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A Service to Write up Your Offers

Are agents really getting this lazy?  I just received an email from a lady who started a new service where you can call in and register your buyer and when you're ready to write up an offer, you call them and they write it for you and send it to your buyer to sign.  They do offer you the opportunity to fill out a blank contract first so they'll have all your stock information and typical wording in the Special Provisions section, but besides that, you just go blank by blank in the contract and they fill it out for you.
Gimme a break!  How lazy are agents these days!  It would take me longer to go over each and every blank in the contract with someone than it would for me to pull up the contract and addendums myself and hit the tab key going from blank to blank.
I laughed at the fees.  It's $25 for the one-time set up fee per agent.  And then it's a $10 fee plus $1 per page for the offer to be written.  A typical offer is 8 pages for the main contract, 2 pages for the financing, 1 page for the lead based paint, 1 page for the home owner's association page, and various other addendum depending on the house like lease backs and contigent upon sale of another property.  With a typical offer, that would equal $22 for someone else to write the offer for you...
Comment balloon 7 commentsDonna Harris • November 01 2006 08:28PM


There are actually Realtors in my area that I wish would use this service. Maybe then I could actually read the contract:)
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 14 years ago
And who is responible for mistakes? Who is liable? Seriously, why take chances.
Posted by Dena Stevens Coriz, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) about 14 years ago
Mistakes and liability were the first words my husband asked about when I told him about the email... then he said I was just snitty because I didn't think of that business opportunity first...
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 14 years ago

At that rate, why not use WinForms or MBA forms so the document are clean and you can always edit the information if need be and if you are a RELAY user, you can sync the document directly into the transaction.

Seems a bit much but I suppose it is the price of convenience. Is it being lazy. Oh yes. But, I can think of many agents that need to transfer the pen from between the toes to a computerized format.


Posted by Carolyn Nelson, Your Triangle to Triad Real Estate Expert! (Realty One Carolina, LLC) about 14 years ago
As part of our pre-offer package that we put in the MLS and on our property websites, we include a partially filled out offer, typed online, so that the sellers' names, legal description, personal property conveyed, etc. is already on the offer and correct. The agent just has to fill in the buyers names, details of the offered price, and the closing date.  Can't be much more simple.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 14 years ago
Seriously, how do you work this computer??? I probably can hit the tab key as well as anyone.  By the time you convey all the information it would be simpler to do it yourself.  I love Sharons comment.  Do you add that as a link Sharon, or is it directly on the page?  Have you ever had nonagents fill it out?
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) about 14 years ago

i get contracts that are so mangled and unreadable.... that i too wish that 'some' realtors would use this.


Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) almost 14 years ago