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Buyers, don't discuss your negotiations unless you know it's private
This evening I was picking up dinner for my daughter and me at a local place. Pick up is at the bar at this place and other guests were dining at the bar.  One of the other guests happened to be another agent I know.  This agent was with what appeared to be clients.  And right there among strangers they were discussing marketing strategy.  The buyer clearly stating out loud what their "top dollar" was for this home and the agent never once telling them this was not the time or place to have this discussion. 
Of course I have had lunch and dinner with buyer clients before, even during times we were in negotiation periods, but no public place discussions are held about the contract.  When I left dinner that night I knew what house they were making an offer, what the offer was they had made, what their top dollar they were willing to pay for the house was and even details about their loan. 
I didn't, but I could have told the listing agent.  We live in a small community and it's really not hard to figure out what house they are talking about. In fact, one of the other random strangers at the ... more

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