Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker)

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

You've done nothing wrong here and have nothing to apologize for. I would just get out there and sell the home and if the other agent said something then I would explain what happened. But I wouldn't be the first to bring it up.

Apr 22, 2015 08:53 PM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

You have done nothing wrong and the bottom line is the Seller contacted you directly.  I am sure they have already informed the agent of their discontent.    She had her chance to sell the home, so show them how it is done and move on!  lol!

Apr 22, 2015 03:27 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Noah -- you did nothing wrong.

You know the back story.

Stuff happens.  

Now go sell it!




Apr 22, 2015 03:17 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Are you in the business of  selling real estate or therapy?

You did not steal the listing...the other agent lost  the listing.



Apr 23, 2015 03:01 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Noah, I don't think you have to justify yourself.  The seller made his choice with whom to list.  

Apr 23, 2015 02:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You take the listing and sell the property. These circumstances occur in the normal course of business.

Apr 23, 2015 01:16 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

No harm, no foul.  Go for it Noah.

Apr 22, 2015 11:46 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

If they contacted me I would NOT feel bad. The former agent did NOT get the job.

Apr 22, 2015 10:45 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

that's happened to all of us.... I suggest to my team members that they talk, face to face, with the past's business...not a personal thing....and you SHOULD take the listing.... your company deserves to have that listing if it's offered to you again.... what would you say to the broker/owner about not taking it??  that's his/her income and future business will come from it.... 

Apr 22, 2015 10:43 PM
Melanie Cameron
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Wilmington, NC
The Cameron Team

The fact is that listings are often swapped between agents. At least, they are in my area. It's not always a reflection on the agent. I've had homes not sell after I told the sellers exactly what they needed to do and they refused. 4 months later, they come back on the market with the price and improvements I suggested, but with another agent. What happens? The home sells. It's a fact of the trade. As long as you didn't call them to ask for the listing, you've done nothing wrong.

Apr 22, 2015 10:43 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

If they called you, then there i sno problme and no issue iwth it. Many of my listings expired with theior former agent who didnt get the job done and they call for results. Congratulations on the listing

Apr 22, 2015 10:15 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Noah Seidenberg You answered your own question - business is business. We all lose listings to other agents at one time or another.

Apr 22, 2015 10:13 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I think if you feel any sense of hesitation you could always give them a small referral fee. I have done that before to insure peace in the valley.

Apr 22, 2015 10:04 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

I would feel a bit bad but not bad enough not to take the listing. It is what it is.

Apr 22, 2015 10:01 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

We eventually realize agents swap a lot of inventory.

I would not hesitate to take the listing.

Speak no negative thing of the past agent.

No, the past agent does not get an invitation to the closing party.

You would be well advised to examine why you feel bad. All emotions are directly connected to the values that govern your life. Identify which value is being threatened and reckon this value to be true or false and respond accordingly.

Apr 22, 2015 09:48 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

As long as you did not contact him to get the listing you did not do anything wrong. I would explain to my coworker that the seller contacted me.

Apr 22, 2015 09:12 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Take the listing Noah.  Remember they called you.

Apr 22, 2015 08:33 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

You didn't contact him, he called you. It's a business decision and has nothing to do with betraying the other Realtor...

Apr 22, 2015 08:27 PM
Robert Smith
Preview Properties, PC - - Brighton, MI
SRES, Search for Homes Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan

I agree with Sharon Altier, SFR and Michael Jacobs.  This may be a case study in not working with family.  Often, it's more difficult to be totally frank with a relative. 

Apr 22, 2015 07:59 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Don't ever let feelings get in the way of your livelihood Noah Seidenberg. It's business and that's all there is to it, listing and selling. When you're good at it people will seek you out and that's all you need to be concerned about.   

Apr 23, 2015 01:21 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would talk to the other realtor and hope that they understand.

Oct 19, 2018 07:33 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Nina nailed this one!

Oct 02, 2017 05:00 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Not allowed in our office without express consent.

Apr 29, 2015 05:32 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Noah - No need to feel bad, guilty, or worry about hurting the other Realtor's feelings. That Realtor had the listing, and had the opportunity to sell the home. Its only because the home didn't sell that you were called. It doesn't make a difference that the Realtor is related to the home seller. It could have been any agent.

Apr 24, 2015 06:49 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Noah Seidenberg - just talk to the 'relative' agent, and if you really feel guilty, give the other Realtor(r) some referral fees.

Apr 23, 2015 11:59 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Give her a shot at bringing  a buyer just like all the other agents in your association. I would be pro-active and point out that you were approached and leave it at that. Anything beyond and you may be crossing the line in your agency agreement with the seller.

Apr 23, 2015 10:40 AM