Ever represent a friend as their buyer's agent? Initially, you don't know what to expect but you think it should be easy considering you know the person, what they like, and their expectations; and you think they know the same about you. Then 8 months into the "business relationship" you realize it would have been better not to represent this person, but to refer them to someone else you know that is equally as reputable!!
I have a family friend/buyer (let's call her Ms.X for confidentiality purposes) whom I have know for about 5 years personally, and have been working with professionally as her agent for about 8 months (and counting). She is looking for a home for herself, her children, her future husband and his children.
Over the 3 past months we have been actively searching for and viewing homes. Even though they are both very picky individuals, they demand to see houses in which they know won't suit their needs!
- One house is too far (approx. 30 miles) from the husbands job, but she still insists on attending open houses in that same town.
- Another house the wife asks to see, even though she knows the husband won't like the backyard.
- I tell them about a great deal on a house they love, and emphasize how important it is to make a decision soon, they call back 5 days later and decide to make an offer, and are saddened when they realize the house is now pending sale.
- On the rare occasion they do find a home that meets their qualifications, they offer way below the asking price, and don't expect the seller's to counter!
- Because they are friends, if it is "after hours" they call the house phone when I don't answer my business phone.
- let's not forget to mention the 10 pm Friday evening, 8 am Saturday morning, and Sunday during church service calls!!
It is even to the point that my daughters are ready for her to finally buy a home. My 13 year old says "Ms. X calls more than dad" the 15 year old says "Gosh mom, you're showing her ANOTHER house tonight" and everyday the 23 year old says "Did she find one yet...does her husband like it...are they going to buy it?"
Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't have let this happen, but since she is a friend I put up with some of her messes, definitely not all of them. I am not one for wasting time or money!!
All I can do is laugh, keep on doing my job, and give them my best advice!!