Should the Home Buyer ever speak to the Home Seller ALONE?

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

You have the right to remain silent. Let me tell you WHY. See.. a Home Buyer was interested in a Manchester NH Home For Sale. They took a ride by where the seller was out cleaning up the leaves. They stopped to talk. They asked questions and the seller talked, and talked and talked some more.  

 

The next day the Buyer agent sent over an offer from their buyer. The listing agent took one look at it and wondered what the heck they were asking for all this stuff for. Replacing a bathroom. Painting the upstairs. Moving in a week before closing? 

 

A call to the seller and things started to explain themselves. In their finer judgement, the seller spoke to the buyer about taking the home off the market if it did not go under agreement by Christmas. That they would complete a couple of upgrades and increase the price of the home putting it back on the market after New Years. The buyer wanted the home now, except they also want all those upgrades at no extra price increase. Then came move in? Well the seller said "IF" they sell the home now, they probably would move out a week before Christmas to set up their new place for Christmas. 

 

On the "probably" the buyer wants to move in a week early too. I called the buyer agent to explain what went on. They had no clue they even met and apologized.  The seller refused to accept this offer. As luck would have it, 2 other offers came in to pressure the buyer back to reality. This buyer though was higher, the seller liked them, but they were asking for too much.. So how much would the work cost? The seller got a price and we countered full price plus the cost of the repairs. There will be no moving in early, but why not close a week early? The buyer was happy. The seller was happy and a deal was agreed to. 

 

 

 

THE MORAL OF THE STORY is that the buyer should not have approached the seller without an appointment. That the seller knew better than to talk to a buyer without their agent present. Misunderstandings can happen easily. It took patience and some thought to get this to work. in the end, the most important thing in Real Estate for me is provide GREAT SERVICE. I want to stand out from the crowd. My philosophy is simple. To provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the selling and buying process.

 

All agents are not created equal and every consumer should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest agent. Let me show you there is a difference. Please Support locally owned and operated business.

 

Locally owned and operated since 1985.

 

 

To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 35 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 

 

    

 

 

Comments (24)

Victoria Ray Henderson
The Buyer Brokerage - McLean, VA
Washington DC Real Estate

Yikes! that sounds like a real mess and it's best they went their separate ways. The seller thought he was just chatting and had no idea every word was being measured to be used against him.

Not very nice on the part of the potential buyers but their plan backfired. I'm glad it worked out for the best. Have a wonderful holiday!

Nov 23, 2021 02:16 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have a memory of a situation nearly identical to what you describe in this post, Scott.  Fortunately, an offer from another buyer, who hadn't spoken with the seller came in shortly thereafter, and it was full price without the Christmas wish list!

Nov 23, 2021 07:41 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

 I see both sides quite a bit. It helps to just be discerning and  study up a bill and know what you want

Nov 23, 2021 10:01 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Myrl Jeffcoat that's quite the miraculous occurrence do you have right there! Hoping you get more of them. Who doesn't like unexpected Christmas presents

Nov 23, 2021 10:04 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
federalfinanciallawgroup.com - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D
Very few good things happen when the buyer & seller meet absent respective agents … glad it worked out in the end
Nov 23, 2021 11:18 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I always give the Sellers a stack of cards and tell them if a Buyer comes with out an agent give them a card send them away and tell them that's why they hired me.

Nov 24, 2021 03:47 AM
Marie Story
Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami) - Pinecrest, FL
Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist

Heck NO!!! The moment I read the title of this post...my hair stood up on end! 😲

Nov 24, 2021 07:22 AM
Matthew O'Hare
Osterville, MA

It amazes me that people simply don't understand how agency helps them. So many people puffed up with their own hubris think that they can "do it better" than the actual professionals. Smh

Nov 25, 2021 05:14 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Despite always telling my sellers to watch out for this, this seller loved to talk more than listen Michael Jacobs 

Nov 25, 2021 05:14 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is a great lesson Kat Palmiotti and why i had to share it.

Nov 25, 2021 05:15 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Thank you Will Hamm 

Nov 25, 2021 05:16 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Yes it goes back to one of the oldest sayings Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

Nov 25, 2021 05:16 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Thank you for the comment Victoria Ray Henderson 

Nov 25, 2021 05:17 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is a shame you have to woner if soeone is nice or if they have alterior motives Myrl Jeffcoat 

Nov 25, 2021 05:18 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Yes Laura Cerrano it does happen more often and i like to warn my sellers ahead

Nov 25, 2021 05:19 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Exactly Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD 

Nov 25, 2021 05:19 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I do the same Buzz Mackintosh but some sellers forget our little talk

Nov 25, 2021 05:20 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It sure makes things harder than they needed to be Marie Story 

Nov 25, 2021 05:21 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I feel the sak-me Matthew O'Hare 

Nov 25, 2021 05:22 AM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

We have this happen on occassion and usually it does not end well for the buyer.  However if they are going to talk...and we always discourage it in most cases...I would rather it happen before it is under contract rather than after.

Nov 26, 2021 10:18 AM