Sometimes, you just can't win by trying, but it does help to keep your priorities in focus. I do this by looking at the big picture and reassessing situations, especially when encountering out of area agents. It can be tough when that agent is representing the buyer because the agent does not know our local customs, might not know how to refer the best inspectors and, worse, has no MLS access to the house.
Not to mention, a little tidbit not every agent knows is our Sacramento MLS requires commission payment only to other members. So technically, we aren't even required to pay them, but we tend to allow it anyway. It's where priorities are set. The sellers. My priorities are the sellers.
Further, imagine for a moment how an agent buyer can have a fool for a client. However, even given those circumstances, I try to help the seller. I focus on what is best for the seller. If there is a way to help the agent buyer, I will do so. But sometimes those types of agents do not want any help because they've already got it together in their own minds. Sometimes they are very grateful for the assistance.
Just the luck of the draw at times.
But I tell you what I am grateful for is this huge network of agents across the country who at times jump in to help. Special thanks to our Beverly Hills agent, Endre Barath.
You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Establishing Priorities from a Top Sacramento Listing Agent.