Sometimes I hear stories that just leave me wondering.
A listing agent met a Co-broker and her clients at her listing to do a showing. During the showing it was readily apparent that the home did not meet the buyers needs.
While standing in the kitchen talking about the home the listing agent mentioned another listing that she had just listed. One that she thought would better suit the buyers.The home was in excellent condition was priced competitively and had everything the buyers seemed to be looking for. She suggested that they go take a look at it as it was easy to show.
Still standing in the kitchen they talked further about the amenities that the new listing had and agreed to go look at it. Using her cell phone the listing agent phoned the other seller and set up an appointment. Careful to turn all the lights off and lock all the doors before leaving she told the co-broker to go ahead out, that she would meet them at the other property.
Later in the day the listing agent got a call from her seller. The owner of the home that she had showed to the Co-broker when she told them about her new listing.
The seller was furious, so furious that she had to take a few hours to calm down before she could call the agent… she was just so mad!
How dare the agent who the seller hired to sell their home try and sell another home instead? Didn’t the agent have an obligation to them? Wasn’t she hired to sell their home? How can she stand in their kitchen talking about someone else’s home…trying to sell that home instead of theirs? What are the sellers paying her for? Where did she learn her real estate sales skills? And on and on and on. The home owner was absolutely furious and fired the agent on the spot!
Turns out the home owner has a small baby and the house had a built in baby monitoring system. During the showing the home owner went next door and somehow had the monitor in her diaper bag. The kitchen wall monitor was left on and the seller could hear every word spoken. I don’t know the first thing about those monitors, they didn’t have them when my kids were little but they apparently work pretty well!
You think you’re alone …but are you really? I know of another situation where the seller felt uncomfortable during showings for what ever reason and installed a video camera…I call it a REALTOR Cam instead of a Nanny Cam…and got an eyeful and an earful.
What do you do when you think you’re all alone in a home? Can you be sure you really are alone?