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What to do when swindled?

My previous posts may sound just a bunch of rants regarding how evil our age has become.  I just want our new real estate brokers to be aware that swindlers exist and they should really choose the people they transact with.  Some might ask: “Why didn’t I file a case against that licensed real estate broker?”  This post will answer just that.

Being a Christian means usually going against the norm.  Listen to what the Bible says about revenge:

“You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say, do not resist an evil person!  If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.  If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.”  – Matthew 5:38-40

“Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.  Don’t repay evil for evil.  Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you.  Instead, pay them back with a blessing.  That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.” – 1 Peter 3:9

Loving a real estate broker who turned out to be a swindler is difficult.  But, wholeheartedly, that is the right and peaceful thing to do.  If someone wronged you, pray and ask if you yourself did anything wrong to deserve it.  Then, pray and give grace to the person who dishonored your profession’s code of ethics.

 “If you want to enjoy life

And see many happy days,

Keep your tongue from speaking evil

And your lips from telling lies.

Turn away from evil and do good.

Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right,

And His ears are open to their prayers.

But the Lord turns his face

Against those who do evil.” – 1 Peter 3:10

This is an encouragement and I do hope you learned from my mistake.  God bless you.


Jonas Montemayor

Real Estate Broker

PRC License #:0007396


503-8070 / 0905-311-0120


Affiliated with: Philippine Association of Real Estate Boards


Filed under: Christianity, Real Estate Lesson, Spirituality, ,

2 Responses

  1. froilan says:

    Hi Monty! Sorry to hear about your experience with that kind of a broker– but thanks for sharing so that others (like) me would learn from it and avoid same mistake.

    My experience did not involve another broker but the client herself. I was servicing this client who called and asked for a 3BR unit in one of BGC’s most prestigious addresses. She (yes, female at that), being the executive secretary, asked to be shown at least a couple of options for her boss, a Japanese national assigned as the new country head of a multinational electronics company.

    After showing the options (which were not exclusive to us nor to anyone), she could no longer be reached. Turned out that she and the in-house marketer of the said condo made a direct deal. I felt really bad that time. Our company ‘lost’ its P200K+ commission from that deal.

    I trusted and I got swindled. From then on, my team no longer trust ‘clients’ that easily. I realized that looks could be deceiving. Even a big name could be deceiving. I never thought such a big Japanese company would have in its ranks a swindler as an executive secretary to its top honcho.

    Just like what you did, I just let it go. (Sigh) 🙂

    Cheers to decent brokers like you!

    • Froilan,

      Thank you very much for sharing your experience. It really does sting when you waited long for a close and you don’t get paid. Especially when you trusted your supposedly wealthy and ethical client.

      Because of your story. I will also be wary of these kinds of clients. I never, ever want to lose my valuable resource (time, energy, and money specifically) by handling bad accounts. Maybe we should write about how to attract and get quality accounts?

      Thank you very much again, Froilan.

      By the way, I see you are in to ‘Leasing.’ I’ll contact you when I have a requirement. Are you a member of any realty board?

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