. An agent told us a story that was sad and reminded us that "Ethical" does not...or to our minds...should not....just refer to Realtors. A friend's son came to her wanting tips on writing on a FSBO with a home sale contingency...not having the agent profit...just doing him a favor..If the son's offer was accepted it saved him a healthy five figures on a luxury priced home with paying no commission. They would talk later about listing his home if he got the house. Days passed....and the house, in MLS had an "active with offer" status. It must be, she thought, that there was another buyer without a home sale ...she extended her sympathy to the Son in an email believing since she heard nothing...sorry that his offer was not accepted but assured him, he had written the best offer possible.
Fast forward 30 days...Son writes the agent an email....the "active with offer" status WAS his offer....wait ,..wait...it gets better...make that WORSE...and he was listing ...make that ALREADY HAD listed with another Agent !
Hmmm..."Sin of Omission" not telling the agent...her hard money saving work...paid off. Violation number two...not even asking the agent to give a presentation. The agent who listed it...has less experience...does less marketing ....Our agent friend is justifiably disturbed by the actions of someone she trusted...and had done nothing but "come from contribution" in offering him advice....as a favor...saving him more than he would have spent hiring her. Betrayed...oh yes...Uneithical....you bet. It was probably not any comfort to her...we said people like that have no ethics...and most probably no conscience...Karma takes care of them at some point. Unethical behavior by Buyers and Sellers can carry no other consequences. She could send him a link to this post...but that would neither right the wrong or teach someone with no conscience not to "use" people.
To some people...regrettably...relationships are disposable...and loyalty is just another word in the dictionary without any "real life meaning."
Satisfaction in knowing SHE did the right thing...she "came from contribution"....and he...will just have to wait until Karma catches up to him.
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