The fast track from agent to defendant.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

The fast track from agent to defendant by Richard WeisserI read several posts written by real estate agents over the last few days that left me puzzled.

These posts referenced ancillary attributes such as the cooperating agent's deportment or offer terms that would affect whether or not the AGENT would accept their offers.

And that sentiment is set in writing and entered into the record of cyberspace.

It is NOT up to the agent to decide if an offer is acceptable or not. It is NOT up to the agent to decide if they are or are not willing to work with another agent or not.

Failure to present an offer due to any preconceived notions about the buyer, the buyer’s agent or the terms of the offer is the fast track to trouble.


Admitting to it in writing makes it all the more troublesome.

Comments (15)

Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

Exactly Richard!

Jan 14, 2015 12:14 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Richard, as Realtors, we are there to guide our clients, not to accept or make decisions on their behalf. I've seen some posts on FB as well as other SM regarding agents accepting offers...perhaps I'm missing something. 

Jan 14, 2015 12:14 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Richard you are so right - we should also adhere to the code of ethics which does not allow us to trash talk other agents - even to our clients. 

Jan 14, 2015 12:17 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Amen Richard Weisser ! I've made it a point that no matter what the offer, low-ball, contract for deed, what ever.. it must be presented by law.

Jan 14, 2015 12:17 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Richard Weisser there are too many agents today who make decisions for their clients....that's not their job....that's not what representation is all about.... 

Jan 14, 2015 12:38 AM
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Richard, we work for the client. We are not the captain of that ship. Simple, I thought.

Jan 14, 2015 12:39 AM
Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate/ PECO
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Draper, UT
Broker Results Real Estate/Leasing Specialist PECO

AMEN! Exactly!!!!

Jan 14, 2015 12:47 AM
Jenna Dixon
Momentum Real Estate Group LLC - Marietta, GA
55 & Over | New Constructions | Horse Farms

We see/hear that type of proclamation often in cyberspace.  I can only imagine the conversations that take place at dining room tables!

Jan 14, 2015 03:07 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional




Social media is abuzz and it makes my ears tingle! TYVM


Funny because you hear the trash talk about how unethical the OTHER agent is! Thanks so much.

Jan 14, 2015 03:28 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

And you can't take it back, once it is there it is always findable. 

Jan 14, 2015 04:36 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

We advise, not decide.  The language we use is very important when articulating ideas in our posts.  

Jan 14, 2015 09:01 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have run across this before.  The agent said the sellers would not counter.  Talking to my buyers and explaining what I thought was going on, they decided to knock on the door.  They explained they gave an offer and wondered why they had not at least countered.  What offer?   was the response.

Jan 15, 2015 08:52 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Richard: Amen!!

Jan 16, 2015 02:59 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

This goes on I know, if listing agent does not present our client's offer I WILL report to no end.

Jan 16, 2015 04:11 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Absolutely.  Besides, an agent can't write a counter-offer by themselves.

Jan 23, 2015 05:03 AM