Sometimes an offer to purchase a home is sent wrapped in red flags..at full mast and flapping. I received just such an offer a couple days ago.
The offer was written on one of my listings. The offer contained a number of ridiculous requests and was improperly written in many ways.
When I contacted the buyer's agent to get an explanation, she explained that her buyer insisted it be written this way. Red flag in my face #1.
We countered the offer price and terms and corrected many of the flagrant mistakes.
We received another counter offer restoring many of the errors. Red flag in my face #2.
The sellers at this point started to wonder if they even wanted to do business with a buyer like this. I agreed, however, we decided to give it one more try. We accepted the counter offer price and terms and made one final attempt to correct the errors.
I then received an email from the buyer's agent forwarding a strongly worded email from the buyer. Something to the tune of "Who do you think you are, Mr. Seller? You should be worshiping me because I am a buyer. It's my way, or no way." Red flags in my face are now suffocating me.
My sellers wisely opted for the "no way".
This buyer obviously felt buying a home is like taking over a country. The seller was the enemy and it was going to be a battle to the death. I'm surprised he could even get through the door with that big chip on his shoulder.
Mr. Buyer, if only you had realized (before your head exploded) that you and the seller have a lot in common. They want to sell their home and you want to buy it. It's really not a war. The agents' jobs are to mediate and advise, helping to ensure all the rules are followed in the process.
I can't help but wonder why the tail was wagging the dog in this instance. Shouldn't an agent represent their client by carrying out their wishes, but as a professional, have an obligation to perform ethically and within the real estate rules and regulations. If a buyers asks us to do something that is outside of those rules...our answer must be "no".
Fortunately, my sellers made the right decision and averted a hostile take-over of their home.