Here in Texas in our residential purchase contract the state has set up this fun "Option" period usually for ten days and about $100 at risk that puts you first in line to buy a house and lock it up BUT although normally for an inspections period, you can walk away in that period for NO reason at all. Options are FUN!! But what about
Do You Work With Optional Clients?
In romance, a great phrase is, "Don't make someone a priority, when THEY make YOU an option." Namely build mutually fulfilling relationships. COMMITMENT on both sides. Win Win or NO deal. Buyers rep agreement, listing agreement, or a SOLID understanding that you are NOT their part time REALTOR with another REALTOR.
Commitment is not such a bad thing like in marriage or goals or real estate partnerships with agent and client and only may be a problem when you are pointed at the state mental asylum. Don't take OPTIONAL clients, an instance when OPTIONS are NOT FUN.
Your precious energy, time, talent, and money need to be spent with those who say YOU ARE THEIR EVERYTHING!!!