The Baltimore Maryland Agent: Food for Thought about Stale Listings

Food for Thought about Stale Listings


In my office we have fresh bagels every Wednesday morning as part of the rituals associated with our weekly office meeting. Some weeks they are more beautifully presented than others. This morning one of our newer agents was artfully arranging them on a platter in neat rows facing the same direction.


It was my turn to lead the office meeting. Seeing everyone thoughtfully chewing, I asked them if they were enjoying the bagels?

Nod, nod, "yes" they replied

Did you enjoy the bagels we had last week? (I asked)

Puzzled looks, followed by nod, nod "yes"

Great. I want everyone to know that I saved some of the bagels from last week. I have them in the kitchen, I've even placed them on a silver platter


So what would it take to get you to choose one of those bagels?


What if I paid you to eat one of those bagels, would $1...$10 be enough?

They had gotten my point. Today my topic was stale listings.

It's hard to motivate agents to consider a stale bagel, and it's definitely hard to get agents to pursue a stale listing. So I polled my associates and asked them how long before a listing is stale. The consensus?

2 Weeks

Just some food for thought

Rachel Rabinowitz

Broker / Owner Guerilla Realty  and

Vice President Tranzon Fox Auctions

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Comment balloon 2 commentsRachel Rabinowitz • May 23 2012 01:10PM


Really great way of illustrating a point. Kudos Rachel

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) about 8 years ago
Rachel, wonderful analogy. You could make bagel chips. Margaret
Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 8 years ago