Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.)

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Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Jeff I've had both scenarios:

1. Didn't work out and the client lost faith and did their own thing.

2. Didn't work out and the client realized it wasn't a fit and asked me for another and that agent worked out.

Sep 18, 2018 09:19 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Most of the time they just found someone else on their own. Just happened with a FL referral recently. 

Sep 18, 2018 10:22 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Only once did the referral agent drop the ball! Luckily, I found a replacement. 

Sep 18, 2018 09:14 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 So far, so good.

Sep 18, 2018 09:04 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Up to this point, I have been successful with referrals.

Sep 18, 2018 08:29 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I've been fortunate that my referrals have worked out.

Sep 18, 2018 08:23 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

No, I did not. 

Mostly, I get referrals from agents from other states,  before our first meeting with the buyers or sellers a referral agreement to be signed by both brokerages.

Working right now with the buyers from NY referred to me by NY agent.

Sep 18, 2018 12:31 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Yes, I did refer our buyer to  some NY agent. 

Boy, that agent was not easy and a negotiating for our referral fee was not pleasant at all. Price range was more or less $1,000,000. 

At the end the buyer did not buy anything, moved to Florida. 

Did not buy anything in Florida. Went back to NY. 

This is my story. 

Sep 18, 2018 12:26 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I referral 2 agents one time and the second one worked out


Sep 18, 2018 12:17 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

They are usually lost if the referral agent does not work out.

Sep 18, 2018 11:56 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Yes.  This was with my clients that were relocating to Chula Vista.  I could not find an agent in AR.  I called you and asked if you knew of anyone. I called others in the AR community ... no luck. That sent me to the World Wide Web.  I found several agents. Made many calls and interviewed agents.  The agent I choose seems like she would be great.  Holy Crow.  
My client called me and said:  You really spoiled us, Kathleen. This agent does not do this. does not do that. She expects me to leave work (my client is an attorney) and we just don't have the confidence in her.  They were so turned off by the process and really wanted to get settled so they ended up renting. 

Sep 18, 2018 11:54 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 / Property Manager

I've had great luck with referrals.  I did have one fairly recently, though, where the personalities didn't quite click.  It surprised me because I know all parties.  I guess one of the agents was more dominating than they liked.  All is well that ended well, though.

Sep 18, 2018 11:28 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I have had the potential buyer or seller not work out but have been lucky with the agents...especially here on AR.

Sep 18, 2018 11:22 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I have been very fortunate not to have had this happen...yet! 

I'm so sorry you are, Jeff but, hopefully you can get someone referred that they do find a good fit.

Sep 18, 2018 10:28 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

So far, no problems.

Sep 18, 2018 10:04 AM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

Happened once where I called the out of state agent and asked them to call the client asap.  Instead, the agent waited a few days. Well, the clients found someone on their own and bought a house that first day out! 

Sep 18, 2018 11:54 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I interview the agent before I give the clients contact info.... if the agent doesn't sound as I want him/her to, it's NEXT....

Sep 18, 2018 10:59 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Yes, I had two experiences where I pulled the agent I referred my clients to after they had less than a stellar experience. Referred them to new agents and all worked out well.

Sep 18, 2018 10:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Stuff happens.  Life goes on.  We react/act according to the circumstances at that time. 

Sep 18, 2018 10:48 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

More often a problem with the client than the agent, some work out, others do not, we keep dozens of these out there, hopefully most produce results.

Sep 18, 2018 07:29 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff Dowler, CRS - yes, that happens for several reasons. Good thing is, referrals remain with you.

Sep 18, 2018 03:21 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Yes, my company at that time, referred the agent in a Referral Program Jeff Dowler, CRS.  It was a close personal friend who was selling a small, second home, 3,000 miles away.  The referral agent did not return calls and communication was lacking, and even though my company (not the current company I am with) vetted him, and I vetted him, it was not a good match.  End of Story - my friend decided to keep that small home as a rental, and did not put it on the Market.

Sep 18, 2018 03:09 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Absolutely and I've been on both ends (referring and having been referred). I don't remember any second chances in either position. A referral that doesn't work usually is the end of the end Jeff Dowler, CRS .

Sep 18, 2018 07:18 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes and yes

Sep 18, 2018 05:07 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Yes it has happened and I was able to salvage the lead and refer another successfully.

Sep 18, 2018 03:09 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Ormond Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Daytona Beach Area Florida Homes

So far I have not had any issues. 

Sep 18, 2018 03:03 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

We have done this when personalities just don't match.

Sep 18, 2018 06:41 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Sep 19, 2018 04:43 AM
Romylio "Romeo" Cordoba - NSB Realtor
Adams Cameron and Co. Realtors - New Smyrna Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate Agent

Most will find one on their own. Seen it happen when I did a California referral.

Sep 19, 2018 01:43 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have, and the listing agent never returned calls to my potential Sellers.  They ended up contracting with another agent before I could help them.

Sep 22, 2018 07:42 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I have. I was able to get them over to another agent and get the buyer taken care of.

Sep 19, 2018 10:17 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Only id I had been staying in touch 

Sep 19, 2018 10:15 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  The few times I've referred someone to another agent, it was worked beyond my expectations.

Sep 19, 2018 08:52 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have.  Sometimes they were still available for another referral but most times they went and found someone else on their own.

Sep 19, 2018 06:34 AM