Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: I already have a buyers' agent, but I don't like to drag her out to view houses...

I already have a buyers' agent, but I don't like to drag her out to view houses...

"I already have a buyers' agent, but I don't like to drag her out to view houses."

HUH?

This is a message I received earlier today.  This guy, as serious as could be, called to ask if I would show him a house that is over an hour away later this week, but "preferably this evening".

What?  Did I hear him correctly?  I actually played the message five times to make sure I wasn't misunderstanding it. 

Why would I show a house where I wasn't the listing agent nor the buyers' agent?  Just for kicks?

I pulled it up in the MLS, I called the listing agent and left a message for him with this guy's name and phone number.  I told him I had no inclination of calling the guy back since he has an agent, and that he was more than welcome to call him on my behalf since he was the listing agent.

Buyers, we have Buyers Agency for a reason, so you are protected and represented.  Utilize your REALTOR®.  Our job is to help you purchase a home, and if that means you have to "drag" us out to look at them, that's just part of our job. Don't go call random agents to show you houses. We have something called Procuring Cause, and if I showed you the house, you liked the house, yet you presented the offer with another agent, you're going to, more than likely, lose in the long run, as you'll be cutting me a nice check in the end.

Don't try to skirt the system...

**Are You Packed Yet?** 

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Comment balloon 32 commentsDonna Harris • November 10 2009 03:43PM

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For some reason folks do not get the fact that this is a job for us not just a hobby. I see this often , and really do not understand it

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) almost 9 years ago

Charlie, I see it often when I'm the listing agent, but for them to call someone at random who's not the listing agent makes no sense.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 9 years ago

Buyer agency education is so important. It's more than who's getting paid. It's about fiduciary duty to the seller if we are not the buyer's agent. Now, that will get their attention.

Agents who do not educate their clients do not see the importance of this issue. For whatever reason, they dont believe in themselves and perhaps think that they too are locking the clients down.

I think it's so important to spend enough time to explain Buyer agency to a real estate client, just like we spend time educating them on getting pre-qualified, etc.

It's our business to educate.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) almost 9 years ago

Hey, Donna. You have to wonder what people think sometimes. The Buyer's Agent should have done a better job with explaining agency. Take care, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Makes ME wonder if they had even been prequalified??? If the agent didn't take the time to educate them on buyer agency, most likely their are an example of business managing them vs them managing their business!

BTW - thanks for the comical post on my blog. I wondered who might do that and would have been disappointed if someone hadn't!  ***winks***

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) almost 9 years ago

Loreena, Since we have "implied agency" in Texas, it's not always about representing the seller if there isn't a buyer's agreement.  And yes, the agent should have educated him much much more.

Jim, Exactly!

Ruth, It astonishes me every time I hear agents are pre-approving their buyers before showing them properties.  Education comes right from the start!  And you're welcome!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 9 years ago

Donna

I feel that you did the right thing.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 9 years ago

I've had the same thing happen to me and did the same thing you did Donna.  It's crazy how some people just don't get it.  :) 

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 9 years ago

Implied yes, but people are not always on the same frequency unfortunately. Some consumers think the cars we drive belong to the company. Some consumers who never owned their own business never cares for self-employed people who earns something when someone buys something.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) almost 9 years ago

Well HUH and DUH! LOL.  I think this type of a thing is going around more and more these days. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

The title hooked me on this one.  I don't think consumers understand how it works.  I could swear some people think I'm paid hourly to unlock doors. 

Posted by Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate (Keller Williams Boise) almost 9 years ago

Lou, Thanks for the reinforcement.\

Jared, Hello, Mc Fly!!

Loreena, Very true.

Rita, Either lazy agent, or not-so-smart-buyer.

Brian, He isn't a first time buyer, so he should have known...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 9 years ago

That's just a clear cut case of either someone who doesn't respect what we do or someone who just needs an education as to why there's such a thing as buyer's agency.

