Tap Dancing And Buses......I Just Can't Say!

Real Estate Agent with Meritus Group Real Estate SD 14808

I am one of the nicest people I know but yet sometimes you would not think so. It all depends on if you are my client or if you are my customer. Don’t get me wrong I am nice to everyone at all times I just cannot always answer those questions that you want me to answer.  It is the difference between being my client or my customer. If you are a customer I am most likely meeting you at an open house and you have questions as well you should. The most common ones are….

1.    Is this home a foreclosure?

2.   Is this home a short sale?

3.    How long has this home been on the market?

4.   Do you think they would take less then the list price?

5.    Why is the seller selling this home?

The thing that you should know about these questions is that I cannot legally answer them if you are the customer. If you come in and you have no contractual agreement with me then I am technically working for the seller. Since we have what is called an agency agreement with the seller we must do everything in our power in the best interest of the seller that is legal. While we legally have to disclose material defects of the property we are not suppose to answer the above questions. If you think about it these questions are all an invitation for a lower then list price offer, which is why we do not answer them. So if you sense that I am tap dancing around your question there is a very good chance that I am just doing my job to protect my client. That is why it is a good idea to get a buyers agent to do this digging for you and look out for your interests. As much as I like you I cannot throw my client under the bus!


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Rosalie A. Evans                                                                      

HJN Team Real Estate

101 W. 69th St.

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Cell 605-366-7242







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Comments (8)

Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Excellent post, my friend.  It is so easy to forget these things in our bid to be friendly to prospective clients.  I am working on a sheet of paper to hand to people who are Customers to explain this very thing.  Then they can pout all they want :))))

Nov 02, 2011 04:34 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Mimi- That is for sure! You try to be as friendly as you can but you have to watch what you say! I have heard tell of clients having friends come through open houses to check up to make sure we are doing it right! Never has happened to me but better to be safe then sorry!

Nov 02, 2011 04:40 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Rosalia - Thank you for sharing detailed quality information on tap dancing and buses I just can't say.

Nov 02, 2011 05:00 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

John- Haha....me neither! Have a good week!

Nov 02, 2011 05:07 PM
Pam Hills
Innovative Artistry - Kendall, FL
ASP/IAHSP- Stager Miami, FL, Creative Minds Innovatively At Work

Dear Rosalie - Love the post & I see you have a new style.  You always look great :)

Nov 02, 2011 05:26 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Pam- Yes I found out I was allergic to synthetic dye so I am shaking it up a little with a natural one. I like it and lucky me I have a family full of red heads already! Glad you liked my post! 

Nov 02, 2011 05:32 PM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

Hi Rosalie! Most people don't understand agency and fiduciary duty. In Texas, the first time we meet a customer or a client, we are required to give them a disclosure explaining how Real Estate Agency works. Have a great day!

Nov 02, 2011 05:32 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Rose- I bet that is fun to explain to someone that might not even be sure if they want to use you yet! We are required here to do it after one showing! NAR should make a booklet to hand out or something!

Nov 02, 2011 06:08 PM