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Oops! It happened again. Yesterday I was checking my Facebook page and saw a comment that one of my friends made, she wrote "I'm out, house hunting". I immediately called her to see what was going on. For the last year, she has been updating her house getting it ready to list and I was going to represent her, so I thought. Like a good agent, I emailed her the last closed sales in the area, gave her some pointers on what to update to make the house more appealing to buyers, imagine, everything a good agent does for her customers. So, I was surprised when I saw this comment! When I reached her, she said that a handy man came by her place and when she mentioned she was selling, he referred her to an agent that had a buyer. Then she explained that the buyer did not work out and the next day she had 32 Realtors looking at her place! She never came right out and said that she had listed the property, so I told her a few things about real estate and by the tone of my voice I am sure she realized that I was not a happy camper. Of course, I kept my cool and spoke about other things that were happening in my life, like a show that I had just attended. I told her that if I found a property that might be of interest to her that I would let her know, but by the sound of her voice, I know that she is working with the other agent. When I checked our MLS, the property was on pending status.

I know this is common, and I can't understand why? They don't seem to understand the importance of our jobs. They remind me of flies, that they land where ever there is a spot. I was very upset, at first, and it reminded me of the many realtors that have been in this business for many years and all the things they go through. It's a tough business, we do a lot for our customers, but many don't see it that way. Many buyers seem to believe that we are tour guides, until we give them the "Buyers Brokers Agreement", and from this experience, I guess we need to have the listing agreement signed way ahead of time!

Good Luck to All.





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Diane Osowiecki
Diane O and Friends - Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN
Greater Nashville Real Estate

So many people think anyone can do this job.  Yes lots of folks can do it...but how well they do it is the question.

Mar 01, 2010 02:19 AM #1
Duane Murphy
Expert Real Estate Partners LLC - Appleton, WI
Broker- Owner-Real Estate -


We have all been in this boat before. It hurts but time does heal all. Keep your chin up and you never know, it might be a blessing that you don't have her as a client. Sometimes friends are better of staying "friends"

Mar 01, 2010 02:20 AM #2
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

This makes my stomach turn...  I ahve no problem if my friends don't want to do business with me- but with that statement- do't ask for my opinion and then go to someone else- that will put stress on a relationship.

Mar 01, 2010 02:21 AM #3
Lori Liveston
Virtual Homes, Real Estate - Waltham, MA

I feel your pain!  Why do you think this is?  I tend to think that consumers get spooked because they aren't educated about the process and are worried they are going to miss an opportunity by waiting.... even if it just means waiting a day.  I have heard horror stories from other agents who worked with buyers for months and months, then the buyers went to an open house alone and made an offer with the listing agent without representation.  People are so excited/scared to lose something they love, that the sense of urgency seems to leave no room for common sense..... 

Mar 01, 2010 02:37 AM #4
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