Is she working as a TRUE Buyer's Agent?

Real Estate Agent with Com Choice Realty Inc., brokerage

4 days ago, I received a call from a potential buyer for one of my listings. We set an appointment that I would meet the buyer's at my listing and even confirmed our appointment this morning for 10 am.  When I arrived, the buyer's were sitting on the front porch chatting away with the sellers. All was great.  We went through the house together and I never asked if they were working with another agent - nothing was mentioned by the buyers. They fell in love with the home and told me that they had another house to go take a look at with another agent.  I gave them my card and told them to call me if they wanted to write an offer or if they had any further questions.

This afternoon, an agent from 60 miles away calls and is writing the offer. She has no idea where the house is, what's involved with a country property and has not showed the house. She wants me to send her all the info so she can write the offer for her buyer's  that she swears she gave her biz card to and told them to give it to anyone that they looked at houses with.

OK - now the offer is signed and she wants to fax it to me so I can present her offer to my sellers. Isn't there some point at which she has Buyer agency signed?  Isn't there some place in the document that they sign and she witnesses that reads that she is working in the buyer's interest?  I am at a lose as to when that agency agreement kicks in if all that agent does is type a offer?  If anyone out there can enlighten me, I would appreciate it.

OK - now I'm ranting - Maybe she has seen the price of gas and figures it's just cheaper to let all the other agents run around with her buyers and then she types up the offer?? Perhaps she runs without morals or any thought of her fellow realtors. Anyway, I'm unhappy and told her so - not that I think she gave that any care with her very limp - "Oh, I'm so sorry!" I would have felt better if she would have said nothing at all.  Anyway, what do you think?

Comments (5)

Lorinda Ward
Keffer Realty - Norfolk, VA
Serving, Hampton Roads Virginia. Norfolk, Chesapeake, Va Beach

It's is just incredible!  I have had the done to me a few times, the only thing I would have done different was to ask the potential buyers if they were working with a Realtor and if that Realtor could not come along for the viewing I would get the agents contact info.  I still would have shown them the house since I work for the sellers and would not hurt there chance for getting there home sold.  I know there are a lot of Realtors here who would have countered the offer and let that agent know since she did not show the property she will only receive 1% commission.

Excellent post!  Have a blessed day.


Jun 06, 2008 10:29 AM
Marshall Bell
The Home Mart, Pleasanton, CA. - Castro Valley, CA

Wow. Normally working as a buyer's agent, I would have my clients sign a buyers agreement in the beginning so that there was no misunderstanding as to representation. I would always make sure that I accompanied my clients out in the field while looking for that suitable home. I'm representing them. It's part of my job. I get the parameters of what they would like and I do my research. We meet to go out and view properties together. Seems that the agent that you dealt with was just "too busy" to do her part which ended up being a disservice to the potential buyers and yourself. 

Jun 06, 2008 11:05 AM
Prudential California Realty - Yorba Linda, CA
I was contacted by a couple who wanted to go see one of my listings and told me that they were working with a website where they give you much of the commission back if you find the listing and have the sellers agent show you the home. I was so shocked that I asked them a few more questions about it and they said "well, the agent has a chance to sell his listing so they shouldn't care" and I when I asked them how many houses they have already seen they said over 30!!
Jun 06, 2008 11:24 AM
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

I ask people upfront the name of the agent they have been working with.  Not "are you working with a real estate agent" but the name of the agent.   That simple question gets to the heart of the matter quickly, before I take my time to show a home to them.

Jun 06, 2008 10:06 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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