Guidance, Please Give Me Guidance

Real Estate Agent with Crown Key Realty

In the city of Tracy California, the number of available properties has reached a critically low point. In the under 200K price range the competition is fierce and multiple offers (as in double digit multiple) is the norm.


Recently while showing one of these properties, another agent and her clients walked in on us. She handed me her card and said “hope you don't mind” but we are in a hurry. Truth is I did mind. I have always been taught that if you go to show a property and another agent is inside, wait in your car and once the door is locked and the key returned to the lock box it is your turn to show the property.


Then, another agent walks in, says she is from the Bay Area, doesn't have lock box access but she is going to show the property anyway. I am now freaking out inside but showing a calm exterior to my clients.


Eventually they left as did my clients and I. I apologized for what had happened and explained that I would never do what they had just done. So, please help me and tell me how you would have handled the situation.


My name is Dale E. Bledsoe with Crown Key realty and as always I may be reached at 209-481-6031. You may also visit me on the web at

Comments (7)

Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Dale, I believe I would say that I do mind and we will be finished in a few minutes then you can come in.

Apr 17, 2012 03:38 AM
Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Here locally, it is ethical to allow one agent with clients in at a time, I agree with Mike's comment, short and to the point.  


Apr 17, 2012 03:45 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I feel the same way as you do let the first Agent finish the showing then the others can proceed that is common respect.

Apr 17, 2012 04:01 AM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Yep, I would have to say I did mind and they could wait their turn. If I was over my scheduled time I might hurry the buyers along.

But the agent that said they didn't access to the the lockbox I definitely would have told her to get permission from the listing agent.

Anything disappears...guess who is responsible.......

Apr 18, 2012 12:14 AM
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

I would have made the agents at least register their showing by scanning their key on the lockbox.  You probably could have told them your mind but odds are they wouldn't care and might shove back.

Apr 18, 2012 12:43 AM
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

I had an agent do this and I got the card and my Broker made a call!  It was not pleasent from what I was told.

Apr 18, 2012 07:20 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

They should have waited their turn.  Rude and unprofessional.

    They need to at least scan the Lockbox.  If they don't scan, and if I don't personally know them, I want their B-card and their auto license number.

Apr 18, 2012 12:59 PM