Lisa and Jim's Northern Nevada Real Estate Blog: I Genuinely Enjoy Working With Professional Agents Who Know The Right Thing To Do ... And ... Do It!

I Genuinely Enjoy Working With Professional Agents Who Know The Right Thing To Do ... And ... Do It!

I Genuinely Enjoy Working With Professional Agents Who Know The Right Thing To Do ... And ... Do It!

There is a great agent in our local community, Ashley, who works down the road at another office.  She not brand new, been selling a couple three years!  I've sort of watched her here and there, I was always impressed at how she worked and how she handled herself!

Recently she showed a listing that we had in a very popular family neighborhood.  The house was a little gem, bought by an investor at foreclosure.  The prior owner maintained the house until the very end and it was really priced to sell!

Ashley showed it twice in a couple of days and really seemed to have an interested party.  I fully expected to have an offer from her at any moment. 

After her second showing she called to say would be meeting them to work up and offer!   


About an hour later she called again.  The buyer,it seemed, wanted to write an extremely low ball offer that Ashley said she just could not bring herself to do. 

She said, "I showed them comps, I told them what the market was, I explained why this was such a great buy!  I told them I just could not bring myself to write such a pitifully low offer,  it would be wasting my time and yours."

Well ... Boo Hoo! ... no offer!  

On the other hand!   Congratulations to the agent who has the fortitude to stick by her guns ... her professional conviction ... and not let a "Buyer" drag her around like a whipped pup!

PS   The house is now in escrow at very near full price!


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Comment balloon 11 commentsLisa Wetzel • July 10 2009 12:10AM


Lets hear it for the Great Agents inNorthern Nevada and everywhere!  Thanks for the great post!

Posted by Jessie Wetzel (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 11 years ago

I too love working with professionals. What I don't understand is why some feel the need to be unprofessional?

Posted by Christina Cavins, Search Ohio Homes For Sale (Irongate Inc. REALTORS) almost 11 years ago

Jessie - Thanks!  There are many wonderful agent s in our market!

Christina - Some agents are desperate!  Too Bad!  They don't need to be that way!

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 11 years ago

Great to hear a confirmation of competent agents out there.

I run across so many dinks that make everyone's life difficult that it's nice to hear that.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) almost 11 years ago

I love working with the listing agents that are so professional, they want my clients to see their property and offer to show it without me present if I have a conflict and cannot be there, they then offer to have me stop by at another time that is convenient for me. That is true cooperation by a professional Realtor.

Posted by Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett, Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR ((FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) ) almost 11 years ago

Love to hear those stories. . .I just had an offer for one of my listings 75% OFF asking price. .I called the lady and announced that the owner is rejecting her offer. . then I asked her. How many of these offers do you write a day? . . are you working with an investor? and she says. . a few a day and he just tells me where to write a I just send it for him. . .I asked her then, did you actually showed him the property?

She (hesitantly ) says, no. .he just drove by. . 

Incredulously, I said  goodbye and hanged up

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) almost 11 years ago

That is refreshing and odd. I would have also not have written it. Why waste time money escrow fax ETC to have a offer not even looked at?

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) almost 11 years ago

Ralph - I understand, I certainly agree.

Lathleen - I have written offers for other agetns and had other agetns even write offers for my.  It's noce when we can coooerate and help each other.

Frenando - I kind of think this was the case with this buyer.  I should ask her sometime if she ever sold him anything.

Laura - Exactly.

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 11 years ago

Lisa - Nice to hear about positive professionalism.  We all know that there are occasions when a low offer can be the right offer ... and vice versa.  In this case Ashley got it right.  Kudos to her and you.

Posted by Jim Valentine (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 11 years ago

I don't ever feel like a whipped pup because my buyer clients want to write a lower than expected offer, even when they have been given the last 90 days of comparable sales.

The buyers are my clients.  If they want me to submit a low offer for them then that is what I am going to do. I work for them.   

Also, you'd be surprised at how many of those "That'll never work!" offers go through, or have gentle counters.

I am a professional real estate agent.  To insinuate that someone isn't because they bring an extremely low offer to the seller is rather insulting.

The only insult to a seller and their agent should be no offers.

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) almost 11 years ago

Kris - I agree with you and applaud your efforts.  And, yes, it is our duty to represent our customers and present what they want to offer. 

What I, and I believe others that commented on this blog were referring to, are those unscrupulous individuals who abuse agents and try to use them as a license to steal. 

I wasn't insinuating that you 0rany other agent that writes a low offer isn't professional ... quite the contrary.  Sometimes a low offer is needed and appreciated.  I was referring to a completely different situation.

Thanks for the interest and the comment!

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 11 years ago