The Duties of Open House Agents in Sacramento

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

Yes, I'm preaching to the choir here on Active Rain about Sacramento open house etiquette among agents. Most of the agents who participate on this website discussing real estate know enough to not interfere in another agent's transaction. But like with any group of people, there are often exceptions.

The other day my client asked me why she hasn't completed her disclosures. The open house agent (who was not my team member) had a discussion with the seller about types of disclosures they should make. I know, right? WTH? She seemed insistent that the disclosures should already be completed, which is in direct opposition to the way I do business. My method is to prepare disclosures as close to the time of an offer as possible. Fresh data is always better than stale.

By the time I finished explaining everything to my seller -- engaging in a discussion that was somewhat premature and unnecessary thanks to that agent -- the seller did not think kindly about the agent who pushed her about the disclosures. Now I can't let that agent hold anymore open houses. No upside.

You can read more in my personal blog at this link: Why My Team Members are Great Sacramento Open House Agents.

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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents I have to say, no one other than the listing agent on the team will ever have direct communication with the seller.... the list agent is the leader and the "king of the hill" when communication is performed with the seller...no exceptions.

Sep 19, 2018 06:14 AM #1
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Beth Atalay
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Good morning Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, why would the agent holding the open house engage in a conversation with the seller? There will always be some.. I'm not a big fan of open houses, if and when I hold one, I will be there.

Sep 19, 2018 06:25 AM #3
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Barbara Todaro My team members deliver all questions to me for follow up, as it should be. I am very proud of my associates.

Sep 19, 2018 07:13 AM #4
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Beth Atalay Sellers love to talk about their homes, so it's not unusual for an agent who is preparing for the open house to run into the seller, coming or going.

Some neighborhoods in Sacramento always draw a lot of open house visitors and we often get offers that night or the day after. My team members are exclusive buyer's agents, so they are exceptional open house hosts!

Sep 19, 2018 07:16 AM #5
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Hi Elizabeth, this sounds like somebody feeling a bit self-important. There is no room for ego, especially as a guest of the listing agent. I would also ban Miss Know-it-all from my Open Houses. Her only job was to represent the house well and snag buyers. Ha. 

Sep 19, 2018 09:26 AM #6
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I think the agent just temporarily forgot who she was and what she was doing, LOL. But in any case, ignorance is no excuse. Agents are supposed to know.

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Elizabeth- it has to be difficult to not offer advice or answer a question but that's what agents have to do.  You don't want to step on another agent's toes or contradict what they may have told their clients. 

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