coatesville, PA
List Today - Sold Tomorrow!

Money is Green No matter what your Color, Race, Religion, Social Status, long as you can purchase either through cash, mortgage i'm selling you a home

Aug 25, 2018 10:37 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Even though political beliefs are not a Protected Class, it makes 'no sense' or 'no cents' to me, to have someone be so narrow-minded Fred Griffin.  Would their next comment be about someone's ethnicity or gender or orientation.  We would have to have The Talk - if I decide to take their house, I want to sell it.  I am not there to pick them or anyone apart.  Seriously, for me . . .  life is too short! 

Aug 25, 2018 07:27 PM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Aug 25, 2018 06:09 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I would love to walk in with a "MAGA" hat and write an clean offer, just to sue her in court for discrimination.  Now where is HUD on this?  Sure they can sue faceybook over the ability to discriminate (but no proven discrimination) and they're silent on this person who is actively discriminating.  F'd up!

Aug 25, 2018 02:41 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Don't ask Don't tell is how I would handel that type of Seller.

Aug 25, 2018 02:10 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I guess the seller can afford to squander her inheritance just so her friends in the bubble can pat her on the back.

Aug 25, 2018 02:10 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thankfully, I have not faced this situation.

Aug 25, 2018 12:47 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Of course I would take the listing.

Then advise the buyer agent(s) to keep their clients big mouth shut.

Be aware, when the call comes to make a showing appointment I will advise the buyer agent I will call for feedback. It should be clear to anyone with a brain, the words I want to hear.

Aug 25, 2018 09:50 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

To me, this is ridiculous.  Without digging into it, there's no way of knowing if the seller lost over 100k or if the home was originally overpriced or if the market changed from the time it was originally listed to when it went under contract.  The seller and/or agent may have even thought the anti-Trump angle would get them more interest, money or both from those aligned with their position.

The idea of rejecting offers from those who do not share your political position is a not a winning approach.  It's downright foolish.  The buyer is not offering to move in with the seller so they can enjoy having the same opinion. 

Aug 25, 2018 09:04 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I am more of a don’t ask don’t tell type of person. Although, from what I know political affiliation is not a protected class.

Aug 25, 2018 01:54 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I would not take the listing myself - MAGA!!!!

Aug 26, 2018 05:03 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I could not believe that is for real.

I would list 

Aug 26, 2018 12:00 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Probably not.  Though, this article is very misleading as it never did get an offer close to its original list price.

Aug 26, 2018 06:43 AM
The Villages Realty
The Villages Realty - San Jose, CA
"Our Performance Will Move You!"

PR move.  What if the buyer lies?  Where does this craziness end?

Aug 26, 2018 06:11 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Stupidity has no bounds. Makes me wonder how this really works. I'd like to see the counter on that.

Aug 26, 2018 05:41 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I only work with motivated clients.

Aug 26, 2018 04:38 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - I did not know there are such people on the earth...

Aug 25, 2018 10:22 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Fred Griffin I avoid this type of sellers.

Aug 25, 2018 02:49 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Lucky I never had a client like this.


Aug 31, 2018 08:11 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I don't ask people about their political beliefs as i don't want to hear or have that discussion. I will sell to anyone legal and that is qualified so that will never be a problem for me.

Aug 30, 2018 08:44 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Political beliefs should not interfere with real estate transactions! 

Aug 30, 2018 06:13 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

No.  I have enough business to say NO to crazy people.

Aug 27, 2018 09:08 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Couldn't possibly be that a client this out in left field could be unrealistic with regard to list price, could it?  Sounds like the seller may have had many of her own ideas, and price wouldn't surprise me.  Overpriced sellers are prevalent in every market.  

A home in California could easily sell to someone that didn't vote for Donald Trump...if priced right.  It's not like she is shutting out the majority of buyers.  I think this story is just to get people amped up over politics again.  Don't bite!

Aug 26, 2018 06:44 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I only do lawful deals

Aug 26, 2018 06:27 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

All I can say is ROFL!!!

Aug 26, 2018 12:38 PM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Crazy burden to put on a listing agent.  I'd walk away.  (Then, I would take the Seller's name and address and sign them all for some of the radical right wing stuff that is out there!!!)

Aug 26, 2018 07:34 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Aug 26, 2018 03:41 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

The whole world is upside down 

Aug 26, 2018 01:03 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Silly if a belief can do this...

Aug 25, 2018 06:49 PM