Last week I received a call from a buyer who wanted to see a home for sale. He was nice enough, and he had many questions about this home. The listing wasn't mine, but of course I said I'd show him the house after I researched the back-end details of the sale.
The listing was new and showings weren't available for a few days so I took the opportunity to do as much homework as I could. Through the process I spoke with the buyer many times. Every time we talked he was polite and appreciative.
And so came the day to view the house and I prepped myself and arrived at the home a few minutes early. A few minutes before our agreed meeting time a car pulled up. I obviously assumed it was the buyer I had never met. I stepped from my car and met the man as he got out of his. I greeted him with the name I had and he suprising said "No, I am so and so, but I'm here to meet him."
I was initially shocked, but then asked why he was there to meet the buyer. He replied he was a real estate agent and had an appointment with him. In fact, he AND his wife, also an agent had an appointment. I bent down and realized this agent's wife was also in the car.
I was confused or pissed, but probably a lot a both. I knew what was happening, but I needed to hear it from the buyer himself. He had yet to show, so I pulled out my cell phone and called him right there in front of God and everyone.
When he answered he said he would be there in a few minutes. I asked if he knew the other agents were coming as well. Honestly, I had hoped he would say 'No' and that it was some stupid mix up that everyone would get a laugh out of after things were worked out. Unfortunately he said "Yeah, I know!"
He then went into a sad explanation of how "it made sense that more was better when it came to real estate agents and how we make too much on deals anyways and we could split the commissions."
Unfortunately I found myself arguing the situation. While I was caught up in the madness I noticed the husband and wife team doing their best to keep out of the argument. It was apparent they still were willing to put up with this buyer.
I stopped myself. I calmed myself. I then told the buyer "good luck and to treat the other agents well, but I didn't want to work with him anymore and goodbye."
He was speechless, and I was outta there.
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