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The Real Estate “TEAM” Deception

Whenever I hear of real estate agents boasting about their “teams” I can’t help but think of how the public is being deceived by this terminology. This advertising intends to increase an unknowing client’s confidence, with the client expecting a team of professionals to be deployed on the client’s behalf, to achieve the client’s goal. However the word team is very non-specific, it could mean two people, or twenty people. The subliminal message to the client is clear: the team has you covered. If one member of the team is unavailable, or drops the ball, there’s another right there to pick up the slack. Or, so the client is lead to believe. Unfortunately for the client, with a “team” comes a lack of accountability. The team concept takes the focus off individual responsibility, and gives the team, and/or non performing members the ability to make excuses, and point blame onto others on the team for any shortcomings. In my opinion it is best to deal with one dedicated professional who takes full personal responsibility for the task, one that will not pass the buck, but will be individually accountable for the successful completion of the task.


A woman I know has changed her habit of how she lists the names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. 20 minutes later when she called her husband from a pay phone telling him what had happened, he said “I received your text asking about our Pin number, and I replied a little while ago.” When they rushed to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text ‘hubby’ in the contact list, and got hold of the pin number.  Within 20 minutes the thief had withdrawn all the money from their bank account. Moral of the lesson: Do not disclose any relationships between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc. …


A police report states that someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. The car was parked in a designated parking lot adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a gun, a garage door remote control and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents. Something to consider if you have a GPS – don’t put your home address in it… Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.