I just read a blog about the tragedies in the northeast from Frankenstorm Sandy about homes that were destroyed and agents whining about losing their deals. I was reminded of a deal I had that fell through where the buyer's agent and her buyers were livid.
Like so many in this economy, my sellers had fallen on hard times and prey to an aggressive builder when they bought the home, with terms the could not afford long term. (This was before I came along.)
It was a short sale with two liens and the banks were all but non-responsive and very uncooperative. Of course when this happens the listing agent inevitably always get the fingers pointed at them. But our hands were totally tied.
This drug on for a few months until the buyers got totally frustrated and walked. And of course the buyer's agent was furious with us because she lost the deal.
Unfortunately we were never able to sell that house and ultimately the sellers got foreclosed on. Very nice lady who took care of her older handicapped son, but the buyers agent and her clients could have cared less.
I guess my point here is, while I think most Realtors out there today are in this business for the right reasons, there are a few that are in it for the money and nothing else. And that saddens me.