I just received a phone call from a buyer out of state that was calling about one of our listings. Due to the price of the home, she wanted to know if it was being sold as a short-sale, and yes it is.
She explained to me that she has been working with an agent here in the area for quite some time, but he doesn't seem to want to show her any listings that are short sales. She said that she has called him about some listings she wants to see when she comes here, but his response to her is "those are short sales." My response to her, was "so what if they are?"
She was very honest with me and said that she wouldn't feel comfortable buying a home without him, yet she felt like she was getting short changed from not being able to see everything that was available to her. She said her family has mentioned that she should find another agent.
I told her that if he is still refusing to show her the homes she wants to see, that I would be willing to show them to her IF she signs a buyer's agreement with me, because of the statement she made to me about not feeling comfortable buying a home without him. She understood where I was coming from, and to a point I can understand where she is coming from. Yet, if you're working with someone that isn't showing you everything that is available to you, are you doing yourself a favor by still working with that agent? Or are you short-changing yourself?
It's her decision as to what she feels comfortable doing, and if she wants to stick with him and not see everything, then it's her choice. Either way, I hope she ends up finding her perfect home.
I don't like "stepping on other agents toes" when I know someone is already working with an agent, so we'll see if she calls me back or not to want to see them when she gets into town, or if he decides he will show them to her.
He must not be hurting too badly for business to not want to show ANY short sales to any of his buyer's, since short sales seem to be pretty popular around these parts these days!
I guess my only statement to him is....."Well if you won't, then I will". Get use to short sales, they will be around for a while!!