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.