Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

The buyer wanted you to tell the seller they might write an offer?  No way!

Aug 27, 2015 03:55 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I try not to get their hopes up, only to dash them to the ground.  I'd prefer to make them happy with an offer in hand.

Aug 27, 2015 01:36 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I've learned not to let sellers anticipate contracts. I've had more agents tell me they were writing an offer after a showing and never heard from them again.

Aug 27, 2015 08:42 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

No, the proof is in the putting, as in putting in an offer, otherwise you've got nothing.

Aug 27, 2015 10:31 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I try to keep the seller updated without giving them ways to create unreasonable expectations all by themselves - sellers get themselves so excited that it is hard for them

Aug 27, 2015 10:11 PM
Toronto, ON

It is not an offer if it is not in writing so it doesn't make sense to get a seller excited about a non-existent offer.

Aug 27, 2015 05:05 PM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

I update clients a minimum of once a week. I've made the mistake of believing an agent when they said they'd be writing an offer & sharing it with the seller only to have not show up. 

Aug 27, 2015 04:27 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

On the occasions that I mention something like that to a seller, I always say it's interesting but not noteworthy if (and that's a big if) and when we get something in writing.   

Aug 27, 2015 01:15 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
There's no place like home.

Depending on the feedback (and whether I trust that particular agent's intuition, or not), and the client's personality ... I might tell my client that we had a good showing... where they asked all the right questions, and leave it at that.

If the offer comes in, I'm the hero, if it doesn't... no worse for wear.

Aug 28, 2015 03:30 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

yes to your question. This is me: We got one! Cant guarantee it but it looks as good as real can get. Lets see what happens. I will keep you informed

Aug 28, 2015 01:34 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I provide feedback if I have it but have learned to not say anything about a ptential offer, even when an agent says they are sending it. Until it's in my hands it's not real. I let sellers know this since it's not unusual to have agents say they are submitting and things change. I don't want to disappoint my selles if at all possib

Aug 28, 2015 01:06 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I never tell them if i think someone will be submitting an offer. Showing feedback is usually vague comments that don't really give any indication how serious a showing was. Now and then an agent will call and say they are going to their office to prepare an offer, but I still wait until I receive it before telling sellers.

Aug 28, 2015 12:39 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

always wait.... we never give them the opportunity to have great expectations and then have the balloon deflate.... like the "football".... leads to trouble and they will also never trust your word again....

Aug 28, 2015 12:23 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I learned the hard way not to jinx a possible offer.  

Aug 27, 2015 11:55 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I will give the seller my assessment of the buyer interest. The areas of the house for which greatest interest or concern was demonstrated. This should align perfectly with earlier suggestion to remove the dog kennel for the dining room.


That only means hours of explaining 'why' related to a buyer who was playing it safe.

Now, when the prospect buyer does the 'real thing' that reveals serious consideration, I will suggest to the seller, "Now is the time for option C on our marketing method."

Aug 27, 2015 10:40 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I let them know about the feedback, but do not get their hopes up unnecessarily.

Aug 27, 2015 10:33 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I always tell the truth. Sellers often call right after a shwing for feedback. I tell sellers that they should not get too excited until they see the offer beauce people change their minds .

Aug 27, 2015 09:50 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I would tell them how many and comments but not how many eggs might get in the basket!

Aug 27, 2015 09:43 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Hella. It would depend on the client, some would immediately want to know something and no news is news to them, others allow the process to happen.

Aug 27, 2015 06:48 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i think they deserve the facts. the truth. as we see it at least. they want to know. wouldnt you? lots of looking no offers? all low offers? we had them until the red paint? etc... or they really liked it, i think they are the ones..i know they were a bit low..but dont lose this one, we havent had one this good in weeks

Aug 27, 2015 03:42 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Yes I will tell my seller if the showing went well. It give them some hope.

Aug 27, 2015 12:56 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hella, that is not something I entertain with a seller. I wait for the offers then discuss the merits.  Otherwise all I am doing is taking the seller on a hot air balloon ride.  That is not what they hired me to do.

