Many agents enjoy the "sport of negotiating" parts of a contract with the other agent, then writing up the paperwork after verbally discussing terms, on their clients behalf, or answering with a texted counter offer, "with paperwork to follow."
Example: Agent receives my offer and texts me a counter, expecting me to relay this info to my buyers, and if agreeable to my buyer, I will receive written counter from them .
No!!!! I do not work that way, not safe for my buyers, not safe for me, or the other agent!
I tell the agent I will wait for a signed seller counter and present to my buyer when received.
Buyer will respond in writing. Real estate 101. I have made this post public to increase awareness:
****If the counter is merely a text or verbal communication and has not come in addendum form, signed by the principals involved, it is not a true counter.
It bears repeating.
A counter in verbal or text form only, should not be relayed between parties until signatures received.****