I'll sign contract if you buy me a washer and a dryer.

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

Have you ever been in this situation? I have......Do I accept and buy the washer and dryer? Typically the commission outweighs the price of a standard washer and dryer. I was put in this situation recently and I seriously considered the propisition. After thinking awhile, do I want to be known as the realtor that buys appliances? I thought to myself, and quickly decided, no. I've done many things to help my clients get into their dream house. However, to be put in a corner and be told that if I don't purchase the appliances they will not be working with me. Obviously, there are some other issues to consider......If I purchased the washer and dryer, would there be other problems. Usually, yes. After I politely declined, the client did indeed walk. Was it worth it. Absoultely! Have you been in this situation?

I am glad that I declined. I want to hear if other realtors have had this happened to them. I will go to great lengths to help clients, but to be threatened was another issue. I'm sure another realtor accepted this, but do I really need this on my plate?

Comments (9)

Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Oddly enough I have bought a washer and dryer for a client of mine.  But not because they "insisted", and held the contract ransom... because I knew what their situation was... I had sold their house, and helped them buy a condo that had a hook-up, but no machines.... so given that I had a "double-bang", I offered.

That's the difference... it was my choice... not their demand.

Oct 24, 2012 04:14 AM
Ashley Edgar
Keller Williams - Austin, TX

Thank you! I felt that the ransom demanded my choice. Especially because, it was towards the end of the "negotiation." I think they waited to pull the fast one.....

Oct 24, 2012 04:17 AM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Ditto Alan's comments, I've purchased a dryer for a client after I had sold them 3 houses. She didn't ask I just volunteered. I agree with you, I don't make it a habit. 

Oct 24, 2012 04:20 AM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

I have bought things for clients, but because I wanted to, not because I was blackmailed into it Ashley. In the end consistent principles are more valuable than a one-off commission cheque.

Oct 24, 2012 04:21 AM
Ashley Edgar
Keller Williams - Austin, TX

Thanks for the responses!

Oct 24, 2012 04:29 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

You do what you feel is the right thing sometimes. Do it or else doesn't work for me. Do it or else is usually the start of many things. You can help when you feel good about it.

Oct 24, 2012 05:20 AM
Ashley Edgar
Keller Williams - Austin, TX

Thank you for the response! I've given up and done amny of things, but when someone forces me to make a decision. I had to step back and see what the right choice was for my business and career.

Oct 24, 2012 05:25 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I would have told them that if they buy me a new car, I'll drive them around to look at houses. In some scenarios, i would buy a client a new washer and dryer, but it wouldn't be agreed to as a condition to work together.

Oct 24, 2012 07:20 AM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Ashley, I think most agents will say you did the right thing.  Walking away from a client like that is very wise.

Oct 24, 2012 10:28 PM