Things Real Estate Agents Should Not Say - #1

I am consistently amused by the words that I hear some "ethically-challenged" real estate agents say. With an industry where the barrier to entry is so low (raise the bar please!) and over 50,000 licensed agents in our MLS, it's just bound to happen that our paths cross. Since I'm getting older and I think I'm starting to forget things, I'm now committed to documenting these unbelievable (or believable, depending on how you look at it) statements that I hear from real estate agents. This is partly to poke fun at these agents for my own amusement, but even more so to hopefully raise the professional standards of real estate professionals.

Not-so-good agent: "Is there anything you can tell me about your listing in the Los Altos Hills? I'm going to show it today at 6:30pm. Not that I really care, but the buyer is going to ask me and I want to tell them something."

Seriously???

Dear Not-So-Good Agent:

1. Do your own homework. I'm not going to do it for you.
2. If you don't care, then why are we having this conversation?
3. If you don't care, then what value to your bring to your client? Would you say the same words in front of your client?