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12th-Jul-2011 01:14 am
Lisa Crazy
Poll #1761073 Realtor Confusion

So, we found a realtor to help us shop for our first home. After the first time we met, he dropped off the face of the earth. Wouldn't return our calls or answer e-mails, nothing. He hadn't let us know he was going anywhere or anything and we thought we might have put him off with our smaller than his usual client budget. So, after a week, wanting to really get in to see some homes before they got a contract on them, we contacted someone new. She is now our realtor. Well, tonight I finally here from the first person who apologized and said he was on vacation. Should we:

G back to the first guy
3(5.1%)
Stick with the new lady
56(94.9%)
Comments 
12th-Jul-2011 06:30 am (UTC)
Easy question. If the first realtor couldn't be bothered to let you know ahead of time that he was going on vacation, how can you trust him to keep you properly in-the-loop going forward?
12th-Jul-2011 06:45 am (UTC)
+1

It's just common sense in the professional world to let your clients know how long you'll be away. Barring emergencies, of course, but even then, you shouldn't have to wait a whole week to find out. When it's your money and possible new home at stake, your time matters.
12th-Jul-2011 07:34 am (UTC)
This, exactly. He snoozes he loses. You're his client, he needs to impressing you; his behavior thus far is not professional.
12th-Jul-2011 11:57 am (UTC)
This.
12th-Jul-2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
Precisely this. That's just incredibly poor business right there.
12th-Jul-2011 07:41 am (UTC)
He should have told you before, not after. Unprofessional, and also rude.
12th-Jul-2011 08:14 am (UTC)
Serious realtors seriously want your commission enough to let you know they're going on vacation in advance. If he can't bothered to tell you he's leaving for a couple of weeks, what else isn't he going to tell you when he's trying to sell you a six-figure home?
12th-Jul-2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
You didn't sign a contract with the first guy did you? I wouldn't want him to represent me if he's going to disappear like that. What if he does it when you're in the middle of negotiations or at the closing table??
12th-Jul-2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
No contract, nothing signed at all.
12th-Jul-2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Bye-bye, guy, I say! :)
12th-Jul-2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Bottom line is that he should have changed his voicemail message or created an email auto-reply or both.
12th-Jul-2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
I'd go with whomever you like better.

I don't know the full story, so I don't want to write decisively that his disappearing act was unprofessional, but it sounds that way, and it's not exactly a mark in his favor. But I'm suggesting that you not treat as a litmus test. Good relationships can have a rocky start, and I'm assuming there's a reason why he was your first choice. Of course, if you're now working with the new realtor and things are going really well, there's no reason to switch.
12th-Jul-2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
If there had been an emergency or something, it would be more understandable, but if his best reason for disappearing was he was on vacation...? No, he should have told you first. Would really make me worry about how professional he is, and if he would pull anything else like that... I'd stick with the new person.
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