I'm dealing with an client that has decided not to pay me for whatever reason. She hasn't returned my emails or phone calls. I'm not sure what the problem is... Have you ever encountered this or done a post on how to deal with agents refusing to pay. I'm not even sure how to go about get my money.
In the last few months I've gotten more comments that real estate photographers are expending more energy than they'd like to on invoicing and getting agents to pay their bills. That's what motivated several recent posts (here, and here) on ways to set your business up to make sure that agents pay you before or in the process of delivering your work. Many people commented that they do just fine just doing business on a trust basis. Sure this is always preferred and usually works if you are dealing with successful business people but I know from direct experience that not all real estate agents are successful business people. So what do you do if an agent doesn't pay you? Here's my recommendation:
Throughout the above process be polite and persistent and expect all the players to behave like respectable business people and they usually will! A significant part of not getting into these kind of situations is your success at working for agents that are successful business people. If you work for successful business people you will usually get paid on time.