Regardless of what the sign says, it’s universal in it’s meaning. Caution, Yield, Give Way…. There appears to be much written about ethics lately. I wonder if it’s a result of agents desperate for business taking on business they have no business doing.
AG Gives Answers
I have seen a few posts come across from consumers who asked about what they should do because they felt their personal representation was shoddy. They did receive some good advice from the AG crowd and hopefully, they now believe they have reached an audience of agents who care. Agents who know what they are talking about.
It’s this caring attitude which makes the difference in agents. But…….the care has to be genuine and backed by knowledge.
My client is interested in the home, so I call to see if I can gather some information from the agent. Yes, she has an offer, but it has been at the bank for over 90 days and she hasn’t spoken to the buyers agent to see if they are still interested. She tells me she is trying to get out of short sales and back into property management. The company she works for does both sales and property management. I let her know the heat is not working and the place is cold; she may want to check on it so the pipes don’t freeze. Three days later, she still has not spoken to either the bank or the buyers agent and the key is still in the mailbox. I wonder if the heat has been checked?
I submit an offer to which she responds she will send to the bank on Monday morning. But wait……the contract has not been signed by the sellers and she didn’t submit a counter. Is she just going to send the offer to the bank with no seller signature? No short sale disclosure? If so, it may be at the bank another 3 months, since the offer will most likely be relegated to the bottom of the pile. The banks do not have time for incomplete short sale packages, which includes seller signatures.
Give Way for the Client
I know it’s difficult in the current market to resist the temptation to turn away business. We have to, though, in the best interest of the people we choose to represent. Yes, I said choose! Everytime we take on a client who has a transaction which we are not qualified to do, we have chosen to misrepresent them. As professionals, we must Give Way to business for the good of our clients. Refer them out or let them know their situation is outside of your personal expertise. They will appreciate the honesty and you will ultimately be glad you did.