I Want You To Sell My House For Free

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Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

I Want You To Sell My House For Free

 

We real estate agents get some strange requests from clients, all usually looking to save money. The call I got this afternoon was by far the strangest I have ever gotten.

 

Hi Ed, This is Josh Smith.  Do you remember helping me buy my house 7 years ago?  Well I'm going to sell it, and I already found a buyer but he needs some help with the purchase.  I told him to call you and that you would help him buy my house.

He should be ready in 4-5 months, and he has your number to call when he's ready. 

Since I found the buyer and the house is ready, I don't expect you to charge me anything for helping him buy the house.

 

We chatted for a bit and I let him know I don't work for free for anyone, and if it comes to a reality the we will all talk.

Working in real estate has a lot of rewards, but it also has a lot of costs that our clients do not realize, nor do they care. Licensing fees, board fees, continuing education, insurance, all mount up.

I don't charge outrageous fees, but I do work hard and deserve the payments I get.

 

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Comments (22)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Ed Silva this homeowner thinks because he has the buyer selling a home is easy doesn't consume time or no responsibility. Great post!

May 16, 2021 06:09 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Yes Ed Silva let us not forget error and omissions insurance just in case something in the contract was omitted  and someone sues 

May 16, 2021 06:22 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

The chutzpah! I was wondering if I received a request like that if I would be able to do anything but laugh.

May 17, 2021 04:41 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Nothing in life is free and that guy is certainly going to leave a lot of money on the table by finding his own buyer rather than allowing you to list it and stir up the competition that will lead to a much higher price for his home.

May 17, 2021 05:33 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, goodness that was an outrageous request!   Finding the buyer is only a minor portion of a transaction!  

May 17, 2021 05:55 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh brother. That's all I've got.

May 17, 2021 06:09 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

We actually had a similar statement made to us a couple of years ago. Since the seller's neighbor bought his house, he said we didn't deserve a fee. He felt hsi neighbor would have eventually found out it was for sale, and our sign didn't help! We SOLD it and we got paid for it...

May 17, 2021 08:19 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Ed! I guess if I diagnose my car problem then I should have the mechanic fix it for free to?

May 17, 2021 08:50 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Ed - well I think that Rocky's comment has said it all.  They are in la la land.

May 17, 2021 10:12 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ed- many people don"t understand how life works...that is...people don"t work for free. 

May 17, 2021 10:46 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

And even without expense or liability - he thinks you should donate your time to his cause. What a doofus.

May 17, 2021 11:12 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed if he is selling then he must be buying as well.  So it did not sound like he ask you to represnt him with his new purchase, and he wants you to sell his house for nothing.  Sounds like the type of client all Realtors live for.  😋

May 17, 2021 04:06 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Michael Jacobs   Watching from the sidelines one can get a sense of it being just too easy.

 

John Pusa   The liability doesn't go away just because someone thinks they did all the work.

May 17, 2021 04:07 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Hannah Williams   Sometimes we can dance so well that we make it look too easy.

 

Nina Hollander, Broker   There are all manner of people in the world, and some just push the wrong buttons.

May 17, 2021 04:09 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Brian England   You are right, nothing in life is free and I will have a chance to talk to him when or if the time comes.

 

Joan Cox   especially in the current market

May 17, 2021 04:11 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Kat Palmiotti   You know you would have had more to say if you still lived in New York.

 

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400   Of course not, and all the counseling you gave them in advance had to impact on the sale.

May 17, 2021 04:13 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Rocky Dickerson   Of course don't discount bringing your own eggs and bacon to the corner restaurant and expecting a free meal.

 

Grant Schneider   It takes all kinds

May 17, 2021 04:15 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Ed, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

May 18, 2021 04:05 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Kathy Streib   Very little in life comes without some cost but no one works for free.

 

Marte Cliff   And he said it with so much honesty as though it was not all that unusual.

May 18, 2021 04:28 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

George Souto   He has been looking to buy and has gotten frustrated with so little being available in the dollar range he wants to spend.  He intends to move in with a friend until the market com to his advantage.

 

Roy Kelley   Thanks for stopping

May 18, 2021 04:30 AM