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Old 10-06-2010, 11:27 AM
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Our house is for sale - we had an offer. Our agent sent a curt e-mail to buyer's agent and said was ok to forward to buyer. We've since lost the buyer... My husband and I would like to work this out, and have asked our agent to contact buyers agent. He said he did, but buyer will be back in town in Nov. and will maybe look at our house again.

I'm very confused as to what's going on - can I call the buyer's agent directly and talk to her, we'd REALLY like to come to terms and sell the house.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:37 AM
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Location: South Metro Denver for 25 years
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You have probably agreed to conduct all negotiations with your agent. Why would your agent send a "curt" email?

There are no rules about contacting the buyer. You may have their address on the offer. You could also direct your agent to write an offer, you sign and then ask the buyer's agent to present it.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:52 AM
Location: NJ
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Sounds like maybe you need to contact your agent's boss.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:54 AM
Location: Boise, ID
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It depends. In my area, if buyer and seller both have agents, the agents can get in BIG trouble for talking to the opposite client directly without specific permission from that clients agent. So the conversation usually lasts about 10 seconds and is just the agent telling the opposite client to go through their agent.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:14 PM
Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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If I represented a buyer and the seller called me directly, I would politely ask them to talk with their agent and pretty much refuse to have a conversation with them. I would then call the sellers agent and let them know that the seller had called me directly. I believe that this would be the proper course to follow and is addressed in the Realtor code of ethics.
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:51 AM
Location: Austin
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Technically, yes, a buyer or seller can contact the other side. However, their own agent cannot suggest or recommend it and they probably prefer you not. The other agent shouldn't really talk with you, but if you made the initial contact, it would be rude of them to hang up. KEEP IN MIND that the buyer's agent will use everything you say against you and you might be looking at an even worse situation. You're about to put all your cards on the table. Do you really want to do that?
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