You Told Me That Writing A Full Price Offer Was A Waste Of Time!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Safe Haven Realty CalBRE# 01433049

Oh boy. I got a very nasty e-mail from another agent the other day. It started with "You told me that writing a full price offer was a waste of time!". Then he followed up with "I can't believe you sold that house for that low of a price. My client would have paid more than that!".

Well howdy doody to you too. Yes, Mr. Agent, when you called and asked how many offers I had, I told you I had 4 offers in hand. Then you asked if writing a full price offer would be a waste of your time. I said "YES".

Apparently, Mr. Agent, you feel that properly representing your client is a "waste of time" unless you can be told that your offer, which you evidently don't have time to write, is a clear winner.

Those 4 offers I had were all above asking price. That is what the agent was fishing for and he got his answer. So why he turned around and admonished me for giving him the answer he was fishing for, and then not acting on that tidbit of information, is beyond me. Why didn't he write an offer for what he tells me his client would have paid?

My opinion is, Mr. Agent, if your client lost out on buying my listing because you were unwilling to write an offer for the price they "would have paid", then maybe your client needs to consider working with a different agent.


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Cynthia Larsen (707-332-2560) is an independent broker and owner of Safe Haven Realty in Sonoma County, California. Visit to view available homes for sale and to learn more about this beautiful wine country destination.




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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well did you sell it above asking or bellow asking price is my question? Needless to say many agents and buyers do not want to get into a Multiple Offer situation, but what do I know, Endre

p.s.: I still would have written the offer

Nov 09, 2017 11:37 PM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Cynthia Larsen ..congratulations on a deal your seller is happy with.... and the other agent should be find another profession...

Nov 10, 2017 02:39 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Cynthia. I never discouraged anyone from writing any offer but like you, when asked I answered if I could.

Nov 10, 2017 06:42 AM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Cynthia the agent would have been wise to write up his clients offer no matter what - his issue that he didn't, not yours by a long shot. 

Nov 10, 2017 09:30 AM #4
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

Sounds clear to me. Obviously that agent did not do his job. Who writes at full price when there are multiple offers in hand. Certainly not in my market. Obviously this agent is not representing his clients properly.

Nov 10, 2017 12:37 PM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

How an agent is wasting his time doing his job is beyond me. Agents who ask if they are wasting their time are agents who have NOTHING BUT TIME to waste. They are not making so much money hand-over-fist that their time is valuable; in fact, they are barely scraping to get by. They should be writing every damn offer they can possible write. How arrogant and stupid.

And really, how does your opinion of his lack of ability to manage or appreciate his own time have anything to do with writing an offer? I swear, idiots.

Nov 13, 2017 10:59 AM #6
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

The agent had all the information they needed to at least have a chance.  Write the offer, see how the cookie crumbles.  Not writing guarantees you won't win.

Nov 21, 2017 08:37 AM #7
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