Dear Mr Negotiator...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with eXp Realty BR562939000

Dear Mr. Negotiator,

It was a pleasure working with you recently.  I enjoyed our conversations and our exciting games of phone tag.  It was so much fun anticipating whether or not you would accept the offer that the Buyer brought to your bank.  We had such spirited conversations as I tried to explain the values of the neighboring homes and how much repair work was needed for the home being sold.

If you remember, throughout our relationship I spent hours trying to satisfy your demands.  I took photographs and sent them to you and filled out all the paperwork you requested.  I even managed to get the buyer to come up $2500 on an offer that really was above market value to begin with.  I bent over backwards trying to please you.  I really thought we had something together, but in the end you rejected me.

"Not enough" were your exact words if I remember correctly.  Market value is market value, Darling.  I can't believe you don't see that!!  I was on the MLS today and I saw that you've listed your home with another agent, and at a cheaper price.  The offer I presented you with was $137,500, but you are now offering your wares to the public at $125,000.  That is so sad.  To think you could have had so much more with me!!  You could have avoided foreclosure costs but you would have none of it.  If you must be stubborn, then go ahead and pay the price.

Quite frankly, I too have moved on.  I found another negotiator who works as a partner with me.  He listens to what I say about market value and seems to have a good head on his shoulders.  Does he give me everything I want?  No, but he is kind and knows how to compromise.  He is very reasonable too.  In fact, we closed our first deal together today and you know what?  We BOTH got paid.  Isn't that how a good relationship is supposed to be?

I do wish you the best with your new agent.  I know she won't get you as good a deal as I was offering, but then again, some guys don't know what they had until they lose it. 

I'll see you around...

Your Realtor

Posted by

Robin Siddle

Comments (13)

Robin Evans
Coldwell Banker Advantage - Cary, NC
Building relationships while getting results.

Robin, Wonderfully written letter.  Isn't there a real estate saying out there, "the first offer is usually the best"?  Guess Mr. Negoiator has never heard that saying before.  Too bad for him.  So glad that you found Mr. Right. 

Jan 30, 2009 11:43 AM
Justin Ukaoma
Vizion KC - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate Investments

Great Letter.  I hope the intended party gets to take a look at this.

Jan 30, 2009 11:55 AM
Keisha Hosea-
KASI Homes - Chino Hills, CA
Real Estate Solutions For Real People

Great way to creatively vent the frustrations that sometimes accompany a short sale.

Jan 30, 2009 12:17 PM
Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Berkshire Hathaway HS Robert Paul Prop

Sometimes I think they are better called No-gotiators or Negative-gotiators.  Go figure.

Jan 30, 2009 12:20 PM
Roseann Annis
Prudential Homesale Services Group - Camp Hill, PA

Robin, what a wonderful tongue-in-check e-mail!  It's unfortunate that you had to experience the fickle, short-sighted ways of Mr. Negotiator who is probably still waiting for an offer on the property.  Thank goodness you moved on as a wiser, stronger person!  (There are really other fish in the sea, aren't there?)  Ha! Ha!

Jan 30, 2009 12:22 PM
Robin Willis
eXp Realty - Tucson, AZ
CDPE, SRES, Associate Broker

Roseann - This guy was a big fish in a small pond.  I found me a bigger fish in a much bigger pond.  LOL

Heath - This is actually the first one I've lost to foreclosure as a listing agent, although I've experienced this same situation as a buyer's agent as well.

Jan 30, 2009 12:28 PM
Simon Mills
Mills Realty - Toluca Lake, CA

I've been dealing with short sales over the last 12-months and getting a good negotiator makes all the difference.  i'm going to write a post tomorrow on one that is currently going on.  The bank after 6-months actually had me go back to the buyer to get him to write a LOWER offer becasue the house will no longer appraise at the offering price!

Jan 30, 2009 12:34 PM
Robin Willis
eXp Realty - Tucson, AZ
CDPE, SRES, Associate Broker

Simon - That is truly amazing!  The banks do lose a lot when they drag their feet.  I've started to notice some of the bigger banks starting to get the picture, though.  Are Bigger Banks Starting to "Get It"?

Jan 30, 2009 12:51 PM
Corry Shadle
Magnolia Realty Services - Elizabethville, PA

Great Letter These negotiator think they know evrything about real estate

Jan 30, 2009 01:54 PM
J. Philip Faranda
Howard Hanna Rand Realty - Yorktown Heights, NY
Associate Broker / Office Manager

That was an awsome breakup letters. I really wish I could speak in person with the geniuses who think they know value when the damn things goes to REO. We are always vindicated, but not paid and we can't tell them so.

Jan 31, 2009 08:43 AM
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Hi Robin - Professional agents are always welcome!  When two agents, working on behalf of their clients, work in harmony to get a deal closed good things usually happen.  We experience "Win/Win" and everyone makes out.  Way too often the scenario you described takes place.  An offer is rejected, the home does not sell for a long time, and when it does the sell prices is often lower than the original offer.

Feb 01, 2009 10:25 PM
Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

LOL. I love this. It is amazing what a hard head some folks have. I see it everyday.

Feb 02, 2009 04:33 AM
Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People

Amen, Robin - I hope that many negotiators & loss mitigation people got a good look at this letter.

Apr 18, 2009 03:03 PM