How much do you want to offer?? BA HAHAHAHAA!! Yeah right!!

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843

"Hello Jared.  My name is Barbara and I am a real estate investor here in Fort Wayne.  I am a cash buyer and I would like to write an offer on 1234 Main St this afternoon.  I don't need to see the inside, I know the area well, and I don't care how much work needs done.  I have my own purchase agreeement and proof of funds from my bank.  I can swing by your office around 3:00 if that works for you."

I normally don't work with investors but Barbara seemed like she knew what she was doing.  I was in the office anyway so I told her to come on in.  What a mistake that was. 

The house was a foreclosure owned by a local bank and had been on the market for a few months.  It was a little over priced at $65,000 and I told Barbara that I thought $50,000 was a good price to offer.  She gave me a weird look and dropped her purchase agreement on my desk. 

NOT ONLY did she change a ton of the wording on the purchase agreement, she wanted to offer $2,500!!!!!!!!  No, not $25,000, $2,500!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I asked her if she was smoking crack.  (Seriously, I did)  She kind of chuckled and then got really intense and said:

"I want you to present this SAME offer every day until the bank accepts my offer or sells it to somebody else.  As my Realtor you HAVE to do what I say."

My response:  "Um.  Yeah.  Barbara, this isn't going to work.  I don't have the time to waste on ridiculous offers with unrealistic "investors" (yup, I did that little quote thing with my hands and said "investors" with a lot of sarcasm)...  so let me get that door for you.  I think you should call the listing agent directly."

Barbara got a little snippy with me as she left but hey, that's okay.  My skin is think.  If you are a realistic investor looking for a good deal in Fort Wayne, give me a call.  If you just watched a late night infomercial about getting rich quick in real estate and want to waste an agent's time...  call somebody else.

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Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen with Century 21 Bradley

Amanda and Jared Christiansen are award winning Realtors with Century 21 Bradley Realty in Fort Wayne.


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Devona Garrigus
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Coldwell Banker Kivett-Teeters

The Christiansen Team - $2,500 ?! Really?! Heck, you would only make $75 on the deal if you were to get all of a 3% side! But Hey! She decided you were her REALTOR and you HAD to do what she says!!! YEA RIGHT!

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February 11, 2011 02:49 PM
Mark Peek
Peek Real Estate Group - Roseville CA Real Estate
Roseville Rocklin Real Estate - Keller Williams

Probably some real estate seminar told them you can buy properties from banks for pennies on the dollar.  This stuff usually happens in cycles

February 15, 2011 11:59 PM
DeeDee Riley
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA


Unfortunately I don't have to watch any real estate shows but maybe I should so I can see what they are actually telling people.   But $2500 on a $65000 place?  As a listing agent wouldn't you see what a $50K list price would do long before you advised your client to accept $2500? 

February 21, 2011 05:18 PM
Patricia Beck
Colorado Springs Realty
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE

Your post made me laugh, I am shocked especially about the part "you have to do what I say" Wow! The relationship is not one sided and that obviously was not a good fit!

March 30, 2011 10:09 PM
Matt Robinson
Pensacola Real Estate (850) 292-4000
ERA Emerald Coast Realty

I'm an investor, as well as a Realtor, and I typically make very low offers on my own behalf....but even I'm amazed by how ridiculous that offer was.  I won't pay more than 60-65% of value, but I think 4% might be a little optimistic. LOL!

September 15, 2011 12:45 PM

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