Things like this happen to agents too! - Posted by Vic
Posted by Vic on June 15, 2000 at 13:44:43:
Don’t think you’re alone with something like this. It happens everyday. I’d bet it’s happened to everyone on this board at one time or antoher.
I’ll give you an example of something that just recently happened to me. I found a property that I wanted to flip. I called the agent on a Fri. & told her I was making an offer on the property (I’m licensed). She said that the sellers were out of town & wouldn’t be back til Mon. Supposedly they were at a convention somewhere. Now these sellers are in their 80’s, so I can’t imagine what kind of convention they were at :).
Anyway, I knew right away that the agent was stalling. On Mon. the agent called me wanting to know where my offer was. So I wrote it & gave it to her. (no sense writing it on Fri. if she couldn’t get an answer til Mon.) Anyway, she calls me back Mon. nite & says the sellers are still out of town. They should be back Tues. though. So I told her just to let me know Tues. nite. Well, Tues nite comes & still they’re not back (I guess the agent needed more time). So I gave her til Wed. Well Wed. she calls & says the sellers rejected the offer & didn’t want to counter. I check the computer 2 days later & guess what - it’s under contract.
Now isn’t this odd. I suppose that it really could be that someone just happened to come in with an offer the next day & it got accepted, but chances are, that wasn’t the case at all. What this agent did was drag me along, probably because she had her own buyer & wanted to get the whole commission herself instead of splitting it with me. So what could I do, other than be mad? Not much, because I have no proof of anything.
My point in tellin you all this though, is that stuff like this happens all the time. When it does there’s not much you can do about it.
In this business, there are all kinds of games that are played from every angle. The longer you’re in it the more you will see.
I don’t think any games were played in your situation though. If they were played though, it would have been with the listing agent & the agent who bought the house. Seems to me that if nothing else, the listing agent could have at least said there was another offer & asked you if you wanted to change your offer any. But since they didn’t do this there’s not much you can do about it. Your agent did nothing wrong as far as I can tell.
As far as reporting the agents, I totally agree with Eduardo, it would be a waste of your time. If anything wrong was indeed done, it would be very difficult to prove. Best just to forget about it & chalk it up to experience.