Possibly. I should perhaps rephrase my definition of realtors to realtors on Fiverr. However, I do work with a local realtor and it is my firm belief that few have any persons best interest at heart other than their own. Their job is to sell properties no matter what, for the cheapest price (to them) as possible.
On Fiverr, realtors quickly became a nightmare for me to work with due to their ability to switch from nice: “Hello, I’m Yvonne from X and I love your work!” Into nasty, insulting, threatening bullies, as soon as after several free revisions on already discounted work, I politely informed them that more would require extra payment.
If it was one, it would be a bad selling experience. If it was 2 a month, it would be a curiosity, the fact that it was at least 50% of realtors ordering from me, is what laid the foundation of my prejudice. - And why I now do not offer any real estate services.
I do still offer real estate services off-Fiverr and benefit from a tidy sum at the end of almost every month. I do, however, also run into many of the same problems. i.e. I can sit with a realtor and show them examples of my work. I explain how my style of videos is best suited for use on social media, which platforms, and what kind of elements I can include. (Drone footage etc).
Now, however, I reject all new inquiries. Specifically, due to:
- Provision of work resulting in: “Sorry, we don’t actually need this anymore, I should have emailed, how do we go about getting a refund?”
- Agents wanting to haggle about prices (which are already massively discounted at $60) in-person at their office. - Really? You want me to get on a bus, a ferry, visit the neighboring island, and discuss the possibility of doing the exact same project for $40?
- Most agents always being late for appointments, requesting to pay after delivery (with no deposit down) and all feeling a need to numb my brain with stories of how amazing they are.
In short, I have never had the displeasure to work with so many people from the same industry, who seem to have such a universal disregard for other peoples time. The upside, though, is that a bit of an expose on the Maltese housing market which I have been able to write as a result, is selling quite well!
Edit: Also, it has been interesting to learn that should my freelance career ever come to an end, I would likely be able to become a real estate agent in a matter of weeks. - And be incredibly good at it! :)