I’m Sorry But I Can’t Help You Now.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Vintage Homes Realty BK3121917

The title is the gist of a recent conversation I had with a young woman looking to buy a home.  I would like to say this was a rare conversation but sadly it is too common.

This young woman had called me about seeing a property she had found in the search on my website.  In the course of the discussion and trying to determine if she was financially qualified to buy, I found out that she was working with another REALTOR  and that she was in the middle of contract negotiations on a property with which I was somewhat familiar.

She felt the agent was not working for her, was not listening, and certainly not working for her best interests.  Now admittedly I only heard her take on the situation but she shared some things that differed from how I do business and how I work with my customers.  I explained to her that it sounded like she had a contract if she was willing to accept the seller's counter to her latest offer.  Unfortunately she was struggling with an inability to trust the REALTOR that she had write her initial offer.

I suggested that if she really liked the home she should accept the offer based on other information I knew about the property.  She had some concerns that the property might not pass an FHA inspection.  I said that it was a possibility but I knew that some issues had been problems had been corrected.  I suggested she choose her own home inspector without the influence of her agent if she was having trust issues.

We talk some more because I was curious how she came to being working with an REALTOR that she was having so much trouble trusting.  She share that she found her agent as a result of a sign call on a different property.  She did no further research.  Even though she had made several visits to my website and was using it to search properties, she had never even looked at the testimonials page on my website.

We concluded with a "I'm sorry but I can't help you at this time."  I told her if the deal did not work out and she was not under a buyer's brokerage agreement with the current agent I would be happy to work with her in the future.

Not all agents are the same. Not all REALTORs are the same regardless of the code of ethics of the professional association.  This young woman was another case of a home buyer or seller who had a bad case of "buyers remorse" with their choice of real estate agent.

If you are reading this and haven't yet chosen an agent. Please check my testimonials page, a number of my customers have stated they would be happy to give a reference if someone should ask.


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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Amazing...whether it is a buyer or seller that the consumer feels stuck/obligated to stay where they are not comfortable....where there is a will there is way.....moooove on when things are not working as the consumer envisioned...though you are right...there are 2 sides to every story...have a prosperous weekend !

Jan 07, 2011 12:22 AM #1
Joy Baker
RE/MAX Insight - Salem, NH
So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist

I feel your pain.  I have fielded numerous calls from buyers who were attempting to buy a short sale and had been embroiled in ridiculous situations because they were working with an agent who was clueless.  I have been amazed at how quickly many buyers blindly enter into a buyer broker contract only to discover later that they have contractually tied themselves to a bonehead.  I personally subscribe to the "let's date before we go steady" method and never ask a buyer to enter in to a contract with me until we've worked together long enough for them to trust me and for me to determine that I actually want to be contractually tied to them.

Jan 07, 2011 12:33 AM #2
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