This evening I was picking up dinner for my daughter and me at a local place. Pick up is at the bar at this place and other guests were dining at the bar. One of the other guests happened to be another agent I know. This agent was with what appeared to be clients. And right there among strangers they were discussing marketing strategy. The buyer clearly stating out loud what their "top dollar" was for this home and the agent never once telling them this was not the time or place to have this discussion.
Of course I have had lunch and dinner with buyer clients before, even during times we were in negotiation periods, but no public place discussions are held about the contract. When I left dinner that night I knew what house they were making an offer, what the offer was they had made, what their top dollar they were willing to pay for the house was and even details about their loan.
I didn't, but I could have told the listing agent. We live in a small community and it's really not hard to figure out what house they are talking about. In fact, one of the other random strangers at the house could live next door to the sellers for all they knew. Maybe someone else at the table did go tell tell the sellers or the listing agent.
When I am working with buyer clients we keep discussions about offers and negotiations and private loan details to the confines of my car or my office. We don't even discuss them at a house they are considering making an offer on in case there is some recording device inside the home. I always remember to warn my buyers that sellers probably have cameras and could even be listening to our conversation. At Lane Realty, we work really hard to protect our clients. This goes for both buyers and/or sellers we are working to help with a real estate transaction. Agents don't discuss among themselves the details. As the broker I am generally "in the know" on all transactions, but I don't discuss other than with the representing agent.
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