First Things First

Every couple months or so, I’m on the receiving end of what I call “the full court press” in my capacity as a listing agent (representing a Seller).

So, the Buyer’s agent will call or email me wanting to know what’s been updated in the home (or not), how much the monthly utilities are, why the Seller is moving, how much showing activity there’s been, etc.

If the Realtor is part of a “group” or “team,” their partner will invariably chime in with even more questions.

And that’s before their client has even viewed the property!

In-Bounds (and out)

Assuming the questions are in-bounds — i.e., they pertain to the property or its condition — I’m happy to field them, preferably after the prospective Buyer has actually viewed the home, and expressed a threshold level of interest.

Other questions — specifically ones regarding the Seller’s price, terms, or motivation — are never properly addressed by the Seller’s agent (absent written permission, which I can’t ever imagine asking for).

P.S.:  In my experience, Buyers’ agents who “explode” onto your radar in such a dramatic fashion just as quickly vanish.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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