I represent the Home Seller OR the Home Buyer and quite frequently I have to step into the other agent's shoes so that I get a better (realistic) view of what circumstances surround the sale or purchase of a property. That doesn't mean I put another agent on the spot.
There are always going to be circumstances surrounding the seller selling and strict criteria for the buyer who's purchasing. What I don't get is why another agent would ask personal questions to pass on to their client:
- Why is the seller selling? We all know it is confidential info although in some cases it's matter of fact like a short sale situation. In those cases we are required to put that info in the MLS to begin with. If it's a relocation sale then that is put in the MLS as they need to submit the relocation company's addenda with their purchase contract. In any case, why should it matter why they're selling? Does your buyer want to buy the property or not?
- How much does the seller owe on the property? It may be a valid question if there is no room for negotiation and in most cases you can certainly get the info right off our MLS Tax Records. Since we've had a declining market (some neighborhoods more than others) there are many seller's who are losing what they put in to the property. Researching a bit will give you the answers....rather than putting an agent on the spot when it's public information to begin with....and bottom line is that if your buyer REALLY wants the property they will put in their best offer. Right?
- What are the neighbors (neighborhood) like? Let's not get into what kind of information (or opinions) we should be divulging. If we follow fair housing laws we know we can't step over our boundaries and if they want to know...then they can introduce themselves. Find out more here>>>> State and Local Fair Housing Enforcement Laws and don't try and put me in that position when neighbors are ...neighbors. A neighborhood is ....a neighborhood.
Remember, REALTORS® protect and promote their clients' interests while treating all parties honestly. Ask me about the property, the upgrades, the view and whatever else might be pertinent to the property.
Don't expect anything different from .....this agent...
And stop monkeying around.