I was my mother’s 3rd choice



  • Guest column by Dan Polimino.
  • Third time can be the charm with Realtors.
  • Sometimes it pays to switch

By Dan Polimino

Special to InsideRealEstateNews.com

Frequently, I get asked to list a home wherein I am the third Realtor that the seller has used in trying to sell their property.

Dan Polimino

Dan Polimino

In some cases, I have been interviewed for the job a year before or earlier and they selected someone else.

In other situations, they have tried two other real estate professionals and for whatever reason were unable to move the home.

The sellers have either read one of my columns or were referred to me and there I am, interviewing as the third Realtor on the job.

People ask me if I mind being the third choice in selling their home.

I always tell them, “I don’t mind at all as I was my mother’s third choice.”

Even though my brother and sister were born before me, being the third child and the baby certainly had its advantages.

The same can be said about being the third Realtor chosen to sell a home.


  • By the time a seller gets around to using their third Realtor, they are sick and tired of the whole process. They just want to know one thing and that’s, “What’s it going to take to sell this house?”
  • By this time, they generally have a very realistic view of the true value of their home.
  • By this time, they usually make all the right moves like having the home picture perfect and never missing a showing.
  • By this time, they not only understand the word compromise, but practice it.
  • And by this time, they are feeling and doing all of the above to sell the home.

That’s a great environment for me to be in as their agent and that’s why I tell people I don’t mind being their third choice.

In most cases, I hope to save them the pain of using three Realtors by being their first choice, but it doesn’t always work out that way.

I tell consumers all the time, “If what you are doing isn’t working, then change gears quickly to make the necessary adjustments.”

Dan Polimino is a Broker/Owner with the Colorado Dream House Team, Keller Williams Realty DTC. Contact Dan at dan@coloradodreamhouse.com, codreamhouse.com or coloradodreamhouse.com 

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John Rebchook

John Rebchook has more than 30 years of experience in writing and communications. As the Real Estate Editor for the Rocky Mountain News, he wrote about residential and commercial real estate for 26 years. He has won numerous awards for business stories and columns that he wrote, both as an individual and part of teams. In addition to real estate, he also covered economic development, banking and financing, the airlines, and cable TV for the Rocky. In addition, he was one of the original freelance writers for GlobeSt.com, covering commercial real estate for the Internet publication.

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