Real Estate Emergency?  Usually Not (Thankfully)

I can think of a handful of situations that qualify as a bona fide real estate emergency:

–Getting an offer to the listing agent, pre-deadline, on a home in multiple offers;

–Getting in to see a newly-listed home likely to be in multiple offers;

–Responding to the other party before a deadline (Inspection, Written Statement) passes and automatically cancels the Purchase Agreement.

–Resolving a major issue just before closing.

“Crying Wolf A.S.A.P.”

Which means that most real estate situations are of the non-emergency kind.

In my experience, the vast majority of clients recognize that, and are duly respectful of their Realtors’ time, reasonable about turnaround time, etc.

But not all.

The risk of appending gratuitous “ASAP’s” onto every email and voicemail is that the Realtor starts tuning them out, so that when a real emergency arises, it’s more likely to be missed.

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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