David Landau, RE/MAX Right Choice (President, Newtown Board of Realtors)

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I'd recommend against it.  That would be like me trying to complete a mortgage loan application SOLELY by text messaging, or for that matter, by email.

Face to face negotiations or applications are so much better because of all the variables that can potentially come up during the discussions. 

Mar 12, 2016 01:47 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Would a text message qualify as 'in writing' David Landau?  I'm thinking there is a way to print-up texts - I've just never had to do it!  My first thought is 'no', because text messages are not usually detailed and known for their brevity, and many abbreviations are used to make shorter messages, which could be misread? 

Mar 12, 2016 12:53 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
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Sure, they have screen capture apps that would put it all on paper for you.

Mar 12, 2016 12:44 AM
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
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Great question David Landau . I personally wont' mind to do a negotiation through text if that's the only option, Do I prefer emails, phone call ? yes.

Mar 12, 2016 12:37 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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I have put deals together via text message. The first time was 8 years ago. Didn't meet the buyers in person until we sat down to immortalize the contract in ink. Met seller in person at escrow signing.
Having said this, you do have to be extremely careful, esp. with autocorrect mischief.
Also, I use a text to PDF app to start the date/time-stamped paper trail.

Mar 12, 2016 12:36 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

If that is the only option, yes.  At least there would be a record or trail.  Too many people are in love with the sound of their own voice - I dislike telephone conversations immensely.

Mar 11, 2016 11:55 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In Colorado, all offered have to be submitted, but only the written ones are taken seriously.

Mar 14, 2016 01:59 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Would I?  Interesting.  It has happened yet.  

I have had transactions where I have never met the agent on the other side and communication was through phone calls or emails.  It's too bad there is not more face-to-face interaction in this business(well, at times).  

Mar 12, 2016 10:01 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Doubt it - where's the written offer to present to the Seller?

Mar 12, 2016 09:01 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning David. I've heard a couple of my Realtor referral partners mention the same thing.

Mar 12, 2016 08:38 PM
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 No.

Mar 12, 2016 05:31 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Yes, some agents never do and prefer to have all in ''writing'' even texts are not legally binding.

Mar 12, 2016 02:07 PM
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Praful Thakkar
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David Landau as long as its just negotiations,....I had one such offer recently. Well the world is changing....

Mar 12, 2016 01:53 PM
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Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
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Probably not, texting is not secure and it is too time consuming.

 

Mar 12, 2016 01:18 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
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No I tell the other agent to put it on paper with signatures.

Mar 12, 2016 11:53 AM
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Bob Crane
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no

Mar 12, 2016 11:28 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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I wouldn't.  Too many typos can happen and the meaning of words sometimes gets lost.  I'd tell that agent if they want to do business, they need to learn to talk.

Mar 12, 2016 11:07 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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I don't think this is a bad idea. A text is proof of something because it's in writing. 

Mar 12, 2016 10:13 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Texting has a place, but not in contract negotiations.  I'm old fashioned about wanting everything written in the proper format.

Mar 12, 2016 06:05 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Not a chance! Can't talk, can't negotiate!

Mar 12, 2016 05:27 AM
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Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
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absolutely, and I have.  Despite my local real estate board not being technologically smart enough to recognize this technology yet, it is a fantastic way to do business and saves countless hours and gasoline making a deal happen.

Mar 12, 2016 05:26 AM
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

If that is what it takes then let's do it.

Mar 12, 2016 05:22 AM
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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
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if they can text, they can talk... would i? allllll the way to sign? and i dont know them? NEVER

Mar 12, 2016 05:12 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
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Only if the text contained a signed contract, which is can

 

Mar 12, 2016 04:33 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Never. By email yes since we use electronic forms and digital signatures, but text unless you buy a specfic program can not be put in savable formats.

Mar 12, 2016 03:47 AM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
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Sure I have done it many times.

Mar 12, 2016 03:25 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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Not if I had any way to avoid it.

Mar 12, 2016 03:24 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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No way, we are professionals.

Mar 12, 2016 03:20 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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I would rather speak with the agent, but a sale is a sale and will take it anyway I can.

Mar 12, 2016 03:03 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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absolutely...have done it and will do it again too

Mar 12, 2016 02:44 AM
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LuxurySoCalRealty Compass San Diego
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I'm fine with this

Mar 12, 2016 02:24 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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Not my preference but would if necessary. 

Mar 12, 2016 02:09 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I have had it happen to me and there is one agent in our area that specifically said to not call or email her that she would only respond to text. 

Mar 12, 2016 02:09 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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NO and yes some agents try to do this and instead of buying a house, they bought a horse. 

Mar 12, 2016 01:58 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
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There is an agent here that will only respond to texting so that is the way it is.

Mar 12, 2016 12:54 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
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As long as all the players understand none of it is real until there are signatures in all the right places. Until that time, a buyer willing to make a commitment will displace the texter who has better things to do.

Mar 12, 2016 12:50 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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Yes, as long as it's done properly.

Mar 12, 2016 12:33 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
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​I would do it but caution my client that the agent might be difficult to work with.

Mar 12, 2016 12:31 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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David Landau No way!

Mar 12, 2016 12:30 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
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NEVER BY TEXT MESSAGE....NEVER, NEVER.... 

Mar 12, 2016 12:19 AM
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David Landau
President, Newtown Board of Realtors - Newtown, CT
RE/MAX Right Choice

The problem I have with this is that it's very impersonal

Mar 12, 2016 12:10 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Depends, if it's in my client's best interest. Have done so through email. But we have counter offer forms so it's usually in writing

Mar 12, 2016 12:06 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 12, 2016 12:06 AM
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Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Leesburg, VA
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I've done it, and through email. The agent and I never spoke my last transaction 

Mar 12, 2016 12:03 AM
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Peter Mohylsky. Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
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I would not do this.  There is too much that can be "lost in translation"  I am sure someone soon who will say, if it is not in writing, it does not exist.  

Mar 12, 2016 12:03 AM