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Message To Buyers You Have A Choice

 

There are buyers out there who feel obligated to use a particular real estate agent. Maybe its a friend, maybe it's a relative or maybe an acquaintance that has talked to you about RE in the past. 

You feel like you have to use them and may feel trapped by a specific agent. This is not the time or place for guilt.

How do I know? Buyers tell me. Just in the past couple of weeks, two callers asked me about properties.

When asked if they had a buyer's agent, the responses were disturbing.

They "sort of" have an agent, don't feel he/she is looking out for them. The agent does want a sale.

The buyers are told 'when you find something you like, you call me'.  One agent had not gotten back to this buyer for several weeks...not even when, what could have been a perfect house, was listed with this agent's office. By the time the buyer found it through an open house, it was already under contract! 

Buyers, your job to not to make the real estate agent feel good or to give them business because they 'need' the sale.

 

You have a choice

 

You have a choice to choose an agent that is looking out for your interests, getting you the best house, the best deal, the best inspectors, lenders, title attorney, and anything else that you need for a smooth transaction.

Looking for your new home should be a fun and exciting experience.

Your job is not to worry about the agent.

 

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Comment balloon 12 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • March 16 2019 02:06AM

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Morning Margaret.

We run into this situation on a weekly basis.  Lack of communication has killed many a deal, and caused many agents to leave the business

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 7 months ago

Good morning, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland some modes of thinking just do not make any sense at all.... that agent needs to learn a lesson she'll never forget....and the buyer deserves better representation....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 7 months ago

Good morning Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - that statement "When you find a house call me."  is very telling.  At that point why bother.  Friendships can cloud judgement.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 7 months ago

Great reminder, Margaret, that buyers do have the choice. I can't tell you how often I've gotten calls from buyers who feel stuck and didn't realize they had a choice and didn't need to live with inadequate representation.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 7 months ago

Good morning Margaret. Of all jobs the job of looking out for "you" belongs to you! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 7 months ago

Could not have said this better myself.  I witness first hand on my listings in this seller's market, exactly the lack of representation happening when these agents actually do get together with their clients to make an offer.  They have no clue how to compete in this market and give their buyers terrible advice.  I've heard misconceptions as crazy as, "All offers on a property have to get a chance to counter."  ??????

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 7 months ago

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 7 months ago

Oh my gosh, "call me when you find something." That's incredible. Makes me sad they even have a Real Estate license. D

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 7 months ago

Hello Margaret - choice is a good thing especially when it is exercised.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 7 months ago

"The buyers are told 'when you find something you like, you call me'.  One agent had not gotten back to this buyer for several weeks...not even when, what could have been a perfect house, was listed with this agent's office."   

That line floored me, Margaret.  I remember holding a home open, and a couple came through on their own.  Their agent was out boating.  They fell in love with the house and wanted to write an offer right then and there.  When I tried contacting the agent, she "instructed" me to go ahead an write up the offer, and she would sign it when she made land.  "No can do," said I.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 7 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 7 months ago

I agree with all you say, Margaret... and there is something to be said for being loyal to an agent who deserves it!

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 7 months ago

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