As a school owner, I frequently get requests from brokers to send them a list of my students and their contact information.  I usually ask if they are willing to give out their customers’ information to random people.  Of course, they think that’s a preposterous proposition.  But that’s exactly what they are asking me to do.

I have never given out students’ information without their permission.  That’s how I want to be treated as a customer, so that’s what I give to my customers.

Unfortunately, not all school owners think like that.  Because I’m a broker, I often receive ads from other school that are my competitors.  A new school opened recently and selling points to brokers is that if you refer customers to us, we will send you the names and contact information for all of our customers.  In other words, they are using your information as a bargaining tool to get brokers to recommend their school.  Wow!

Now frequently, I have a student say something like, “I want to work with Keller Williams.  Do you know anyone there?”

I am happy to say, “My student, Ray. works there.  He has done well there.  Can I give him your information and have him call you?”

In that case, I would be glad to facilitate the introduction with permission from the customer.

Our commitment to our customers is that we will not be the reason you will get additional spam emails, spam texts, or another other advertisements.  You will get enough of that without our encouraging it.  When you register for real estate school, ask the school if they ever give away, trade, or sell your information to brokers.

 

Please note that neither Karen Climer nor Demetree School of Real Estate has any connection to Climer School of Real Estate, Gold Coast Schools or Colibri.  My father, Ron Climer, started Climer School of Real Estate.  He sold it in 2014.  It has since been sold to a large corporation.