Is it unethical for a realtor to stop by unannouced on a FSBO?

Real Estate Agent with Just Jersey Real

I had a realtor stop by my in-laws house with a House for Sale by Owner sign and get out of the car, didn't say Hi and said I'm here with clients and they want to see the house? I said that the house wasn't quite ready yet and was cut off with her grinding her teeth at me and said I'm with clients and they want to see the house. She then walked past me and headed toward the door and said By-law you have got to let me know the house. I called her work and reported her and the broker was not helpful.

I'm appalled by your experience.  You never have to let anyone in to your home EVER. Realtor or otherwise! And unless she had a appointment, I would not have let her in.  Thankfully you called her broker. I hope she gets reprimanded but its unlikely.  If she did not have your in-laws sign a broker cooperation agreement (assuming it's not on the MLS) she does not have the right to a commission either.  I'm sorry you experienced this horrible situation and please know that not all Realtor act in this disgraceful fashion.

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Comments (7)

Cindi Susi
Keller Williams at the Beach - Lewes, Delaware - Lewes, DE

There are animals that describe realtors who act like that.  Usually they make this type of sound "Hee Haw, Hee Haw" !

Sep 29, 2010 08:15 AM
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

That is appalling behavoir for anyone Realtor or not!

Sep 29, 2010 08:19 AM
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

By law? What kind of BS is that?  Sounds like a very desperate agent!

Sep 29, 2010 08:27 AM

Not professional comes to mind and I think her current clients will also see that behaviour.

Sep 29, 2010 09:21 AM
Joe Corcoran

WOW!  At first I couldn't believe someone would actually do that, but the more I thought about it I realized that I probably know 2 or 3 people who would be that stupid!

Sep 29, 2010 09:23 AM
Evette Cecena
Technology Monsters - Internet Marketing & IT Support - Mesa, AZ

Camille - whenever you have a problem with an agent the first step to reporting them is the broker... you are correct about that, but since the broker wasn't helpful you would then call the board of Realtors or association for your area and if they are dismissive you contact your state's department of real estate.  Hope this helps for future reference.  It doesn't matter if she was acting unethically or not -  she was a B about it report her.  I'm sick of dealing with rude agents myself.  

FSBO's are overpriced anyways, why would she waster her time... I'm just joking with you. 

Nov 09, 2010 07:02 PM
Evette Cecena
Technology Monsters - Internet Marketing & IT Support - Mesa, AZ

oops I just realized you were reposting someones question to you ;)

Nov 09, 2010 07:03 PM