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Old 03-26-2007, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Mass.
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my friend came to my first open house to find my realtor showcasing other homes he is selling!!! my listing sheet was no where to be found!!1

any horror stories??
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Old 03-26-2007, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Mass.
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are all the people here realtors?? why then, no horror stories??
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:02 PM
 
Location: 4222'55.2"N 7124'46.8"W
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no replies because this post is kinda off topic. i've only used a realtor once to sell my home in atlanta last summer. good experience though. got 3 offers -- 1 above asking -- on the first weekend. quick and painless.
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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I was set to sign the paperwork to put my house into escrow a week before the buyer's closing. Was doing this since a) I was in town for the weekend b) we had already mostly moved and c) in case the closing date changed and I couldn't make it down. My agent showed up 15 minutes late to my 4pm Friday appointment to sign, and told me we were signing a preoccupancy agreement and the buyer was taking possession a week early and she had already lined up movers for Saturday AM. This was just the tail end of a very painful process with him (like forwarding my emails directly to the buyer's agent, advertising we were giving back closing costs when we never agreed to it, etc). So, so disappointed.

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Old 03-27-2007, 09:19 PM
 
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I used to be an agent and one of the first few homes I showed I set off the alarm and 5 cop cars showed up, neighbors were all watching, quite embarrasing. No one told me about the alarm, atleast it was my parents I was showing the home to.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:33 PM
 
Location: central California
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I was set to sign the paperwork to put my house into escrow a week before the buyer's closing. Was doing this since a) I was in town for the weekend b) we had already mostly moved and c) in case the closing date changed and I couldn't make it down. My agent showed up 15 minutes late to my 4pm Friday appointment to sign, and told me we were signing a preoccupancy agreement and the buyer was taking possession a week early and she had already lined up movers for Saturday AM. This was just the tail end of a very painful process with him (like forwarding my emails directly to the buyer's agent, advertising we were giving back closing costs when we never agreed to it, etc). So, so disappointed.
I am an agent, and I'm appalled! Agents are supposed to get every item agreed to and signed in an addendum with signatures from all principles! You had the option to report this agent's actions. H/She has no right to make these kinds of decisions without your knowledge and consent. I hope it all worked out ok, but what a nightmare!
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:43 PM
 
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as I've mentioned in other threads here and ohers have agreed ...

an "open house" is not for the seller's benefit.

it's for the agents benefit.

I, too, have been at the spot where a listing agent used my house to showpiece other lisitings in the area. Hey, folks ... here's what $x can buy in move in condition. But, for $x + a few thousand more, look at this place I've also got listed down the street or in the next neighborhood over. A trivial difference in price, but the agent wasn't selling my house ... he was working for himself.

Another angle to this, when I was working part-time in Denver as an agent.
I had another agent in the office ask me to host his "open house" on his own property/listing. I was a brand new licensee, didn't know squat and probably couldn't have been of much help to anybody who came to see the house except to take their contact information. Which any secretary could have done, except that they'd need a RE license to do the showing.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Thumbs down That's Awful!!

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I was set to sign the paperwork to put my house into escrow a week before the buyer's closing. Was doing this since a) I was in town for the weekend b) we had already mostly moved and c) in case the closing date changed and I couldn't make it down. My agent showed up 15 minutes late to my 4pm Friday appointment to sign, and told me we were signing a preoccupancy agreement and the buyer was taking possession a week early and she had already lined up movers for Saturday AM. This was just the tail end of a very painful process with him (like forwarding my emails directly to the buyer's agent, advertising we were giving back closing costs when we never agreed to it, etc). So, so disappointed.
Don't know how long ago all this happened. But if it's within the year, I'd call the State Department of Real Estate (you might need to start with your local board of realtors) and report ethics violations. Provided your agent was a REALTOR (member of National Assoc of Realtors), then you do have recourse. He violated a number of ethical standards. Ethical agents don't like those kind of agents, either. They hurt the reputations of all of us!
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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Don't know how long ago all this happened. But if it's within the year, I'd call the State Department of Real Estate (you might need to start with your local board of realtors) and report ethics violations. Provided your agent was a REALTOR (member of National Assoc of Realtors), then you do have recourse. He violated a number of ethical standards. Ethical agents don't like those kind of agents, either. They hurt the reputations of all of us!
Feb 23, 2007. I was actually planning on writting a letter to someone, but after spending 4 or 5 days fuming over it, I wanted to forget about it. Maybe now that I am calmed down (as far as anger) I will be able to compose something reasonable.
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Old 03-29-2007, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Mass.
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my realtor hasn't talked to us in weeks... we refused an offer that was 110,000 lower than our asking price... i think he is mad that we basically laughed....
he told us they could go up about another 15,000... still 95,000 under what our house is on for... we wondered why is he wasting our time showing the house to someone who can no way afford it?? please, realtors, tell my why he would do this... it takes a lot to keep the house clean and get 5 kids and a dog out... this makes me soooo mad....
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