Reasonable Amount of Time to Present Your Offer? . . .

Real Estate Broker/Owner with NoVa Brokers LLC 0225 094634 VA/ 643686 MD

There seems to be a difference of opinion regarding the amount of time you have to present an offer to your seller.  Here is the scenario . . . 

On morning of October 7, 2016 called listing agent and asked if any offers for a particular property.  Seller said yes, offer deadline is Saturday October 8, 2016 @12 noon.


1.  Offer sent in October 7, 2016 @11pm to listing agent.

2.  Listing Agent confirmed receipt on October 8, 2016 @6am

3.  On October 9, 2016 no word yet.

4. October 10, 2016 - my buyers run into sellers (who they just happen to know very well) and asked if they received thier offer and the sellers said "no".  Buyers contacted me and asked me to check status of offer.  

5.  Sent email to listing agent and he said offers are to be reviewed on Monday evening.  I am thinking, you told me by Saturday and now it is Monday.  

6.  How is it the sellers received some offers but not our offer?

7.  Today is October 12, 2016 and still no word on offers or whether or not the sellers saw our offer. No communication from listing agent yet.  It is now 12:00pm.  We still don't know if our offer was presented.


Is this reasonable? Would love other agents take on this.  Seems some agents present offers as they come in like I do, but some take a different approach. 



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Comments (7)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Stella Barbour, unreal how bad some agents make us look by now doing their job.  

Oct 12, 2016 02:16 AM
Stella Barbour

Hi Will. I know.  I wish I could say it is a new agent, but very active agent I am working with and seasoned. 

Oct 12, 2016 03:04 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Stella, this past spring and summer we saw this often, but usually the LA would put into Broker remarks when offers were to be in by and response time.

Oct 12, 2016 02:25 AM
Stella Barbour

Hi Joan. You are right, some type of communication would be nice but how can he present some but not all offers? seems like an inside job. LOL

Oct 12, 2016 03:04 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

The scenario you describe should be communicated to all agents - and authorized by the seller.  We have had sellers state that they will entertain all offers on a specific date at a specific time - and this is put in agent remarks. The fact that the listing agent is not letting you know what is happening is suspicious and in my opinion, not acting in good faith to all the agents who have clients interested in the property. 

Oct 12, 2016 08:25 AM
Stella Barbour

Very suspicious. The fact is that now it is under contract, still no courtesy call or email from the listing agent. What happened to the professional courtesy call after we took the time to write up an offer.  I haven't decided how to approach him or call him out on it yet.

Oct 12, 2016 10:55 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Unfortunately, we all seem to have to deal with some uncommunicative listing agents. How rude and unprofessional!

Oct 14, 2016 01:34 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That certainly doesn't seem like a timely presentation of an offer to me.  Especially, if the seller is in reach, and the listing agent has the offer.

Oct 14, 2016 09:33 AM
Stella Barbour
NoVa Brokers LLC - Vienna, VA
Principal Broker, Serving Virginia and Maryland

Tell me about it Myrl.  Story of my life. Thanks for stoping by.

Oct 16, 2016 09:47 AM
Larry Riggs
Century 21 Redwood - Frederick, MD
GRI, SRS Your Frederick County Specialist

NAR code of ethics article 1 standards of practice 1-6.

•  Standard of Practice 1-6    RealtoRs® shall submit offers and counter-offers objectively and as quickly as possible. (Adopted 1/93, Amended 1/95) 

Also covered in Maryland law and I suspect in Virginia law also. 

Nov 27, 2016 04:37 AM
Stella Barbour

Thanks Larry for stopping by!

Nov 29, 2016 11:59 AM