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Don't Be The Agent Who Waits Until the Last Minute!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097

Again...yes, I'm back again, to posting.  It won't be elegant with photos, graphics and fancy fonts...not yet but let's go.


What did it take this time?  How about a little irritation and frustration with a couple of transactions over the last few months.  Who gets hurt?  Our clients!  Our buyers and sellers.


Buyers and sellers do hire us to make their transactions run smoothly.  Smoothly doesn't happen without special effort from the agents and cooperation from the clients.


For example?  Well, when is the best time to help your buyer complete their Due Diligence?  If your answer is 4:00pm on the final day of Due Diligence, please consider remedial training of some sort because that answer is wrong, wrong, wrong.  Especially if a request for repair assistance is involved.  No one in the sphere of this transaction needs this kind of stress.  The seller is not going to feel accommodating, I promise.  The listing agent's job just got much harder and human nature will dictate remembering the buyer's agent in an unflattering manner and any subsequent transactions are likely to involve heavy oversight by one agent over the other.


Another example?  How about requests to extend Due Diligence or Settlement Dates? Right before the agreed upon date arrives? NO, NO, NO!  Buyer agents run the risk of the seller saying  uhm no.  They can also run the risk of sellers agreeing only if the buyer absorbs additional seller expenses caused by the delay.


No time for more examples...although we all have plenty!  I am calmed down, rant over but the bottom line is we all must take our responsibilities seriously.  We are licensed to protect the public not harm them.


Am I the only agent to have witnessed this behavior?

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Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
HomeSmart Stars - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

Welcome back. Sorry it took such frustrating experiences to get you writing again. And yes, we've all witnessed this behavior.

Jun 01, 2019 09:02 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Mona and nice to see you here again. You are not the only one.

Jun 01, 2019 11:22 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Mona Gersky welcome back.... it's nice seeing you again.... your stories are not unique to you, unfortunately.... agents who drop the ball are labeled by other agents .... I'll be your next co-broke with those agents will be handled quite differently.... you'll know that there's trouble ahead and you'll basically do the deal yourself because of it.... you'll be doing that agent's job...that's what we do.... 

Jun 01, 2019 12:13 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Mona- and I will echo what others said...it's good to see you back. And what Barbara Todaro said is no doubt true...you like the other professionals here will do pick up the slack because you want to make sure that the end goal is achieved. You will do what's right for all involved. 

Jun 01, 2019 05:52 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Last minute changes are not what dream transactions are made of that is for sure !

Jun 01, 2019 08:20 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mona nice to see you back, my take is,it is our job to manage the expectations of our clients and prepare them for these kinds of situations. It happens all the time,  either we handle it or we get consumed by it. I am always thrilled when a transaction goes smooth and I deal with professionals on the other side,Endre

Jun 01, 2019 10:49 PM
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Glad to see you back!

Jun 03, 2019 05:28 AM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Thank you everyone!  I see so many of you on fb that I hardly feel like I've ever left.

Jun 10, 2019 04:57 PM