I think we can ALL agree that REALTORS work in a fast paced business. "Time is of the Essence" is key in Real Estate, another thing we can agree on. But even though these two statements are extremely important, should we all practice REALTOR TO REALTOR COMMON COURTESY? Or is it DEAD?
The reason for my post is because of a recent situation. I was representing a buyer trying to purchase a property, along with many other Realtors and their buyers; a Multiple Offer ordeal. This property is a Bank Owned and I understand how busy a REPO listing agent can get dealing with MANY offers and the bank he/she is representing. However, is it okay to get so busy that you don't call a colleague (or at least have your assistant if you have one) to alert the other Realtor that a fax has been sent and to confirm the receiving Realtor got it?
Is it me or have people forgotten plain and simple "Common Courtesy?" I know when I am in negotiations with another Realtor, I ALWAYS call to make sure they've received: A. The offer. B. The Counter C. The Acceptance. D. ANY fax I've sent. I feel taking an extra 60 seconds out of my working day is VITAL in Real Estate.
Maybe I am just plain "old school" when it comes to manners, common courtesy and etiquette. If that IS the case, well, then, I apologize ahead of time, because if I am in negotiations with YOU, you're going to hear from me...the "old fashioned" way, via phone. Even though I have all the other "bells and whistles" and "tools of the trade" in this industry, I believe there is just no replacement for person to person contact.