Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Real Estate Agent with BlueCoast Realty Corporation

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Mr. Buyer, did you really just call the Listing Agent about the home I showed you?  Did you really utter the words, "If we cut her out I should be able to get the home for less"? 

Image of Anime character OUCH!  That smarts.  What are you thinking here?  Have you forgotten the Buyer Agency Agreement we signed?  You know, that document you put your John Hancock on stating that I was working for you and would be your Agent in the purchase of your investment property?  Yeah, that one. 

If you want out of that Agreement, I'll let you out.  But to go behind my back and attempt to cut a deal with the Listing Agent is not only wrong, it's bad business for YOU!  Do you really think the Listing Agent is going to get you a better deal?  Have you forgotten who they work for?  Not you, buddy.  They're working for the Seller and their Fiduciary Responsibility is to them, not you.   

Not to mention how much time, money and expertise I've put into helping you maximize your buying power.   When you've signed a Buyer Agency Agreement and already viewed the property, going directly to the Listing Agent is not in your best interest.  But if you really want to spend more money than you have to, far be it from me to stand in your way. 

Of course, since the Listing Agent operates under the same Code of Ethics I do, that's off the table with this home.  Yep, he called and filled me in.  And to say he was taken aback by your call is putting it mildly.  See, for the most part we REALTORS® stick together.  We treat others fairly, respectfully and ethically.  And we expect the same from the Buyers and Sellers we work with.  It doesn't always work that way, every once in a while we get a Buyer like you, who feels they know better than we do how to get the best deal.  A Seller who chooses to ignore our best advice and go it alone.  Most of them don't really get the deal they were hoping for; they leave money on the table or spend more than they had to.  But that's their choice, and we grin and bear it.

So where do we stand?  If you still wish to purchase the home, we'll write up the offer and I'll represent you in getting the best deal for you.  If you prefer not to make an offer on that home, we'll go ahead and void our Buyer Agency Agreement, I'll wish you luck in your home search and we'll both move on.  Sound fair to you?

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Comments (75)

Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the title for this post.  I wish I could use that sometime. 

You are such a smart cookie.  Let him roll.

Jun 09, 2011 08:35 AM
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Wow, that takes some real cahones!  I can't believe that some buyers ignore the legal agreement that they signed.  Ggrrr!  Congrats on the feature!

Wake Forest NC House Chick

Jun 09, 2011 09:34 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I have had this happen. When will they ever learn? It actually costs them money to do this.

Jun 09, 2011 11:25 AM
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Well said.  Sometimes folks make very bad choices & decisions.  Trying to go around your back AFTER using your services and signing a Buyer's Agency Agreement, is a horrible choice.  

I love that the other agent called you and happy we still have folks with ethics.  I also love how you handled this.  

All the best, Michelle

Jun 09, 2011 11:54 AM
Virginia Gingras
West USA Revelation - Gilbert, AZ

Do you really want to let a buyer out of the agreement after they go behind your back.....?  On the other hand, would I really want to work with that kind of person....no!

Jun 09, 2011 01:05 PM
GinaMarie Latham-Howard
Carrington Real Estate - Corona, CA
Your IE Specialist

Wowsers!! what a bad egg!....but, I say kudos to you and the listing agent on how you both handled the situation....Also like your use of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot...cute!

Jun 09, 2011 01:32 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Tish - It's unfortunate that the buyer thought this would be in their best interest.  Hopefully, you'll be able to educate them and bring them around.

Jun 09, 2011 01:47 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Tish- a double big OUCH.  And it's nice to hear when the "system" works... the LA doing the right and ethical thing in calling you.  You've worked hard and deserve your fair share.

Jun 09, 2011 02:13 PM
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Wow.  I'm not sure what else to say. Good for the listing agent for calling you.

Jun 09, 2011 02:17 PM
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

That's a horrible thing to have happen to you Tish - but it's nice to hear stories of agents looking out for each other.  I hope that buyer learned his lesson - but then again, that's probably wishful thinking.

Jun 09, 2011 02:59 PM
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate


All I can say is, wow. SMH on that one. But definite kudos to that listing agent for exposing that buyer's attempt to screw you.

Jun 09, 2011 02:59 PM
Melissa McKinney
Everything Pines Partners Fayetteville - Fayetteville, NC
Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com
Wow! People really can be just plain bad! Hats off to the other agent who took the time to call you!
Jun 09, 2011 03:07 PM
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Tish ~ Well, we just had a client decide to write a contract with another agent who we thought was still looking with us ~ and she was referred to us by a friend of ours ~ It takes all kinds!!

Jun 09, 2011 04:01 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Wow, what nerve that buyer had. Thank goodness the listing agent was above board, said no and called you. I must admit that I've see a few real estate agents in my time who would not have made the right choice.


Jun 09, 2011 04:13 PM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Tish, delighted that the listing agent did the right thing by you.  These buyers just don't get it - thinking that they'll save money by going directly to the listing agent.  They not only don't save anything, but it costs them in the long run.  We don't just "show" houses, we negotiate and walk them thru everything from offer to close.

Jun 09, 2011 07:20 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

What a no good Sierra Oscar Bravo. Glad the listing agent was honest. He'll probably never make a decent offer on the house anyway if that's how he operates.

Jun 10, 2011 07:24 AM
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Tish, This is no place for sissys. We earn our fees and this blog points that out.

Jun 11, 2011 01:13 AM
Deborah "Dee Dee" Garvin
C2 Financial - San Diego, CA
C2 Financial

Tish, There are so many posts on this issue and so many advice questions on the same subject on Zillow and Trulia that I really think it is more of an education issue than that all buyers are bad guys.  Not defedinging the inexcuseable; but many, many people just do not understand ageny.  I think I would do a very detailed information with every buyer....I mean, I keep seeing comments from buyers who honestly think going straight to the listhing agent will get them a better deal.  Where are they (consumers) getting this notion?  IMHO it is not coming out of mid air!

Jun 13, 2011 02:31 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

I am very sure that if someone tries to go dancing and attempts the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot... somebody's toes are really going to get stomped on.

Tish, this double-crossing buyer needs to get THEIR toes smushed... hard !

Jun 13, 2011 02:33 PM

Anonymous here, I was looking for an answer to the following: I am paranoid, but with no basis, that an agent can list a house and have a buyer that they are previously tight with, then if things are going slow on receiving offers, betray that position of the seller. For instance, listing at 50,000 then after a month or so coming in with that acquainted buyer that is already working with the listing agent and tendering a $45,000 offer; even worse, perhaps say a $1000 kickback for the hypothetical savings of $5000. I realize it is a free world comprised of free will to enter into listing agreement and to except or reject offers, but it just crossed my mind and I wanted to know what anyone might think of you. Contemplation makes me realize that I listing agent knowledge and information are indeed a powerful thing. Again, nothing like this is going on, it was just a thought I had in my devious little mind. Thanks for any answers.

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