Agent's actions: Unforgivable

Real Estate Agent with Hacienda Home Sales
I recently took a listing for the parents of some dear friends of mine. Their house is located about 10 min. up the freeway, still in the general area that I work. Then on the following Friday as I'm picking up my son and some of his freshman friends from high school, I get a call from a gentleman interested in seeing the property. I make arrangements with the kids to hang out together while I go show the house, but when I get there, I recognize the man. He was a real estate agent I had met at a fundraiser - and his office is located half a block away from the property. He probably wanted to dig a hole and burry himself the moment I got out of the car. I was a bit Ticked Off but, in the best interest of my clients, showed him the property. I know this agent has a lockbox key. Do people think there are no consequenses for wrongful action??? I know it's a buyer's market but markets come and markets go...Should I have confronted him?

Comments (18)

Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
In my area the only thing he did wrong was not identify that he is a licensed agent.  I would of asked him about that and then showed him the house. I'm assuming he was interested in buying it...
Jun 01, 2007 07:15 AM
Chuck Christensen
Your Financial Coach - Bellingham, WA
It was wrong of him not to identify himself. But maybe he was checking to see how desperite you were by running over their at a moments notice...Why were you showing him a house without a buyers contract in hand?
Jun 01, 2007 07:26 AM
Patricia Greco
He had no interest in buying this property.
Jun 01, 2007 08:03 AM
Chuck Christensen
Your Financial Coach - Bellingham, WA

What a would he like it if other Realtors treated him that way?

Jun 01, 2007 08:26 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate
Why didn't he just set up a showing time, and look at the property by himself?  Just seems like he was killing time, and wasting yours.
Jun 01, 2007 09:24 AM
Donna Lueder
Integrity Group Inc. - Boise, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate
I always call them on things like this... He should have disclosed the fact that he was an agent. your sellers are lucky to have a dedicated professional like yourself looking out for their best interest.
Jun 01, 2007 09:47 AM
Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL

You should have confronted him for not disclosing to you and especially for not using his lockbox access.  That's an azzhole move on his part.  Out of curiousity, did you ask him if he was an agent?  I ask callers if they have an agent or are one.

- Tchaka 

Jun 01, 2007 07:48 PM
Edith Wharton
Cottage and Loft Realty - Midlothian, VA
Realtor - Chesterfield VA
I don't see what he did wrong besides not disclosing the fact that he was a R.E. agent. Am I missing something here?
Jun 02, 2007 11:03 AM
Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL much else did he have to do?

It's apparent that he didn't disclose it on purpose.  If I have a supra I'm not going to hang out waiting for a listing agent to come around.  

- Tchaka 

Jun 02, 2007 11:28 AM
Edith Wharton
Cottage and Loft Realty - Midlothian, VA
Realtor - Chesterfield VA
I didn't mean to type it to sound like "all he did was not disclose".  I wanted to know if there was something else besides that.
Jun 02, 2007 11:38 AM
David Lawson - NMLS #252510
Gateway Funding - Yucaipa, CA

He definitely should have discloed to you that he was an agent. I would have asked him why he didn't and put him on the defensive. He needs to squirm a little.


Jun 02, 2007 01:39 PM
Patricia Greco
Hacienda Home Sales - Anaheim, CA
I probably should have made him squirm--that's why it's bothering me so much. He probably felt I invaded his "teritory" by listing a house half a block away from his office!
Jun 04, 2007 06:29 AM
Chuck Christensen
Your Financial Coach - Bellingham, WA

The clients could have listed with him and I am almost sure they new about him and his office....that is probable why they went with you...#1-proves he is an a--hole. He didn't disclose that, a--hole #2, and why didn't he just go see it for himself...maybe he called the client and the client told him to see you if he wanted a showing of it...#3. # strikes and your out.

Personally...I would have taken him out back....

Jun 05, 2007 05:08 AM
Dominick Gaccino
Dominick gaccino - Peekskill, NY

he should have let you know


in my experience anyone who doesnt tell you truth is hiding something for a reason

Jun 28, 2007 12:45 PM
Nancy Siau
The Lachicotte Company An Exclusive Affiliate of Christie's - Pawleys Island, SC
Selling Coastal SC
I know this happened in early June but you could have called him later on the pretense of getting "feedback for your client" and see if you could have figured out the reason he did this.  I am really curious about his intentions.  Let us know if you find out.
Jun 28, 2007 01:37 PM
Chuck Christensen
Your Financial Coach - Bellingham, WA
I agree with Dominick and Nancy...I would call him and ask him...and yes...It's killing me to know the answer.
Jun 28, 2007 04:40 PM
Patricia Greco
I never called him back. He apparently had a lot of time on his hands and I don't. In any case, I'll be closing this escrow in 5 days. In my heart, I believe he felt I was muscling in on "his area", as childish as that may seem. This was his way of getting back at me. The problem was that we had made friends at a function a few months prior to this event and he didn't realize it was me, his good buddy from the fund-raiser, who he had pulled the fast one on...I'm sure he regrets having done it. Maybe it will make him think twice before doing something similar in the future.
Jul 01, 2007 07:38 AM
Tina Maraj
RE/MAX One - Fullerton, CA
Celebrating 30 Years of Real Estate Sales

Oh P!

That really stinks! There are so many flakes out there.... That's why I always ask if you are an agent.

Jul 20, 2007 06:55 AM