I Showed the House, He Writes the Offer!

Real Estate Agent with Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors

I know I don't have a leg to stand on, but sounding off about it helps!  Here's how it went down.  I received a call on one of my listings. The buyer said he was not working with an agent.  I set up a showing and told him I could show anything else he wanted to see also.   We met at the house and I felt the showing went well.  He said he had not been looking long only the last coupledays. He told me he was pre-approved and ready to buy. We talked about how I represented the sellers but could represent him also, dual agency, should he want to write an offer.  He said he understood and did not have a problem with that.  He said he would be in touch soon.

The next day I get a call from another agent.  He has an offer on my listing.  I said I didn't know he had showed it and he said he didn't. I asked if the buyer was Mr. so and so and he said yes.  I asked him if he had ever been inside the house and he said no. Oh well, an offer is an offer and my primary duty was to my sellers.  I was mad but more disappointed in the other agent.  Was he really looking out for his client's best interest? 

He emailed the offer to me and I couldn't open the file. At home or my office.  Never had that problem before!  So he faxed it.  What a sloppy job of writing an offer!  Nothing written in for fixtures, did they not want anything?  No seller's disclosure, no lead base paint disclosure, no contingency to see one.

We are in the countering stage.  My seller is not happy that the other agent will get part of the commission and he hasn't even seen the property!

Sloppy Real Estate!  Sloppy Agents!  If this goes together, you can bet I'll be keeping it together and doing most of the work.  Oh well, that's why we get the big bucks, right?

Just another day in Paradise in Iowa City, Iowa.

Dee Miller

Comments (9)

Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Sometimes writing it down can help you feel better.  I feel your frustration!

Apr 13, 2010 10:42 AM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


It doesn't make it any better...but...we've all been there. As long as there is real estate, this will happen.


Apr 13, 2010 10:47 AM
kathy judy

take a deep breath and repeat what I tell myself and my sellers when this happens- "I sell two or three houses a year by showing them solely as listing agent".  and it's true  looking at it htat way takes the sting out

Apr 13, 2010 11:04 AM
Tamara Camden Vacation Rental Agent
All Rentals 2 Remember, inc. - Key West, FL

Hi Dee, at least you were able to vent here.  You have our sympathetic ears, and thanks for sharing!

Apr 13, 2010 11:04 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Remember the old saying buyers are liars and sellers are yellers.  I think this situation has happend to all of us.

Apr 13, 2010 11:10 AM
Pat Kady
Keller Williams Check Realty - Prescott, AZ

Hi Dee, This one is frustrating. I just had it happen about 6 months ago. You are right to keep it all together for your seller and sound off here.

Apr 13, 2010 05:23 PM
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

It's really too bad that the other agent is doing such a poor job-BUT- it sounds to me as if the buyer thought it over and didn't want a dual agent (or was talked out of it by someone) and we have to honor that choice. We do dual agency, and I've never had anyone have a problem with it, but we make sure they understand that they can go get their own agent if they prefer.

Apr 14, 2010 06:27 AM
dee miller
Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors - Iowa City, IA

Thanks everyone!  amazing how the next day it was much better.  Offer was accepted and on with another one!

Apr 16, 2010 09:39 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I have had Buyers call me to show them properties only to find out once we submit an offer, that they had viewed it earlier with the listing agent.  The reverse has happened too.  It does make for an awkward transaction but we must keep our Professional Realtor hat on at all times :0)  I hope this works out for you and your Seller!

Apr 18, 2010 08:04 AM