I mean, come on… why would you be a jerk to an agent that has chosen (for their own personal reasons) to leave your brokerage and go with another brokerage?
Wouldn’t it be in your best interest to retain a good working relationship with that agent?
Some say “Why?” – I say for at least 2 good business reasons. “Your agents will be working with them on future transactions” and “You never know when something will change in their lives and/or business, or the life and/or business of the brokerage they are changing to” which means: don’t burn the bridge, they might want (or need) to return to your brokerage.
Perhaps the brokers that are jerks are the ones that know that they lost those agents because of simply being a jerk.
I was in a class the other day – there were also 3 other broker/owners (from 3 different firms) in that same class.
Overheard 1 broker/owner make a derogatory comment about one of their agents – a top producing agent – an agent who has an impeccable reputation both inside (and out) of the industry.
I was in shock. Couldn’t believe that a broker/owner was opening their YAP about one of their agents where someone could hear – and – then I was all – “YES! Everything ISN’T all right in their world” (it happens to be an agent we would love to have at our firm, an agent we’ve been passively recruiting for a couple months now).
That Broker/Owner just gave me the “in” I needed with that agent.