Too Late To Ask For Advice

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291



A comment by Nina Hollander on yesterday's post Strengths and Weakness made me think of this situation quite a few years ago.

A neighbor called and asked my advice about selling her house.  She did not want to sell but a relative thought it was a good get rid of the large house and rent an apartment.

I found out she owed nothing on the house, loved the house and was living there for the cost of the taxes, maintenance and utilities...much less than renting.

She was relieved that I did not ask her for the listing.. I left without a listing and felt good.  My neighbor  called later to thank me for my time and compassion. She was so happy not to sell her home. 

Two weeks later there was a For Sale on her house.  It seems her relative, also a REALTOR®,  had convinced her to sign a listing and her home was under contract. She called to tell me how sorry she was for not taking my advice. Again she asked for advice, this time to get out of the contract.



A different kind of TOO LATE and my advice was no longer available. 


margaret Rome 410-530-2400


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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Yes it happened to me two times and someone had pending sign across the kitchen from my house and got another from the other side.

May 17, 2017 08:10 PM #1
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

So sad for the seller.  Sounds like she was persuaded by not such a true friend. Sounds like this friend was after a commission only.

May 17, 2017 08:38 PM #2
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - I just don't understand why people fall for promises like this from a friend who has only one interest - make money!

Yes, she is too late now and not sure even if an attorney can help her.

May 17, 2017 10:33 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Margaret I have given similar advice over the years and other agents do not ge it... it is always about giving the right advice...Endre

May 17, 2017 11:15 PM #4
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Margaret... now that's a new one on me! And what a shame that it was a relative who did not put the interests of her relative and potential client ahead of her own.

May 18, 2017 03:26 AM #5
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

So sad, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland that this homeowner did not realize who was best looking out for her welfare. Time for a good attorney.

May 18, 2017 05:16 AM #6
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 Way to late for that. She moved and is living in an apartment.

May 18, 2017 12:49 PM #7
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