What's YOUR Red Flags of Potential Deal Killers?

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Red FlagI read a fellow AR member's post regarding an issue that came up and killed a deal while under contract.

After 13 years in the biz, I've got a radar sense when a transaction is in trouble. Identifying these problems can help avoid delays and wasting everyone's time. Believe me, it's rare when I DON'T have some sort of problem associated with it.

So for the agent who has not closed a lot of transactions, I'm going to share with you my Top 5 Red Flags of Potential Problems. I welcome you to add your red flags as well!

1-Loan officer doesn't call you back! Big Red Flag-Lenders only want to talk to you when they have good news!

2-Can't get a pre-qual letter-Come on! Requirements for a pre-qual letter are pretty simple like being able to fog a mirror. Just kill the deal now and don't waste anymore of the team's time!

3-UHO's on a title report (unidentified home owners). I'm always leery of this when a seller is unaware of someone on a title report. Fixing this problem takes a lot of time and effort and can cause delays in closing!  

4-House has sold for way more than comps support. Big red flag in today's Real Estate World. Why waste everyone time when there is a greater than 50% chance the appraisal won't fly if the buyer is obtaining a loan? Check your comps before writing and accepting an offer. Or make sure your buyer can come up with the extra cash to close.

5-Prisoner-taking team member. These types of individuals are not team players, do not communicate well with the team to keep everyone informed. Worse, they are angry, suspicious and become more uncooperative as the transaction continues. I have seen this negative attitude turn an OK transaction into bad Karma where everything seems to go wrong!

OK fellow AR members, what's your red flags?

Comments (4)

Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

This is a good and informative article. I agree that these are all excellent things to watch out for that should send up red flags!

May 12, 2010 05:21 AM
Diana Turnbloom
Escrowcoord.com - Martinez, CA
The Leading Expert in TC Services & Education

Thanks! It's amazing the things I can foresee, sometimes with no real evidence of a problem, just a feeling...

May 12, 2010 05:23 AM
Leander McClain
North East, MD
Cecil & Harford County Realtor

Indecision among the buyers.  If one loves the place and the other is not sure.....watch out :).  Especially if the indecisive person is the stronger of the two.  The deal is headed for doom.

Have another great day

May 12, 2010 05:23 AM
Diana Turnbloom
Escrowcoord.com - Martinez, CA
The Leading Expert in TC Services & Education

Amen to that Leander! A big red flag. Or how about the wife only wants to see homes first? Sounds like a free shopping trip to me! Thanks for your comment!

May 12, 2010 05:25 AM