Did you Hire a Real Estate Agent or a Secret Agent to Sell your Home?

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Ace Home Realty DRE#01206592

When you hire a Real Estate Agent to sell your home, it’s imperative that you don’t hire a Secret Agent. 

 

Well you may be wondering, “What exactly is a Secret Agent”.   A Secret Agent is a Real Estate Agent that……..   Instead of giving you a definition, I would prefer to answer this question with the following story:Man

 

As a Real Estate Broker I work with both buyers and sellers.  One of my past clients referred me his sister.  He said she was a first time home-buyer and wanted to buy something asap.  I spoke with her briefly over the phone, connected her with a reputable lender and met with her in person to do buyers consultation. 

 

I explained to her that the inventory was low and that there were a lot of multiple offers on most properties, but if we make it a point to see a property as soon as it hits the market, we’ll have a better chance of finding something.  So I did my part.  I set up an MLS alert to let me know asap when a property hits the market that meets her criteria. 

 

A couple of days ago the perfect property appeared.  The right location…right square footage…right number of bedrooms and bathrooms and so on.  So I’m excited.   So I did what any other Real Estate Agent would do, check to see what the showing instructions were.  Well this one was by appointment only, no lockbox.  So I immediately called the listing agent.  He didn’t answer.  So I left a message.  I called his office and no one answered.  So I left a message.  Then I emailed him. 

 

Unfortunately no return call and no response to my email. 

 

So the next day I repeated the same process of calls and emails while working diligently to make sure I responded to the numerous calls, emails and offers subject to inspection on one of my listing.  Although I was working with a qualified buyer, I didn’t turn into a Secret Agent.  I called the seller to discuss the offers received along with a game plan.  I returned emails and phone called promptly.  Also I answered my phone when I could instead of letting it go to voice-mail.  I set up as many appointments as possible to view the property the next day.  I contacted each agent that submitted an offer to let them know that the seller would be making a decision this evening. Lastly I contacted the agent whose clients offer was accepted and I contacted the agents whose clients were not accepted along with asking a few agents if their client would like be our backup offer.   As for this one, it’s in escrow.  Hooray!!!

 

ManAs of today, the day I wrote this blog, that perfect property that matched my buyers criteria, is still on the market.  It’s reflecting active.   Not pending.  My buyer drove by and she likes it and she wants to see, but we’re dealing with a secret agent . 

 

 

If you’re thinking about selling your home, don’t hire a secret agent.  Call Sharon Sanchez a Real Estate Broker and Realtor that specializes in handling short sales, distressed sales and regular sales.   I can be reached at 310-989-5209 or by email at Sharon.Sanchez@RealtyWorld.com .

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Sharon Sanchez, Broker-Owner of Ace Home Realty is a Short Sale Agent with the following specialized training designations:

  • Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)
  • Certified Short Sale Professional (CSP)
  • Accredited Short Sale Designation (ASD)
  • Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)
  • Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI)
  • REO Specialist Designation (RSD)

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Comments (55)

Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Tammie, I really wanted to knock on the door, but I didn't.  What's really weird, the house was put on hold and then it went back on the market.  So I called this guy again and guest what, he answered the phone.....but he said they had 29 offers.  How do you get 29 offers in 1 day.  Strange!  Very Strange!

Dec 13, 2012 08:18 AM
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

My husband used to call me a secret agent, but not the same definition. A secret agent, to him, is one that doesn't wear a badge, have magnets on the car, and talk to everyone in the world about real estate. I don't know; it kind of works for me. I closed quite a bit last year.

Jan 23, 2013 09:07 AM
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Melissa, based on your husband's definition, I'm a secret agent also.  However I am looking into getting a pair of car magnets.  Also congrats on your closings for last year.  I had a good year too.

Jan 23, 2013 09:35 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sharon, this is very sad to hear, and this is the time where I wish we could talk with the seller --- let them know how their representation is missing!   Good luck, and hope you get your buyer in this home soon.

Feb 13, 2013 10:23 PM
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Thank you Joan.  I personally know someone whose selling a rental property that my buyer may like.  I'll keep my fingers crossed.  I think she'll like it.

Feb 20, 2013 01:38 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Sharon,

I'm so glad that you are NOT a secret agent.. and I do wish  you were not dealing with one on the other side of the home that is perfect for your buyer...  

Mar 01, 2013 09:57 AM
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Thank you Judi.

Mar 02, 2013 09:51 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I know others have told you to contact this agent's broker. I would do that. It would be too bad to see your buyer lose out on the perfect house. Good luck.

Mar 03, 2013 07:55 AM
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Hi Debby,

My client didn't get that home.  We art still looking.  Inventory is extremely.

Thanks,

Mar 04, 2013 05:45 AM
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited® - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

Congratulatons on the feature and thank you for posting on mine.  I always say that there are A students and C students and that is just like real estate.  Who do you want to work with. It is so frustrating to work around an agent who is unresponsive. They are usually the first ones to complain about someone else as well.

Apr 05, 2013 10:46 AM
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Thank you Larry and you are right on target, It's definitely frustrating.

Apr 06, 2013 11:38 AM
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Valerie, I really wanted to knock on their door and let them know how poorly their agent was representing them.

Apr 14, 2013 02:11 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Sharon, like you I am not a secret agent... I know you will find your buyers the perfect home.

Apr 22, 2013 07:33 AM
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Thank you Rebecca.

Apr 22, 2013 07:49 AM
Kaye Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate Roseville CA - Roseville, CA
Your Roseville Real Estate Agent

Oh how sad for the sellers of that home AND your buyer! And what a grand job YOU did. It's been a few months. Did your buyers ever get to see that house? 

Jan 26, 2014 11:26 AM
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Kaye my buyer saw that house, but we diid find something.  Thanks.

Jan 27, 2014 03:23 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

A am glad you found the buyer a house. I had a similar experience and my buyers thought that I did not want to show them the house. They knocked on the sellers door and asked if they could see the house .

Feb 05, 2014 08:17 PM
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Thank you Gita.

Feb 06, 2014 03:39 AM
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL
REALTOR

Sharon - Unfortunately this happens often and it's so unfortunate.

Jul 04, 2014 06:04 AM
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Michelle - Yes it does.

Jul 07, 2014 07:17 AM