One of the joys of mentoring new agents here at Century 21 Bradley in Fort Wayne is that I get to answer all kinds of questions. It's almost like a refresher course!
This morning one of my new agents called and asked me this question:
How honest should I be with showing feedback?
She told me that one of the homes she toured yesterday smelled terrible! There were at least five kitty litter boxes throughout the home, and the cat urine smell was over powering.
Should I tell the listing agent that, or is that being mean?
In my opinion, telling the listing agent that would probably help them. What they'll do is forward that information to the seller via email or a phone call.
If one of my listings was having this issue during showings, I'd want to know about it so I could remedy the problem with my sellers.
As a listing agent, I've received some showing feedback from buyer agents that was downright rude and completely unecessary. I softened it up a little before I forwarded it to my sellers.
I think that being honest with showing feedback is key. If that means telling a listing agent that the home was a mess or that it smelled, so be it.
That's not being rude. That's being honest and it really could help the seller and the listing agent.
What are your thoughts as Realtors? Do you soften it up when you leave feedback or do you just say it how it is?
How about sellers out there? Do you want to hear it, even if it's bad?
Amanda and Jared Christiansen
Full time Realtors with Century 21 Bradley Realty in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. We'd love to hear from you if you have any real estate questions at all! We can be reached at 260.704.0843 or 260.704.0842. We look forward to hearing from you soon! Thanks for reading!