You did the right thing here Donna.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 9 years ago

When I read the question, I had the same reaction: "Huh?"  I always thought the point of hiring a Realtor was for them to do the work for you.  Not so that you could go contacting other agents to do the work for free.  That's just silly.

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for clarifying that this is not a hobby for you and that you are serious about your role as a Realtor. Sometimes you just have to verbalize in plain English for consumers to understand.

Posted by James K Barath, CMPS, FICO Pro, Certified Military Housing Specialist (LeaderOne Financial Corp.) almost 9 years ago

Donna - I once had an agent want me to show him and his client a house that wasn't even my listing, so it's not just buyer's who don't understand how this thing called real estate works.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) almost 9 years ago

Hi Donna... I had a better one today... a buyer working with another agent who called and told me that his agent suggested he call me to show him a property because she was too busy, but she would be the one writing the contract and taking her full commission.

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 9 years ago

Speechless. Quite clearly this buyer needs some help on figuring out how a real estate transaction works. His "buyers agent" has apparently done a very poor job of that!

Denise

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) almost 9 years ago

Donna, sounds like there is a buyer's agent who is either very lazy or really bad at educating clients! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Donna, I see red flags on this one concerning safety too.....the first thing that came to mind was his urgency...I think you got  yourself out of an "unsafe" situation on a property an hour away.

Posted by Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease (RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT) almost 9 years ago

I've gotten these calls, too - it is sometimes confusing to the buyer who represents the listings. But - yes - it's funny when people don't want to 'bug' their buyer's agent - that is the whole point of being one!

Posted by Tom Thornton, Broker Associate, MBA, ABR, CRS, GREEN, GRI, SRES (Realty Austin) almost 9 years ago

Craig, I agree.

Heather, I know, right?

James, Even English doesn't make sense if the person doesn't have common sense.

Michelle, Why would the agent need you to show him? Weird!

Steve, HUh?

Denise, I agree.

Pat, Lazy...

Tracy Lee, Very true!

Tom, But even if it's confusing who the listing agent is, he still should have contacted HIS agent.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 9 years ago

Donna --- it is just amazing what people will do -- I have been in the business now for 33 years and I am constantly amazed.

                                                                                

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) almost 9 years ago

Buyers have an interesting way of working. I am not sure why they feel that our time is worth less than their time. No one else works for free so why should we?

Posted by Cara Pearlman, Realtor - ABR, SFR (Frankly Real Estate, Inc) almost 9 years ago

Donna,

Pretty amazing how some of the public perceives us and the job we do.  You went the extra mile to call the listing agent.  I would not have even made the call.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker almost 9 years ago

Liz, Things have definitely changed over 33 years I'm sure!

Cara, Exactly!  If he didn't want to bother his own agent, why is he bothering me?

Richard, I only called the listing agent because I didn't want this "buyer" to go bad-mouth me to others if he never got some kind of returned call. Kinda selfish I guess.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 9 years ago

Donna - To answer your question the agent didn't belong to the MLS or have a supra to access the property.  I told him I wasn't the listing agent and he knew that, but he still wanted me to open the door for him and his client.  Very strange.....

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) almost 9 years ago

Michelle, At least he didn't ask to borrow your access key as I've been approached for that before.  Some people...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 9 years ago

Donna,

Did he tell you who the agent was?  Is so would you have called the buyer's agent?

I think there is more to this story than they told you.

What did the listing agent say?

 

Posted by Brenda Harmon (Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas) almost 9 years ago

Brenda, If he told me who the agent was, Yes I would have called her and told her to do her job!  I didn't talk with the listing agent, only left him a message, and I have not heard from him to know what he did with the information.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 9 years ago

Thats ridiculous. Why would that guy even think its an option? Do people really think you enjoy working for free? Crazy! I think you did the right thing. I know a few agents that would not have even called back... but I agree with your method instead.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) almost 9 years ago

John, Got me...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 9 years ago

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