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Real Estate Agent with Frank Rubi Real Estate
I received a phone call yesterday on a listing I hold.  I promptly and clearly asked the man if he had an agent.  His response was no he didn't.  So I made arrangements to show the property today to him.  I had the dual agency papers for him to sign.  All of a sudden he has an agent.  That's ok, I just wish he was honest up front.  I was all dressed up with no where to go.  Oh well I hope they make a nice offer.  I am sure many of you have had this happen to you. 
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James Gordon
Sibcy Cline Realtors® - Cincinnati, OH
Did you ask him why his agent could not show him the homw?
Aug 20, 2007 10:27 AM #1
Christina Williams. REALTOR® TN property search & local insights
First Realty Company - Crossville, TN

50/50  customers are going to be honest with you... the good thing is that you asked. even though he lied.

buyers are liars and sellers are too

Aug 20, 2007 10:28 AM #2
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
Did you ask for an approval letter?  Usually, when you go further and ask more questions and request real information, they tend to hesitate and you can tell if they have an agent or if they're just tire kickers.  When I get sign calls, no showing of the house without an approval letter if they say they're not working with an agent.  I've had a couple of people ask what happens if they like the house and they decide to use another agent.  I explain that my listing agreement and MLS listing states "If I show your buyer, before or after you show the same buyer and submit an offer, your BAC will reduce to 1%."  I explain to the buyer why this happens... you'll get a very honest answer after that.  Oh, my agent is out of town... oh, my agent is with other buyers right now... many other things, but you won't waste your time.
Aug 20, 2007 10:29 AM #3
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana
I guess his agent was busy yesterday.  Maybe he forgot he had one who knows.
Aug 20, 2007 10:29 AM #4
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana
I actually did ask him for an approval letter and he told me he had one from a while ago.  I like your ideas Donna, I may start trying them.  Thanks
Aug 20, 2007 10:32 AM #5
Charles McDonald®
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
Happens to us all. I just had someone do almost the same to me this weekend. "We want to move forward on the property" so when we met with papers in hand, they had 2 other properties (meetings with the listing agents) to see...
Aug 20, 2007 11:11 AM #6
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
Buyers are liars...not all but many.  Ask for more info like mentioned in other comments...e-mail or fax him an agency disclosre and have him e-mail or fax you the lender letter...any balking from him don't show.
Aug 20, 2007 11:16 AM #7
Karen Ann Martin
Safe Harbor Realty - Westport, MA
Realtor Fall River Westport MA Real Estate Agent


As a listing agent, this happens to me all the time, it is not in my sellers best interest to haggle over commisions I just want to get the home sold  When you take a listing in Ma it states commision, co broke for buyer agent & facilitator. My office is a 50/50 agency if your agency is not then you get what you give  Every buyer is entitled to representation. One of my buyers viewed a home w/out me this week-end. I was available they felt bad because they have viewed so many homes with me they were giving me a break & called the listing agent.  They want to make an offer thank goodness the other agent didn't balk he said it happens to all of us the buyers just don't know how we work even when we educate them. 

Aug 20, 2007 11:55 AM #9
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
John, this is a very interesting topic as judging by the comments. You asked the right questions and was prepared but some people just like to waste their time and play games. At the end of the day they are just renters and will be that way for a time.
Aug 20, 2007 12:25 PM #10
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team
John you can only do what you do and it sounds like you did what you could.  Asking them should have been enough but people tend to "forget" that telling you the full story is the best and who knows maybe they don't know what the differences are in letting you know yes they do have an agent vs no I do not.  You'd be surprise what people don't know.  It was practice run.....
Aug 23, 2007 12:58 PM #11
Colorado Springs Real Estate
Colorado Springs, CO
I had an buyer call me yesterday looking for an agent to show her homes. She had an agent that did not want to show her homes because she was in a lease till next June. I hate that when it happens!
Sep 12, 2007 10:44 AM #12
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
Actually not that often - most of the people we deal with come to us from the interent and we work with them for several months before they come into town- every now and then you get somebody working with several people, but most realize how much time we spend and that it is how we make our living - most people are up front -
Sep 12, 2007 11:39 AM #13
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