For the past several weeks I've been working with two different sets of buyers who have been looking, essentially, for the same thing. In the back of my mind has been the dreaded thought "what if they both fall in love with the same property?" But, I thought that was a pretty remote chance.
So, while I have not shown them exactly the same properties, there are some subtle differences in what they're looking for, there have been a couple of properties that I have shown everyone.
Wouldn't you know it? Yesterday I got a call from family 1 saying 'we're ready to write that offer on ...." So, last night we wrote up the offer and I faxed it off to the listing agent.
Then this morning, I received a call from family 2 saying the same thing...Oh no. I explained to them that I had actually written an offer on that same property and that offer was submitted and I was waiting to hear back from the listing agent. They were upset, apparently thinking they were the only clients I have, and tried to get the details of the offer so they could offer something better. Of couse, I explained how I could not tell them anything about the other offer, or who the other buyers were or any of that.
Eventually they calmed down enough to understand my position, and realize that this is what I do for a living...I have to have other clients besides them. I did offer to refer them to another agent if they were that unhappy, but they declined. I also offered to go ahead and write up the offer they wanted to make on the property. They've declined that as well, at least for the moment. Now, they're waiting to see what happens...if the property does not have an accepted offer in the next two weeks they will write up one of their own.
In the meantime, I'm scourring the mls trying to find a "duplicate" property...