Listing Agents vs Buyer Brokers is alive and well

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

IS IT POSSIBLE? Multiple offers, long lines at open houses and waived home inspections are back? They sure are in Manchester New Hampshire. What else is here is the old rivalry of Listing Agents and Buyer Agents. Is rivalry the right word? Some say battle while others say game. 


Lets start by saying How hard is it for a Listing Agent to acknowledge they received an offer and let the Buyer agent know?


On the flip side, How hard is it for a Buyer agent to send in a complete offer written correctly?


Lets start with why I am asking. Most often I am on the Seller Side Listing and Selling Homes. Acknowledging an offer is a must for me. It is common courtesy. Providing Great Service is a must for me no matter what I am doing. So when a person Lists with me, I always help them find a new home as well. Writing the last couple offfers, I am seeing what i hear so often. How poorly some Listing Agents treat Buyer Agents. I can not fathom a Listing Agent not acknowledging receiving an offer. One Listing agent who i had sent several emails, made several calls and texts to never answered us. I see him though, on Facebook many times a day posting his adventures or self promotion. So busy, he just cant seem to get back to buyer agents i guess. That is not really helping his seller. More offers are better than less offers for a seller. 


On the flip side again wearing my Listing Agent hat, We had highest and best offers submitted by a date and time. A couple of my favorite offers as one had the sales price blank, the buyer agent asked me to fill in what the seller would take. I acknowledged receiving it and after speaking to my seller, we both stated we were uncomfortable doing that. Especially seeing they wanted a fha mortgage and the appraiser would not allow a price offer market value. Then there was the offer without a pre qual even. Another with a home sale contingency but the home not even on the market. The topping on the cake was an offer written with so many spelling mistakes and a a ring from their afternoon coffee in the middle of the paper.  The the clincher was the offer submitted a day after we accepted offers as teh buyer agent was too busy to  write an offer for her buyer. 


A lot of agents were not trained to get along with other agents. They do not realize the importance and value it adds to their buyers or sellers. Technology is great, but there is a human part to real estate too. 






THE MORAL OF THE STORY is that most Buyers and Sellers d not see what goes on behind the scene. The warning signs are there though. They should know that 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.


One of 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. Experience matters.




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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 37 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 (12)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - real estate is not easy.  Not for buyers.  Or sellers.  And industry practitioners also experience it as well even though they may not be participating in the same way.  

Jun 26, 2023 04:09 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Scott- good to see you here!!!  The point that you always make, which is a good one, is that not all agents are alike. Find the very best local agent you can when listing or buying a home. 

Jun 26, 2023 05:00 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Scott you bring up excellent points on what many of us pros  have known and practiced for years. It makes logical sense. 

Featured in BananaTude

Jun 26, 2023 05:36 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I remember thinking that listing agents felt more secure because they have a contract with the seller.  Buyer agents have no such contract with buyers until a sales contract is in place.  I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of agents representing both buyers and sellers.  A lack of professionalism and skill can create issues in any transaction.

Jun 26, 2023 08:37 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Scott, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 26, 2023 08:39 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Scott it annoys me to no extent the unprofessional lack of proper filling out of documents.... I have one buyer's agent that submitted an Offer let me say if I was grading a D-  and then I had to correct it in a counter offer.... etc etc.... you understand. this land she has been working on with me since middle of May I hope someone else comes in and then I do not have to work with her any more, Endre

Jun 26, 2023 09:37 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow, reading about the offers you got had me shaking my head. Offers should always be complete with proof of funds or pre-approval as appropriate and submitted before any deadline. That's always the case, but ESPECIALLY with multiple offers. Geez.

Jun 27, 2023 06:23 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Scott Godzyk I can relate to the lack of professionalism and incompetence you share here. No telling what runs through the minds of agents who do not respond or provide basic common courtesy, which apparently is not so common these days. 

Jun 27, 2023 08:29 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services



Mr. Crappy Says

Flush the Blank Offers





Jun 27, 2023 08:33 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Scott. It is so easy to get licensed, many never absorb the importance of competency and professionalism. So true now-a-days! Enjoy your day.

Jul 01, 2023 05:40 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I just got a property under contract as a buyer agent - the listing agent insisted that we do the inspections within 3 days so she would know if we were in or out before the open house opportunity on Sunday.  She never changed the status of the listing in the MLS - leaving it as active until I called her out on it Sunday.  She said she was still doing the open house because it was advertised.... this is not a new agent - just an nasty one. 

Jul 10, 2023 06:36 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Jul 10, 2023 07:37 AM