I'm flummoxed. Perhaps I naively hold the belief that a receiving a commission inherently implies that that the job for which you are paid is actually conducted. Call me crazy.
I received several phone calls on my listings this week that caught me by suprise. I will share the two common themes of those conversations.
#1: "I would like you to arrange a time for you to meet me and my buyers at your listing." When I respond "The home is vacant and has a lock box so you can arrange to visit the property any time that works for your schedules." I am told "I only about sell one house a year as a favor to my friends and family so I don't have a lock-box key."
In the big scheme of things, scheduling an hour to have my listing viewed isn't a problem since I was hired to get the home sold. But think of the big picture. I think it is safe to assume that this Agent has a full-time job outside of selling real estate. What if, best case, the potential buyers LOVE the home? Will he then expect me to be "on call" for the buyer's home, pest, chimney and/or roof inspector?
#2 from Realtors who work anywhere from 80 - 400 miles away: "My clients want to write an offer on your listing at [address] but I'm not a member of your Multiple Service. Could you please send me a copy of the MLS printout, the comparables you used to price the house and your Agent Visual Inspection Disclosure so I can review the conditon of the home?"
Is this Realtor providing top notch (or even average) service to his buyers? What if I was bad at my job and provided old comparables substantiating a higher-than-current market price? What if I did a poor job completing my Visual Inspection? This out-of-area Realtor has no idea about my professional standard of conduct!
The question again arises as to who will meet with the buyer's home, pest, chinmey, roof, sewer inspector? Since I make it a business practice to avoid double-ending my listings, I sure the heck DON'T want to create ostensible agency by attending them in lieu of their out-of-area Realtor. In short, it appears this Realtor anticipates receiving a full commission just for writing an offer.
Wouldn't these buyers be better served by a referral to a local, full-time, professional Realtor who knows the area, can research the price, can personally view the home and can schedule and be present at all of the buyer's desired inspections?