Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944, Love To Help People (eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)

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Texas Pride Realty Group Brokered by HomeSmart Stars - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

If the client found me and sought me out because of our shared political beliefs, you betcha! People want to do business with those they know, like, and trust.  But if the political beliefs of the clients are unknown, then, no.

Feb 04, 2023 06:36 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

It's not something I bring up, but I have on a rare occasion flipped it to my advantage and solidified a few business relationships (non real estate). 


Interestingly my situations had more to do with international politics.

Feb 04, 2023 06:25 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

In general, it's not a topic I'll ever initiate, and will deflect conversation attempts on the topic back to real estate related.  Our immediate market area is heavy red, that shifts as you get closer to Cincinnati.  If it's critical for a client to know the political makeup of their new area, a quick check of bumper stickers at the local grocer, restaurants, etc. will usually provide a good test of the local politics.

Feb 04, 2023 06:23 AM
Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

I ask the question because my grandmother and mom told me, as mentioned already, you never get into a conversation about politics or religion. They told me those are the two things that it is very easy to get into an argument about. They told me you can belong to the same party or same religion and not agree with an issue. Which means ARGUMENT.So I stay away from them two subjects if at all possible. This is just the advice my grandmother and mother gave me.

Feb 04, 2023 09:24 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

MOST of my clients' political leanings are also my own. So sure, if they want to!
The RARE occasion where a client's views differ greatly than my own, I will remain quiet and we will change the subject. 
I don't attract folks without common sense, as a general rule.

Feb 04, 2023 08:26 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I hate politics and don't talk politics with anyone so I doubt I would talk politics with customers or clients, haha.  Sadly, I see people's political opinions causing a huge divide these days.  People that were close to each other are no longer even friends because of differing political views.

Feb 04, 2023 05:59 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Only if you want to filter and eliminate potential clients by political idealogy.

Feb 04, 2023 09:02 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Not only should it not be discussed, but it shouldn't even be brought up!  

Feb 04, 2023 08:14 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Though politics play a part in our industry, it is not wise to discuss politics with buyers and sellers in a business environment.

Feb 04, 2023 07:19 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It depends on if there is a niche market that will support the income you desire. ie I marketed to those of the same Christian faith as I and I did very well. Obviously they were not my only clients as many people could care less what my faith was, they just wanted a home. That being said Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944  my clients were Builders, Developers, and Contractors. I usually did my selling from model homes. It was my faith that drew my clientele to me and it was the model homes that brought the Buyers to me.

Also to be said, here in ND if you wanted to bill yourself as "The Conservative" Realtor of choice you would have plenty of clients to support your lifestyle.

Feb 04, 2023 06:58 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Nor religion!

Feb 04, 2023 06:20 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Hi, Charles

      Is it politics, or is it Economics?


       If they ask me why Florida home prices are so high, that is a question of Economics.  Florida home prices are going through the roof because of people fleeing high tax states up north.  Demand for housing is exceeding supply, especially in south and central Florida.


    And, the underlying costs of building more homes is an Economic question.   Construction costs have skyrocketed, thanks to the inflation that started after the Biden Administration came into power.


   But Politics?  Nope, let's not talk about that.




Feb 04, 2023 09:00 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

You lost me at "should" however I understand the basis of the question. 

My personal and professional policies are that I do not bring up politics or religion.  

If it comes up I will LISTEN. 

Depending on the direction of what I am hearing, I may join the conversation or I may redirect or change the topic. 


Feb 04, 2023 08:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Not politics and not religion! My opinions are none of their business. If they bring up the subjects I listen politely, make no comments, and bring the conversation back to the issues at hand... buying or selling their home.

Feb 04, 2023 07:56 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I do not discuss politics with clients and if they bring it up, I usually segue back to whatever else we were discussing - or on to the next topic.

Feb 04, 2023 07:38 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

not something I bring up, but at times the conversation drifts there...

Feb 04, 2023 07:16 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

NOPE, not politics or religion.

Feb 04, 2023 06:43 AM
Sean Gilliam
LoKation Real Estate - Longmont, CO
Real Estate on the Front Range

I avoid it and certainly don't initiate it.  As others have commented, I stick to the facts regarding real estate and meeting their needs, as that is what I'm there for.  Getting into politics can cause unnecessary distractions and potentially may alienate you from your clients. 

I have heard of one agent that builds their business on being political.  I suppose that works if you're in a location that is predominantly one end of the political spectrum.

Feb 04, 2023 06:40 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

In my opinion make the conversation about information, solutions to the questions your real estate buyer and seller are asking. Let the buyer, seller talk to learn how you can help them. If you want to turn someone off that does not share the same personal convictions, instead of real estate helpful and  professional... just do a 180 degree. Shoot the breeze, rant about your opinions on politics, religion, whether COVID shots needed or not, did the US really land man on the moon, etc @CharlesRoss . Snarky and highly opinionated is the best way to whittle down and narrow your audience.

