"I was just wondering if you'd appreciate being lumped in with the least honorable of your particular profession?"I share a healthy skepticism of anyone who is trying to sell me something. If they are on the up and up, the deal will work out fine, and they won't mind me questioning and challenging them. I can cite a few examples of outright hostility I've encountered when I attempted to ask questions in a variety of deals. I don't think anyone really cares, but I've had less that enjoyable encounters with a car salesman (just recently had to write to the CEO of a group of dealers to get my local dealer to honor an advertised deal); my wife had to threaten raising public scene at a carpet dealer because they arbitrarily cancelled her previously scheduled installation, and treated her like an idiot when she ask them why; I got the evil eye from salesmen at an appliance dealer when I went to their "special" good customer sale, saw the advertised "special" price on a clothes dryer HIGHER than what they quoted me a few weeks before when I walked in off the street, and questioned them about it in front of other customers; I could go on. These are all true, unembellished events. Do you wonder why I'm a bit skeptical??Actually, a healthy sense of skepticism is vital in entirely too many areas of our lives. I was just hoping to cause you ponder how it feels to have people assume you are a con artist of sorts because of the actions of others in your profession.I mean, call a ripoff artist a ripoff artist but why assume ALL mortgage brokers are attempting to rip you off before you have proof?I always say, give someone enough rope and if they have bad intentions they will happily hang themselves with it. (And the extra slack will keep you from getting jerked around all the time... (grin) )Ed
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