Aug 28, 2015 02:30 AM
Gladstone Nicholson
Gladstone Nicholson Real Estate - Covington, GA
Broker bringing new concepts to market!!


I contact the showing agent to gauge the level of the buyer's interest.  Should the agent suggest the buyer wants to make an offer, I would remind the agent that time is of the essence for the interest of both buyer and seller.

I would then inform my seller the buyer grades the property as a "possible" but has not yet made a decision.  No need to take my seller on a roller coaster ride.  Of course, I would continue follow up with buyer's agent for about 24-48 hours.


Aug 28, 2015 02:24 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think you did the right thing...words on paper with a signature means so much more...A

Aug 28, 2015 12:38 AM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

If it ain't in writing, it never happened.

Aug 28, 2015 12:22 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I give feedback, but I do not build hope

Aug 28, 2015 12:15 AM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Blue Bell, PA

I usually do not tell the seller when a client expresses interest or puts their home on the buyers top 3. However, I recently received a listing which had been previously been listed with two other companies and they did not receive a single showing. The seller was very happy that she now had 4 showings this week and someone has put her home into their top 3.  

Aug 27, 2015 11:38 PM
Ed Macias
Real Estate Teammates - Miami, FL
Miami FL-REO Property Management Multifamily

Not until I see it in writing

Aug 27, 2015 11:10 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® I always wait for the offer. Talk is cheap and most verbals that an offer is coming never happens. I once had an agent tell me they were going to write an offer on one of my listings that evening. I asked when did the agent show it. Oh, they haven't seen it yet. The offer never came.

Aug 27, 2015 11:01 PM
Sara Wagner
The Woodland Companies - Adams, WI
Stevens Point Rentals

No point in giving false hope.

Dec 09, 2018 02:20 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Until it is in writing it does not exist.

Jun 15, 2018 09:36 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

In our area we use CSS www.showings.com , the Seller can read the unfettered feedback on their web portal. However if an agent calls and tells me they are going to write , I wait til I have something in hand and may even turn the heat up on the Buyer agent by telling them there is allot of activity so they get it done ASAP.

Aug 29, 2015 04:47 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Hella - I typically would not get my sellers excited about a buyers agent who says they have an interested buyer. There have just been too many times where an offer was never presented, so I have learned my lesson. Never believe an offer is coming in until you actually receive an offer.

Aug 28, 2015 07:39 PM
Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

I only give feedback . i do not say anything about an offer until it is received. 

Aug 28, 2015 01:17 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

I'll let him know in general terms but I won't exagerate. I'll tell him of double showings, etc.


I won't use the word "offer" though. Had one agent say he was going to write an offer and never did. Now imagine if I told the seller that?

Aug 28, 2015 10:27 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

There are ways to sense if a showing was in fact good, but as far as the seller is concerned, "the proof is in the [proverbial] pudding".

Aug 28, 2015 09:27 AM
Andy Madrid
Hawaii Coast Realty, LLC - Kailua-Kona, HI
Expertise, Professionalism, and Service

I always give sellers feedback but never tell them an offer is coming or the buyers agent thinks his/her clients will write an offer.  Until I have it in hand, mums the word.

Aug 28, 2015 05:43 AM
Joyce Costello
Carolina Colours Realty - New Bern, NC
RE Broker specializing in new community sales.

It is always a good idea to give feedback to your sellers, especially when it is good.  I try to summarize comments from prospects or agents rather than speculate that they "might" make an offer.


Aug 28, 2015 05:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I try to avoid letting a seller think there will be an offer until it is actually delivered.

Aug 28, 2015 04:30 AM
Chris Mamone
Keller Mortgage - Tacoma, WA
Senior Loan Officer

Under promise over deliver! Never say yes until its actually going to happen.

Sep 01, 2015 03:38 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I tell the sellers about each showing..positive and negative. That includes when it is not the right buyer and when there is positive feedback. Never tell them there is an offer until it is in my hands!

Aug 30, 2015 12:23 AM