When is an offer an insult?

Real Estate Agent with Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC RB14037276

According to the Real Estate law in Indiana, we as the Selling agent, must present ALL OFFERS.  Everyone is looking for a deal, so I expect to get some of these rediculous low offers.  It is our duty to explain to our seller that the offer is not an insult to his or her beautiful home. The blog by Judi K Barrett  has been featured and blogged before, but it is worth repeating.

Original content by 1~Judi Barrett 141871

That offer raise the hair on your back?When is an offer an insult? An offer is never an insult..  an offer is...exactly that, it's an offer to purchase or buy your home or land or commercial property.


The person making the offer has indicated a desire to own your property, home, land.. that is a complement, not an insult. 


The person making the offer may not have offered the amount of money that you want, or the other conditions, contingencies in the offer may not be things that you want to do, but it's still an offer to purchase, not an insult.  So don't jump up and arch your back like this cat! Calm down and think...


Why in the world do you think a buyer would want to insult or offend you?  They are hoping to purchase your real estate. Offending you or insulting you is not a way to establish repoire for making a deal.. so I doubt very seriously if they intended any such bad thing when they offered to buy your property. 


The offer has been made.. now it's your turn to respond.  Always, ALways, ALWays, ALWAys, ALWAYs, ALWAYS RESPOND.    Counter that offer if you cannot accept it.  What have you got to lose?  And you might gain a sale. 



Nothing contained within this post is intended to be legal advice.  I am not an attorney and cannot give legal advice.  If you need legal advice, you should seek the advice of licensed attorney.


Judi K Barrett, B.S. EDU

Associate Broker 

Integrity Real Estate Services 

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IDABEL, OK 74475

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Comments (10)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Larry Johnston great reblog choice....and I'll go to the original and leave a comment.... there is no such thing as an insulting offer from a qualified agent....we all need to start somewhere....and everything can be negotiated...

Jan 15, 2017 10:46 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      Sellers who get insulted or offended are out of touch with reality.  They confuse selling a commodity, with selling their lifestyle and their memories.

Jan 15, 2017 11:42 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Larry -- it's best to explain upfront with sellers "what can happen" when a home goes on the market for sale.   At least they will be forewarned although a gentle reminder or two may be necessary.  

Jan 15, 2017 12:44 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Larry, thanks for the re-blog. I had missed this post - great explanation that an offer is never an insult. It's a desire somebody to own the Seller's property.

Jan 15, 2017 02:24 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

It is true, we must present all offers no matter what the number is.

Jan 15, 2017 04:35 PM
Shahar Hillel
Augusta Financial Inc. - Stevenson Ranch, CA
Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer.

Thank you for the re-blog, missed this post.

Jan 15, 2017 04:42 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Too many agents take it upon themselves to be the filter using a harsh stance to deflect a low offer and never really get it to a point of negotiations.  Good re-blog

Jan 15, 2017 07:07 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Larry.  I have had offers come in so low my clients would not counter or accept any future offers from the buyers, like I know most of us have.  Now, if only they would take this to heart.

Jan 16, 2017 01:39 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I counsel sleers that there is no such thing as an insulting offer and when you stop dialogue you will never know what that buyer would do.

Jan 16, 2017 08:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great reblog, Larry. I missed it the first time around. What I always tell sellers is the "the insult is when they get NO offer." A low offer is just a door opening to negotiations.

Jan 17, 2017 05:27 AM