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Old 08-08-2007, 12:42 PM
 
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Im trying to buy a home in the Charlotte/Pineville/Gastonia area so my lender put me with a guy who seemed pretty good, and now I'm having to jump through hoops to get my earnest money back after no one responded to my offer after a week. I originally was trying to get a home in the Greenville/Spartanburg area but my agent then was acting like a seller's agent pushing badly priced homes or sounding like the seller's agents arguments on houses I wanted to put in an offer on. Since he talked me out of every house I wanted I said to hell with it and him and the area then 30 minutes after I tell him Im looking elsewhere he comes back with a different story about how such and such seller's agent called him with a totally different take on things- basically wanting to get an offer.
I'm guessing he wanted me to put in the highest possible offer so he could make the best commission.
I have family in the business so I know everyone isn't sleazy or incompetent or whatever it is but wth is the deal with finding a good BUYER'S agent? I'm totally disgusted.

Now I feel strange about putting anymore offers out there without getting my earnest money back. I'm guessing I'm going to have to call my agent's Broker and complain then call the NC Realtors board just to get these jerks to give me my damn money back. Is this common?
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Old 08-08-2007, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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is he with a company or on his own?
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:00 PM
 
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part of a well known area agency that is part of a national RE company. But the seller who is a builder is holding the earnest money.

So far I've gone through 3 crummy agents in the past month and they all were remax, coldwell etc. And they all werent new to the industry either which is what surprised me most.
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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I absolutely despise coldwell. Worst service and attitude I have ever encountered from several agents. I used a guy I work with who does RE on the side and he was great and he is just an all around good guy.
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Area
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Hi Oyabun,

I am glad this topic was brought up because this is of course a legitimate concern for anyone buying especially out-of-state. The things that are happening to you I thought were probably uncommon?!!! That STINKS!!!!
Oh yes, keep us posted on this one!!!!!!
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:26 PM
 
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Well the earnest money check should have never been deposited IMO until the offer was accepted.
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:36 PM
 
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Tammy222,

I thought they were uncommon too. All I really need is a semi-conscious agent to show me homes that I've already picked and handle the contract, a commission for that is pretty good considering nothing spent but a little time and gasoline.

This is really a burden since we are moving from Atlanta. Luckily I don't report to anyone but my wife has been on leave from her past job since the end of June and we are staying with family in the area. I wanted to move by Sept 1 but now that seems unlikely but luckily I have another month of time to get things done that I hadn't been allocating and I can keep my things in GA past the first for a fee.
I hadn't even contacted movers yet since I wanted the home lined up first.

I think everything is resolved now which is great except I still need to find another house and another agent and movers and .............
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:36 PM
 
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Right now Real Estate Agents are hungry, even in NC. In CA they are unbelievable. I can’t even post what I think of the ones out there.
They make used care salesmen, lawyers and politicians look good. Believe me right now they are out to get the highest commission they can not the best deal for you.
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:39 PM
 
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Well the earnest money check should have never been deposited IMO until the offer was accepted.
I dont think it was. I'm headed to the builder now to get it back.

I won't be handing over my money to a seller again, builder or not and I will have to get an agent to represent me with my buyer's agent :smh:
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:44 PM
 
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Right now Real Estate Agents are hungry, even in NC. In CA they are unbelievable. I can’t even post what I think of the ones out there.
They make used care salesmen, lawyers and politicians look good. Believe me right now they are out to get the highest commission they can not the best deal for you.
I believe it. I think older more established agents are also under pressure from the glut of Real Estate seminar hacks and wouldbe Trumps. Even people that my Broker relative put me with were crummy. Even he was surprised at the treatment we got from one guy. One guy wouldn't return my calls for a week, a big deal when working on a short timeline, then called me and emailed me 10 times like I'd still do business with him.

Maybe licensing doesn't stress customer service enough.
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