“Cooperative and Rude?” (Not Mutually Exclusive)

In general, I’ve found that real estate has a lot less jargon and technical terms of art than law.

A notable exception?

The word (term?), “cooperate.”

To the average person, it means working with someone to accomplish a common task or goal — usually in a positive, agreeable manner.

However, to Realtors and specifically, brokers (at least in Minnesota), it just means two, much narrower things:  1) freely sharing information about each other’s listings; and 2) giving each other access to said listings. 

So, an agent who is rude or unpleasant may be guilty of bad behavior — but they’re not being “uncooperative” in the more formal, “Realtor” sense of the word.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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