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Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose

A real estate agent I absolutely admire and feel great affection for tried to talk me into getting on an “approved attorney” list her agency provides buyers and sellers who don’t have their own representation.

I never had any desire to get on such a list as it seemed to imply that my loyalty would lie with the agency rather than a client, and I would never want my ethics compromised.  But there was a certain tugging at my moral character when she brought it up recently, as business is so stagnant that any new source of referrals is quite tempting.  Was there a catch, I asked her?  Yes, I’d have to use the title company owned by the agency.

I also admire and feel great affection for the (abstract) title company I have used for 22 years, and besides the fact that I would always be highly suspicious of using a real estate agency’s title company (there’s a built in incentive to close quickly, I believe, no matter what issues might arise), I would not abandon “my” title company.  They have always looked out for my clients, and though times are so lean that I have been unable to provide them any recent business, I want to ensure that any transaction I do have is in the future is placed with them.

So the list offer was declined, and that was that.  But then the universe decided to stop kicking me in the butt for a moment and instead make me deliriously happy.  The wonderful owners of the title company knocked at my door and gave me tickets for Friday night’s METS GAME!!! At Citifield!  Where I never thought I’d get to go in 2009!

Larry & David, the company owners, had no idea what I’d declined on their behalf, but Mama Karma apparently did, and she decided to compel them to hand me a cosmic gold star.  Now, I need each and every one of my readers to implore Mother Nature to join in this universal reward I am reaping and make sure that there’s no rain-out Friday night.  C’mon, I don’t ask you for much, do I?

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 2nd, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
There's very little loyalty or awareness of how clients perceive us as lawyers, so thanks for keeping things on the straight.
real_lawyer
Apr. 2nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you'll agree that's the best way to do things so you don't find yourself at the wrong end of a claim or a charge or a warrant. And on the right end of feeling you've done the proper thing for the people you deal with.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 4th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Good instincts! Despite the temptation, given these difficult economic times, your decision is well thought out (not that you need anyone else's opinion on the subject). I would never use an attorney or a home inspector that comes by way of the realtor who is involved in the transaction, regardless of how much I respect or appreciate the realtor's professionalism.
real_lawyer
Apr. 6th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I always appreciate feedback.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 7th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
"Larry & David" must be great businessmen to inspire such loyalty in you. I understand about appearances and loyalty but I still know that in my business the customers are fickle and move about without any care or concern. I wish I had customers who cared instead of ones who say 'what's in it for me today'?
real_lawyer
Apr. 7th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
They are men I am proud to do business with, if I only had business!
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