Have you ever wondered if Realtor reviews are real or fake? Find out if you should believe the Realtor reviews you read online. I've seen it all over the last 20+ years in real estate and I see it's getting harder and harder to find a knowledgeable Realtor you can trust. With so many home buyers and sellers looking at online reviews of Realtors that they are thinking of hiring, I wanted to do a video on this whole review subject. Enjoy the video below.
Hi everyone. This is your Tampa Bay Realtor, Lance Mohr and in this video, I'm going to go over realtor reviews. I'm going to talk about should you or can you trust the realtor reviews that you read online? And then I'm going to go over a true story that actually happened to me.
Realtor reviews, I understand when you're looking for a real estate agent, you want to get online, you want to look at the different reviews, you want to check everything out. And all I would say is take this with a grain of salt. And the reason is, is these are online. A lot of them could be fake. A lot of them could be vindictive. Maybe different people are saying different things. If it's a video review, I would say tend to believe that a lot more over a written review. You want to definitely look around and shop but my suggestion to you, if you're going to get reviews, look at reviews. I think it's good but also go their website, their social media account, like their Facebook business page or their YouTube channel. See what kind of person they are. See what kind of agent they are. Read up on them. Look at the reviews with a grain of salt. Again, if it's a video review, it's probably more believable. But several years, what happened to me in 2009, I had one of our competitors in the area. And what he did, he was trying to sabotage my wife and I.
My wife was in business at the time with me. And what happened is you know when you go into Google and you start typing a name, it auto fills it? This is what he was doing. He was typing in Lance Mohr is a blank, it starts with a D. And then Lance Mohr is a blank and it starts with an A. And he was typing that in for days and days. Each one of them, like 50, 60 times a day. He's hoping when people were typing in my name it would auto fill with what he was saying. Well, the reason we found this out is because we actually had a program and every time my name or my website tamps2enjoy or it was typed in, what it would do it would track it and show the IP address. We looked at it and we saw the IP address was coming from three places. It was coming from Riverview, South Tampa and Spring Hill. Well, our competitor, they lived in Riverview. Their office was in South Tampa and their second home was in Riverview. And I know this because my wife and I used to be … well, I'm saying my wife and the other gal, the other owner, they were good friends until they had a falling out because they started plagiarizing stuff on our website. Anyhow, what happened is just a few days after this was happening, I noticed two reviews came in on me almost identically on one day and then four days later and they were one star reviews. One of them basically read that “I called Lance Mohr up. I was looking at buying a home. He referred me to his buyer's agent Anthony. It was a horrible experience. Lance started spam emailing me and I was buying at 1.2 to 1.5 million dollar home.” Well, first off. Anthony and I parted ways because he went off on his own months before that. And very few people, unless they knew me or they were actually buyers back months ago, actually even knew who Anthony was, and he was already gone. And second off, why would anybody put that they're buying a 1.2 or a 1.5 million dollar home in the review? It makes no sense. Plus, where he was looking at was basically a subdivision that was in my backyard. It was right next to me. It was just absurd. And I noticed both of them came in right one and then the other one four days later. I just … I'm not saying this about myself.
I'm just saying there are competitors out there that will try to sabotage their competition. And I know agents that have had friend write reviews for them. And just take that stuff with a grain of salt. When you're looking for a real estate agent, due your due diligence. Look at the reviews. But also again, get on their website. Get on their social media pages, their Facebook business page, their YouTube channel, et cetera. Check it out. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to give me a call. If you're looking in the Tampa Bay area, hopefully I'll get a chance to talk to you. I'd love to work with you. I wish you the best of luck in buying a home or selling a home. Have a wonderful day.
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