This Is Why I Sell By Owner
Since my buyer has been unable to close on time, I've been unable to close on time on the house I'm under contract to buy and the seller is threatening to take another offer. Don't know whether it's true or not whether he has another offer but he's pressuring me and it's giving me more stress. He even demanded that I give him $1500. non-refundable, not to be applied to the purchase price, to "hold" the house for a month! I think I've been too nice throughout the deal and he thought he could railroad me. But it backfired and he got my Irish up instead.
So I decided to check around and see what else is out there, if anything new came up, etc. I found a couple of possibilities. I called one of them. There was no picture even though the house was on the market for over a year. The only reason I know what it looks like is because I did an overhead and zoomed down. The 800# turned out to be W's national phone bank. I quickly realized the slick-sounding representative had never even heard of the town where the house I was inquiring about was located. He took my name and # and then transferred me to the listing office. I spoke to Sally and she put me on hold and then got Dick on the phone. Dick didn't know anything more about the property than I already knew from Realtor.com even though this was the listing office. I told him "I'm looking at the exact same thing you are looking at right now. Have you been in the house? If not, can I speak to the agent who actually listed it?" I got transferred to Bill who assured me he would get in touch with Albert who was the listing agent. I asked, "Will I get a phone call today?" (It was morning.) He said yes and if he couldn't get Albert, he'd call me back himself. No calls all day long. Finally, at a quarter to five, I called them back again and this time I spoke to Bernie who also didn't know anything more about the house than I already knew from Realtor.com. He connected me to Albert's voice mail.
I know there are great agents out there. But there are so many bad ones and bad offices! What are they thinking?! What would the seller think if he knew?! Holy cow, I would take a FIT if someone was treating my quarter of a million dollar listing like this! No offense to you good agents but this is exactly why I sell them myself.