Do agents really want to sell houses?
Its a buyerÂs market, right? IÂm a middle-aged buyer, non-contingent, excellent credit score. So why arenÂt agents falling over themselves to help me?
1. Send a detailed e-mail to an agent duo, describing my situation in detail, saying I,m coming into town in five days and want to view house X that I have found during hours of internet searches, and possibly house Y. Agent 1 of the duo responds, not immediately, but she calls and we have a nice chat. She sends me a few listings. Says she is not available during my two-day visit, and her partner will call me and handle things. Partner doesnÂt call until the day before I am leaving. We play phone tag over the course of six hours, and I finally learn that she has set up nothing and doesnÂt seem to have read my e-mail which went to both agents, twice, and to several of their various e-mail addresses. She says come in to the office and we will try to set up some showings depending on whether they can be viewed during this time. I end the relationship over the phone.
2. Drive by house X, then call the listing agent, explain I am in town for two days, ask to be shown the house. She responds that I need to call the owner to set up the viewing as there is no lock-box. I find it strange, but IÂm willing, then she adds that she needs to be with me and she isnÂt available during these two days. I wanted to see whether she would really just let me walk away, so I respond: Oh, well then, I guess if the house is still available the next time IÂm in town, I will try again. She asks when I will be coming again, and I say, I donÂt know. And we end the phone call.
3. Contact yet a third agent using the Contact Me form on her website and also send a very detailed message directly to her e-mail. Received an auto-response. That was 1.5 days ago, and no contact from her.
Am I judging these agents too harshly to think that they should be more responsive and on the ball?