Feb 04, 2023 05:59 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®


Feb 04, 2023 10:29 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I do not talk politics when a client has hired me to assist them with a business decision.  

Feb 04, 2023 10:08 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

It is not done up here at all.  I wouldn't know family or friends affiliation.

Feb 04, 2023 08:26 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

I don't go down that road with close friends so why with clients?  

Feb 04, 2023 06:52 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Best to steer away; might get ugly; never initiate. If client starts the conversation, feel out first where they stand and if their views align with your position, cautiously respond, if you choose; if not, change the subject tactfully. It's safer to remain neutral with clients. 

Feb 04, 2023 06:33 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Depends on the client and their opinion.

Feb 04, 2023 11:32 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I don't bring up the topic of politics with a new client, but as time goes on the subject seems to rear its ugly head sometimes and I will not stand back and say nothing.  If my client and I are of the same opinions the conversation can go on and on and on.  Otherwise, not so much.  IMHO

Feb 04, 2023 09:11 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Sex, religion and politics are three topics that I refuse to discuss with clients. I have only had one discussion about religion as a realtor and it was with a real estate broker friend.

We went to lunch one day shortly after we met and he suddenly said to me "You do know that I'm Jewish" and I shrugged and responded, "That's nice, I'm not, what's your point?". We had a good laugh and have been friends ever since but the topic has never come up again.

P.S. I do NOT recommend using that response with clients!

Feb 04, 2023 07:27 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

No, No. No.  You may not know which party they are or even about one person in a party that they do not like.


Feb 04, 2023 08:53 AM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Notary Training, Consulting. Colorado Springs, CO

In some cities and counties, political discrimination is illegal under local laws.
So, if you talk politics, or treat people differently based on politics, or political affiliation, it opens the door to accusations of political discrimination.  Know your state and local laws and court cases.

Feb 04, 2023 08:44 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671


Somefolks agree with me, some folks are open, some are best to leave in their own bubble.

For the most part it is best to spend time discussing what it takes to arrive at a successful outcome on their project.

Feb 04, 2023 09:14 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Sorry I discuss it with anyone that wants to and I'm very persuasive.

Feb 04, 2023 01:19 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I do not & try to distract them with things in the home as quick as possible. Sometimes you just have to come out & tell them to stop talking about it.

Feb 04, 2023 11:56 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

It's just not good business. We're here to help people buy and sell Real Estate. I try to keep my opinions to myself. We do have discussions amongst our kids but they're free to think and express themselves differently. 

Feb 06, 2023 05:46 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Politics is in such a state o confusion and deception that it is a subject to be avoided. Too many have relied on false facts to form opinions.

Feb 05, 2023 04:34 AM
Phyllis Ross
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Realtor Central Kansas Residential Sales

In my opinion, you should not discuss politics with clients or customers as a real estate agent - most definitely not. 

Feb 04, 2023 01:46 PM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

My area is 90%+ leaning in the same direction as me- but even if you tend to largely agree- it can still have landmines. A good example- while there is a huge shortage of affordable housing in NYC - we are having a local standoff with a developer upped the stakes to 50% of this massive new development with affordable housing in Harlem- and that still isn't good enough for the socialist community board member to allow a rezoning for the building to move forward. The developer was frustrated- and pulled the plug on the project- meaning over 450 proposed affordable units disappeared in a day. The developer then decided to take another (likely temporary) path- and built a truck stop in the location- making headlines "Truck You!". I agree the community needs more affordable housing and it's worth fighting for- but there is a point where the socialist politician needs to be realistic as it's not her land, nor her risk, nor her money. This went from 25% affordable housing to 50% affordable- and I think the developer is ultimately being reasonable and the politician is being unreasonable (wanting 100% affordable). 

FYI- The Reverend Al Sharpton's offices are located on this property, and while he was originally planning a civil rights museum in the proposed new building, he backed out- but has been relatively quiet since.

At the end of the day, the community is better served with 50% affordable building - for over 450 affordable units- than a truck stop- or 100% market rate apartments, likely luxury condos, that don't require a rezoning since it wouldn't be a tall tower. Since this is part of my coverage area, and I don't work rentals- it would be better for me to have luxury condos in this location...but still given the community needs - I would love to see the 450 affordable units.

The politics are filled with landmines...and it's often not as clear as Republican vs. Democrat- so it's often best to steer clear.   

Feb 07, 2023 09:24 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I always stay diplomatic and polite, and only discuss anything like that when asked or prompted.  Basically, it's my policy to not broach non-business related topics, but I also don't hide any of my beliefs or opinions when asked about them.

The "opportunities" for these topics to come up are, thankfully, few and far between.

Feb 06, 2023 01:32 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I am able to discuss any subject either by listening & nodding or by commenting & sharing. I know NOT to argue but share, explore, dialog & communicate. Intimacy is born when you know someone or something past superficial levels. Works well every time. 

Feb 05, 2023 12:10 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I don't avoid any discussion with my clients unless it impacts my real estate license.

Feb 05, 2023 11:56 AM