Myrtle Beach Real Estate by Mirela

Education... It Pays, In More Ways Than One...

I just finished giving an agent a counter to an offer his clients made on one of my listings.  He questioned me on an issue.  He authoritatively explained to me what the paragraph meant and condescendingly asked how long I had been in Real Estate. 

I've been waiting for this one!  Ok, here's a rendition of just how it went down:

Good old boy Agent:  "... That's what that paragraph says!  Mirela, how long have you been in Real Estate?" You have to envision his tone here, done in that superior "teacher to student" voice that an older, southern man naturally assumes when dealing with a young woman.

Me:  "I've been a Realtor since 1988.  I am a Broker in Charge in both South Carolina AND North Carolina.  I am a GRI, ABR, currently taking RLI classes and ..."

Good old boy Agent:   "OK, OK, OK, fine!"  He quickly interrupted my barrage of accreditations.  "Sorry!" he mustered in a muffled tone.  Translation - "Sorry!" as in "sorry, I couldn't put one over on you"... 

Ah, education, it sure comes in handy!


Your Myrtle Beach Real Estate Connection, Mirela Monte



      You Tube      



Comment balloon 13 commentsMirela Monte • March 05 2008 07:15PM


I would love to hear from other agents about their own rebuttals!
Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 12 years ago
My goal is to get the whole alphabet after my name!! Keep getting those designations!
Posted by Todd Jones (Weichert Realtors - Hibble & Associates) over 12 years ago
Good luck, Todd!  It's worth it! 
Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 12 years ago
You go girl! Just today, I had a "veteran" agent (i.e. one that has been in the business 19 years) try to give me the low down on a "kick out clause." I had to calmly point out - that is what it used to say, but the form changed THREE years ago with new verbiage. Thank you GRI class!
Posted by Debbie DiFonzo, Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate (Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri) over 12 years ago
I usually tell them I'm not going to get into a discussion of who know more.  If they want I can, I'll win.  I haven't been licensed since '88 but '97.  Still over a decade in real estate in the Seattle area.
Posted by Brian Kreick (Willinger Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Mirela - Way to go!  The education certainly pays off for us all.

Posted by Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional (RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA) over 12 years ago
Mariela,  I believe in education as well and have to admit that's one of the things that I like so much about AR.  It's a great place to learn so much.
Posted by Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker (Marc It Sold!) over 12 years ago

Marc:  I couldn't agree with you more!

Karen:  Thank you for your comment!

Brian:  That's what I usually do.  This guy just pressed the wrong button...

Debbie, you go girl!  That was a great story.  Thanks for sharing!


Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 12 years ago


What a wonderful, funny story. I know how this can be - sometimes despite all the education, " Good old boy" as you phrased it can't help but think he has an advantage despite all of the degrees and education one may possess. 

As a former English teacher and administrator who grew up in Conway, I can only imagine how the words such as "honey" came about until GRI, ABR, and other letters of the alphabet arose. I was just having this discussion with some former colleagues & teachers tonight.  Should we say "Ignorance is bliss, or is that just what others want us to believe.?"

Great job speaking up for yourself and your profession! Hopefully, I can learn some tips from you. Thanks for sharing and adding reality to the subject.  


Posted by Wendy Hodges, Davis & Hodges (Re/Max Southern Shores) over 12 years ago

Thank you, Wendy for those kind words!

Me and the "good old boy" are getting along beautifully now.  We have a deal together and he has been a lovely man.  Sometimes we just have to (please excuse me for being crude here) "piss our turf", sort of speak...  I'm pretty good at that.   Ok, ok, ok...  for all of you who know me:  I am very good at that! 

If you are not going to stand up for yourself, who will?

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 12 years ago
Sounds like the broker who told me to control my client on Saturday.   Problem is that my client is a SVP at a major national lender.  Control who?  I said then laid into the other broker with my buyers background.
Posted by Jeffrey Dolfinger, NRBA Member (24/7 Realty Inc.) over 12 years ago

See there Mirela, you handled this all too professionally.  You should have threatened to drive over to his place and kick the living.....uh, sorry, I just watched a Dirty Harry movie. 

You're absolutely correct.  Never argue with the ignorant or you'll both lose. 

Posted by Guy E. Gimenez, ABR, CRS, GRI - Broker & Investor (512-731-5613) (The PowerHouse Group) over 12 years ago

Ha,ha, that is too funny!  I read your comment on my blackberry during a business meeting and I burst out laughing.  Oops!

Thanks, Guy, for adding color to my day!

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 12 years ago