Come on guys! Real Estate isn't rocket surgery.
This will just be a short rant and then I will let you all get back to being productive.
One thing that drives me nuts about real estate is agents who are bad at what they do. I can say that about every line of work. If you aren't good at it, don't do it.
I'm not talking about how successful you may or may not be, that's not what I mean by being "good at it". I'm talking about attention to detail, follow through and working within the boundaries of common sense, ethics, good business practices and the law.
I'm dealing with an agent in a transaction right now who is representing a short sale property that one of my clients is trying to buy.
We have been going round in circles since February now. Having our first offer accepted by the seller (which bumped another hopeful buyer who had submitted a lesser offer off the deal) and passed on to the lender. At the last minute, day 53 of the stated 60, we got bumped off the deal by a better offer.
About 3 weeks later the people who were now waiting for the lender to accept the short sale pulled out of the transaction and the listing went active again.
Now the first thing I would have done in that situation would be to call all of the other agents who had submitted offers before, especially the two that had previously been under contract on the property.
Am I crazy? Does anybody else see the logic in that or am I missing something?
So, no call from the agent. I'll be honest here, that isn't bothering me as much as the rest of the story since I happen to believe that, as a Realtor, I am obligated to work hard for my clients and do everything I can to assist and advise them through their journey to buy or sell a property.
With that in mind, I saw the property come back on the market and my client submitted another offer. Now in Washington our forms are pretty basic and the actual buy/sell agreement is pretty short. The offer was countered by the seller, excluding the kitchen appliances from the deal which were stated on the listing as included.
I am accustomed to getting a formal "counter offer" back if the seller wishes to suggest any changes. What we were sent from the other agent was our offer initialed and signed but with the check boxes scribbled out where the appliances were listed and the sellers initials above them.
Now I heard somewhere in EVERY real estate class, seminar and CE credit course that "Time is of the essence". Maybe you have heard that as well?
So with that in mind, everything is assigned a performance date. The counter came back without a date on it...
Doesn't that leave the door open for a few potential problems?
So I talked it over with my client and she decided she was ok with it and went ahead and initialed the "counter offer" and we sent it back to the listing agent.
About 2 weeks later I noticed the listing was still active, the agent hadn't bothered to change the status.
Anyways, I'm done with my rant. I will just wrap it up by asking you, if you are one that doesn't pay attention to the details, you don't follow up and take care of your listings (which your clients are trusting you to do) and you don't communicate with your clients, other agents you are in a transaction with, title and escrow agents and/or anybody else you should be communicating with.... please find a job or career more suited to your ability or lack thereof.