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Vanessa Aparicio
Realty Empire Inc. - Miami Lakes, FL

When prepared to negotiate, I would imagine one would want to be in the comfort of their own office. However, a sudden negotiation could happen anywhere and the main goal is for both parties to keep it professional. 

Sep 11, 2016 02:20 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I think a private office would be best, but certainly not in a public place. I suppose it depends on what the negotiation is about

Sep 11, 2016 01:35 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

That all depends on what we're negotiating.  With colleagues, it tends to be over the phone or via email.  With my own clients, if we're looking at an offer, I like to do it in my office, if at all possible.

Sep 11, 2016 12:54 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Agents, I prefer phone, customers I prefer in person not in public

Sep 11, 2016 10:46 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

actually by email so there is a paper trail and they can't say, I didn't say that.

Sep 11, 2016 02:30 PM
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Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

I'm going to do a post about this, but regardless of where the meeting takes place with an obnoxious person, I need to be located as deeply as possible within myself.  Root down deep into your truest self, where you and the Infinite are one.  Speak to them from that place.

It's a place of unruffled, fully present, alert and high integrity, where bullies can't knock us off-balance.

Sep 11, 2016 01:31 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

In my office, always best to be where we can be comfortable, in control with all of our resources around us.

Sep 11, 2016 01:23 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

My office. It's my territory, my chair, my desk. I get to boss people around (LOL). I'm in charge. I rule.

(I can even kick their as*** out if I want to).

Sep 12, 2016 12:48 AM
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Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

I don't negotiate with difficult people - I wait until they are reasonable

Sep 11, 2016 11:05 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It depends, i get to learn the person, some times email is better as you do not want to hear their shouting, but sometimes face to face quiets those only brave on line. 

Sep 11, 2016 10:54 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - most likely via email! I do not like someone screaming at me - and I do not want to lose my 'cool'!

Sep 11, 2016 03:51 PM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

If it's a client, and they are in town, at their home.  If it's a client who is not in town, over the phone.  A broker would be at their office, and so would a lender Fred Griffin.  I could not ever see meeting over lunch, as to me this is serious, and business, not casual, and fun.  And if someone was that difficult, I probably couldn't eat, either.

Sep 11, 2016 02:31 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I agree with the consensus - depends on what you are negotiating

Sep 11, 2016 02:21 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I was going to ask what you're negotiating - trying to convince your seller, another agent or your buyer?  If it's my seller and I think it's going to be difficult, I will ask to come to their home.

Sep 11, 2016 02:14 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

This so much depends on the situation.  I usually think that  a direct meeting makes more sense in a difficult situation where you can actually see each other and talk face to face. But sometimes this is not possible. In this situation, at least a phone call works better than email which works better than text message.

Sep 11, 2016 02:07 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It does not matter as long as it is face to face

Sep 11, 2016 01:22 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

A client? I'm good at their home or the office.  Another agent usually on the phone or email.  

Sep 11, 2016 01:11 PM
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Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner
Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268 - Iowa City, IA
Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices

I like the phone for agents and in person for clients. I'm all for a paper trail, but find that actually talking to someone - regardless of how unpleasant the conversation - is a necessary first step. The written word often looks worst as you can't see a tone of voice and the words can be taken the wrong way. 

Oct 05, 2016 05:36 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Phone works.

Sep 12, 2016 12:44 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Anywhere... except a public place.  Whatever the other party chooses is fine with me.

Sep 12, 2016 09:55 AM
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Fred - Unless they're very unpleasant and obnoxious, I prefer face-to-face in a neutral setting (and maybe a xanax).

Sep 12, 2016 04:09 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Where ever I can get them!  Sometimes at the property, other times over the phone.

Sep 12, 2016 03:26 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

when I was actively listing property, I wanted it done in my office... I'd call the seller and make an appointment....of course, I'd say the offer was on it's way and it would be here when they were here.... I already had it in hand but was not going to be interrogated over the phone....

Sep 12, 2016 02:49 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Better face to face in a public place

 

Sep 12, 2016 02:30 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin On my turf! Control of the situation always has the upper hand in negotiations.

Sep 12, 2016 02:13 AM
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Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

It depends upon the situation and who I am negotiating with.

Sep 12, 2016 01:55 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I prefer to do it in person.  The location should be on neutral territory.

Sep 12, 2016 01:35 AM
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Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

I refuse to buy lunch for a difficult person.  Email sounds good and you have the ability to check back.

Sep 12, 2016 01:05 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It depends on who I am negotiating with and what the situation is. Most likely a phone discussion followed up by an email documenting the discussion.

Sep 12, 2016 12:15 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Anywhere but their chosen ground is what I learned...

Sep 12, 2016 12:04 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

Good question and thankfully one I haven't had to deal with this situation very often. I would say my office, because if the discussion goes south I can go back to work in friendly surroundings.

Sep 11, 2016 11:51 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

email

Sep 11, 2016 11:01 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

In my office would be my preference.

Sep 11, 2016 10:57 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Neutral ground only.

Sep 11, 2016 10:56 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I would prefer my office. If not--let's do it.

Sep 11, 2016 10:48 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It depends.

Sep 11, 2016 10:12 PM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Face to face, eyeball to eyeball, there is no other way

Sep 11, 2016 09:35 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

In person

Sep 11, 2016 09:31 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I would prefer to meet in an office conference room.

Sep 11, 2016 09:13 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

More often than not, it's via phone confirmed via email. And that includes clients and other brokers. 

Sep 11, 2016 09:01 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends on the situation.   Face-to-face when possible.  

Sep 11, 2016 07:44 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

My first choice is F2F. But it is often not possible, so phone or skype/facetime is the second. 

Sep 11, 2016 05:05 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Lunch at a neutral location works for me...

Sep 11, 2016 03:05 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

It depends on the specific situation.

Sep 11, 2016 02:35 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Most successes have happened at their "Club" whether yacht, golf or social. The tendency for them to be on the best behavior precludes any outburst or unfavorable attention.

Sep 11, 2016 01:40 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Fred,

I agree with Patricia Kennedy .  A

Sep 11, 2016 01:09 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

It is all just as bad Fred. Every medium does not offer any advantage.

Sep 11, 2016 12:57 PM