Will You Do My Buyer's Agent Job Because He is Too Busy?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

It's a simple question: are you working with an agent? But many Sacramento home buyers don't know how to answer that question, so I caution my team members to go that extra step when qualifying a home buyer. They need to ask if the buyer understands that if we show them the home, we will write the purchase offer for them, and we will represent them. We expect to be procuring cause. Oh, no, suddenly the buyers did not understand and, yes, they have an agent. See, that's why it's important to lay it out there and get clarification upfront. If for nothing else, it will save a buyer's agent an unnecessary trip for which they will not get paid and the upsetting feeling of being used.

Yesterday, after I was finally able to get the buyer to admit on the phone that she had her own agent, she called back to ask if I would call the seller and arrange for an appointment for her to see the home in Sacramento because her agent was too busy at work. At some other job, I suspect. You can read more in my personal blog today about Who's on First or Why You Need a Buyer's Agent.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Tammy Lankford,
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Tell her to call me to make the appointment on her break or when she gets off work from Kmart.  ugh.  We get a LOT of this in my market where out of towners want to use their Atlanta area agent to write offers when that agent never plans to see the house.  NOT gonna happen.

Apr 25, 2015 01:45 AM #1
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Tammy Lankford They simply don't know any better, though, and they're doing the best they can with the information at hand. I realize this. But still, I'm with you.

Apr 25, 2015 01:47 AM #2
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Joan Cox
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Elizabeth, it is always amazing you can ask, and they flat our lie to you to get into a home.  

Apr 25, 2015 01:52 AM #3
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Elizabeth, If I was buying in Sacramento, I would want you to represent me as a Buyer. I don't care if there part timers are not. The other agent needs to come clean and tell the buyer if they can help them with this important transaction. 

Apr 25, 2015 02:22 AM #4
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Chris Ann Cleland
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A buyer's agent that is too busy doing another job to show homes is a clue that the agent is not living and breathing the local market, which is a necessity to truly represent the best interests of their buyer.  

Apr 25, 2015 05:49 AM #5
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I've heard a lot of excuses but not this one (around here anyway).   

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For me it's always a red flag when the buyer's agent is too busy to make an appointment.  I'm guessing the buyer is not all that qualified or easy to work with.

Apr 25, 2015 09:06 PM #7
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Joan Cox To quote Dr. House, everybody lies.

Frank Rubi, MBA 

The agent might have already told the buyer the facts of life, but buyers often make the mistake of thinking that when it comes between a) agent who knows the ropes and is a stranger vs b) agent who doesn't know anything but is a friend, they will choose B.

Apr 26, 2015 02:38 AM #8
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Chris Ann Cleland Buyers don't seem to realize this, and short of grabbing them by the shoulders and shaking them, some don't grasp it regardless of what you say as they have their own agenda. That's only normal.

James Dray Yes, it was a surprise to me and a first. I've never had a buyer call me directly to try to do her agent's job.

Apr 26, 2015 02:40 AM #9
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Gabe Sanders I wonder that, too, sometimes, but then you and I seem to possess that kind of radar.

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