Question #2: Good or Bad for Whom??

Is it good news or bad news that a home scheduled to be on “Broker Tour” ” essentially, open houses for local Realtors each Tuesday in the Twin Cities ” abruptly cancelled?

Answer: it depends.

It’s good news — at least for the Seller, if not frustrated Buyers — if the listing agent cancelled because the home received multiple offers, and sold at 11 p.m. Monday night.

It’s bad if a vacant, “for sale” home isn’t shoveled out (in the wake of the Twin Cities’ most recent snow), and the agent felt compelled to cancel because the walk was too icy.

Ditto for plumbing or heating issues, or any other emergency repairs.

Realtor Job Description; “Slippery Slope”

I know some younger/newer agents would take it upon themselves to shovel out a vacant listing, sprinkle salt, etc.

As for me, while there are few things I won’t do for clients . . . that’s one of them.

That’s both because I don’t have time, and because my back isn’t up to (I have a shoveling service for my own home).

Too, I’ve discovered (the hard way) that once agents take it upon themselves to do (unpaid) property management, it’s very hard to stop.

Call it, “a slippery slope” — literally (sorry).

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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