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Yesterday I got the call that every Realtor, I am not sure if dreads is the right word got.

Caller    " I got your name from ^%^** Can you help me?"

Me   (Thinking oh goody a referral.) Saying,  "Certainly How may I help you?"

Caller " I bought a home and am getting close to a closing. I just found out that the builder has reduced all homes in the neighborhood by about 50,000. What can I do. I do not want to pay 50,000 more for a home than my neighbors!"

Me " What does your Realtor advise?"

Caller "I worked with the builder directly."

Me " So this means you have signed a builder contract and not a Georgia Association of Realtors contract?"

Caller "Yes"

Me "Well surely if you bring this matter to the attention of your lender your home may not appraise and you will have an out"

Caller "I used the builders lender because I saved 5,000 and the home appraisal went fine."

Me "OK this is new construction is there a walk through and inspection you can talk to the builder about?"

Caller " Oh yes yesterday we had our walk through and I signed some papers about it"

I am not going to get into this call any further. But it was a real call. So take this blog and send it to all those looking to buy.

USE A REALTOR FOLKS !!!!!!!!!!!  Would you tie a string around a sore tooth , tie the other end to an anvil, go up to your roof and throw the anvil off to fix your tooth. Or would you go to a dentist? If you answered go to a dentist then when buying property USE A REALTOR!!!!!!!. If you chose the anvil then like the guy above I wish you good luck because I can't help you.

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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Charlie, some just don't understand the value a good REALTOR brings to the client. When we come in contact with them then it is our opportunity to educate them.
Nov 15, 2007 10:58 PM #1
Scott Daniels Florida Real Estate 2.0. Agents Earn 100% Commission.
Florida List For Less Realty, Inc. Broker/Owner. - Cooper City, FL


My favorite line to these callers " You got yourself into this mess now hire an attorney,i`m sorry I can`t tell you what to do"...

Nov 15, 2007 11:04 PM #2
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Charlie:  Preach it, brother!  How many people just like your caller are penny wise and pound foolish?  (Does the younger generation have any idea what that quote means?)

Mike in Tucson

Nov 15, 2007 11:04 PM #3
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
Charlie--It all seems like such a good thing to work without a Realtor until problems arise. I'm with Scott. All you can do is suggest an attorney or arbitration.
Nov 15, 2007 11:21 PM #4
Sean Allen
International Financing Solutions - Fort Myers, FL
International Financing Solutions

Great post Charlie and I agree 100%. It amazes me some peoples mentality and NOT using a Realtor to buy their home.

Sean Allen

Nov 15, 2007 11:33 PM #5
Shonda Blakely
Solid Source Realty - Snellville, GA

I agree with you Charlie, there are plenty of us REALTORS out here to help and assist at no cost to the buyer.  Call me!!! 


Thanks for the post.

Nov 15, 2007 11:40 PM #6
Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY

Hi Charlie,

Great Post!!! Thank you for sharing this with us.

Nov 15, 2007 11:44 PM #7
Chris Pollinger
Berman & Pollinger, LLC. - San Diego, CA
Consulting for Luxury Teams and Brokerages

an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  At this point an attorney is the only answer, in the future, and as a general rule, always have your own professional representation.

Nov 16, 2007 12:02 AM #8
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Sometimes I receive calls like that. I realize it's human nature to gloat and push the caller off by saying only a lawyer can help them now; however, I'd like to think that many of us are more sensitive than that. Don't get me wrong, I do advise that the buyer call a lawyer because I cannot give legal advice; but on the other hand, I listen to them. Sometimes that's all they want is to talk about their financial troubles with a person who will listen. I offer suggestions that will help them down the road, and I help them explore a few options. I offer to send them sample contracts and other data that may help. It's just good business practice in my book.

Those who respond, "Why you stupid fool," are unlikely to get the listing when this home goes on the market, and their name won't pop up on that buyer's lips when asked about a competent agent.

Nov 16, 2007 02:13 AM #9
33,102 Georgia Real Estate Directory - Canton, GA
I think this person asked a question on AR's Q&A in Georgia...Great post, thanks for sharing a good story....
Nov 16, 2007 06:08 AM #10
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Charlie, I'm with you all the way on this point. It's a sinking feeling on the other end of the phone when the consumer realizes they're boxed in. We didn't construct the box. Great post.
Nov 17, 2007 02:28 PM #11
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around
Like Elizabeth, I too, would listen to them first.  At this point they realize they should have gone with a Real Estate Agent and have made a big mistake.  The least you can do is listen to them and inform them to call an attorney.  Because you were there for them in their time of need, they will remember you when it comes time for them to sell, and maybe buy, again.  You also need to look to the future.
Dec 03, 2007 12:29 AM #12
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