Buyer power or fraud?

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Real Estate Agent with EWM Realtors

A couple of months ago, while I was on "floor", a call came in from a gentleman interested in one of the office's listings.  He seemed very interested in the house, so after giving him further details about the listing, and learning he was not currently working with a Realtor, I offered to schedule an appointment for a showing.

To my surprise, he wasn't interested in seeing the house.  The way he wanted to go about it?  He wanted to make a verbal offer on the house and only after the sellers agreed to sell for that much, would he go see the house with his wife.  His story? Well, he was tired of his wife falling in love with houses, and then not being able to get them for what he wanted to pay. 

I tried to explain that if he really wanted a house, this was not the way to go about it.  My recommendation was that he see the house first and then proceeded to make a written offer.  I tried to explain the process, and in desperation even hinted that I did not think the listing agent or the sellers were going to go for it.  The gentleman kept insisting and was at times forceful.  I politely explained that this was not the way we did business and asked him to call back when he was ready to see the house.  To no one's surprise, he never called back.  I told my manager and the listing agent about it and they thought it could have been fraud.  What do you think?

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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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