My Client Will Not Accept It!!

Real Estate Agent with Jon Gosche Real Estate

Boise Realtors read this blog.  No offer, no sale!  No matter what anyone says an offer is where you start.  We all have heard words like these.  NEVER squelch a deal from the start by discouraging an buyer's agent's offer!

Original content by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker PA License #AB068077


"My client will not accept it!"


Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR, Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Rural and Horse Properties for Sale in Eastern PennsylvaniaI have heard that said a few times by Listing Agents when a Buyer's Agent, for their client, requested something from the Seller or an offer was presented on a property.


Now, Listing Agents do represent the Sellers and the Buyers Agents represent the Buyers.  But, can they speak for their clients without consulting them? 


My opinion is no.  We, as agents, are to look out for our clients best interests and get the property SOLD, not make decisions for them.  Any offer or request, that comes in is to be presented to the Seller, no matter how rediculous it may seem.  It is an offer or request, which is a starting point towards getting the property SOLD.  This is where negotiations come in and a middle ground can hopefully be met by both parties. 


Granted, the Seller may have stated certain things were not acceptable at the time the property was listed, but circumstances and minds do change over time.  It may be acceptable at this point in time.  Then agent doesn't know that until it is presented it to their client.  


Real estate agents are not decision makers for their clients.  Their job is to educate, suggest and advise their clients and look out for their best interests.  The final decision comes from the client, not the real estate agent.



Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR®  (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.  

Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR

Pennsylvania License #RS297130

Rural and Horse Properties and Farms


Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.


The Premier Equine and Country Real Estate firm serving Eastern Pennsylvania from back yard operations to world class equestrian facilities.

Use a REALTOR with "horse sense" that doesn't horse around when it comes to horse properties.



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Comments (4)

Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

One of my issues is with the agent that forgets that they are not the principal (owner) of the property.

Sep 20, 2012 01:23 AM
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

It is improper for an agent to make decisions for the client. They can offer recommendations and only as it pertains to being a real estate agent, not a lawyer, inspector, etc. 

Sep 20, 2012 01:24 AM
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

You must always follow the instructions of your seller.  If they have it in writing that they will not consider and offer under $xxxx.  You should still confirm, as they may have changed their mind if on the market awhile.

Sep 20, 2012 01:30 AM
Jon Gosche
Jon Gosche Real Estate - Boise, ID

People change their minds all the time don't they.  And first of all, like I said before, anyone can say anything, but when you have a written offer the ball starts rolling.  They buyer may be fishing.  Giving them a little may keep the ball rolling.  I say to my agents have the seller look at all offers and be the last to counter offer.

Sep 20, 2012 02:09 AM