Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

The agent could have been out of town or had previous plans that necessitated him/her sending the clients to the open house. He/she still put the Offer together and got it to you on time, right?

As for your influence, it's whatever is best for the SELLERS and it is ultimately their decision which Offer they accept.

Jun 15, 2018 09:35 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I will share what I know with the sellers about each offer. There is nothing necessarily "lazy" about the agent in your example in my opinion.

Jun 15, 2018 09:35 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Which choice is best for your client?

Its not about the agents it's about the clients.

Jun 15, 2018 09:29 PM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Offer to be treated any other offer.

Jun 15, 2018 09:50 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Yes & this is a ridiculous question. Open houses are fair game so man-up & present the offer like any other one that you'd receive.

Sounds petty to me.

Jun 16, 2018 06:49 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


There is a big difference between INFLUENCE and ADVISE.  What difference does it make if the offer is the BEST.  What is BEST for the seller is  what matters.  You position is to do whatever the seller WANTS and what is BEST for him/her.  I would not care what the agent did or did not do, it is none of my business.  Best offer wins.  A

Jun 16, 2018 06:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No, why? It's always the buyer's decision at the end of the day as to what house they wish to buy... as Bob Crane said, it's not about the agent, but about the buyers and ultimately it's about what's best for the sellers. If it's a solid offer it needs to be considered along with all the others. And what do you propose to do if it's the BEST offer in the end?

I've had "showing assistants" show a home, the buyer's agent write an offer without seeing the home because some assistant "opened the door." I'll take offers from anyone who wishes to present them.

Jun 16, 2018 03:52 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Praful are you familiar with Fiduciary Responsibilities? Just asking this question makes my blood boil.... Endre

Jun 15, 2018 10:39 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Highest and best for my client.  

Jun 15, 2018 10:26 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Every offer, regardless of who sent it, whether the agent accompanied the buyer, whether the offer is too low, too high, best, worst, whether the agent likes the mortgage company that did the pre-approval (or not), whether the buyers saw the house in person or did not, etc., must be submitted, and must be treated fairly.  

I can't even imagine what an intelligent seller who has an offer in front of him that is a strong financial offer with good terms, would think when his real estate agent tells him to ignore it because in his opinion the buyer's agent is "lazy." 

Jun 16, 2018 03:21 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Treat the offer like any other offer, on its merit. The agent is irrelevant to my seller. Any agent problem is my responsibility to handle.

Jun 15, 2018 09:34 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

No, my goal is to get my listing sold and get the most money for my client.  

All offers will be handle the same way and same level of respect. 

Jun 16, 2018 06:31 AM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

It's not about how I feel or what I wold do... It's client first and foremost always ...which offer is best for my client?  It's not always the best price as there are many other components to the offer to consider. .. Closing date, conditions in the offer etc.


Jun 16, 2018 06:29 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

At this point the agent is irrelevant to me, If the offer is properly executed is my only concern.

Jun 16, 2018 05:58 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

It's not up to me to enforce the buyer's agent's responsibilities & besides, there could've been extenuating circumstances that kept them from being there. I like to keep it simple & do what's best for my client, take the high offer. 

Jun 16, 2018 04:41 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

Present all offers to the seller with no influence. Sorry but your opinion is not what matters on any offers.

Jun 16, 2018 04:35 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Judge the offer,along with the others, on its merits. What's best for the seller?

Jun 15, 2018 10:39 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, why even I would be upset that clients saw the house without an agent during open house? 

Jun 15, 2018 09:41 PM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

As frustrating as that is Bob Crane is right in my opinion.  Our job is to represent our clients best interests.  It’s not always easy, but it’s the right thing to do.


Jun 15, 2018 09:35 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Who crowned you king?

It's never your decision...

Your only job is to present the offer...without bias.


Jun 16, 2018 09:12 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The agent could have sent them because they were doing their own open house or were with other clients.  That happens out here.  That and the agent is out of the area.


I just present the offers.  If I know anything about the agents factually, I'll present that too, afterall some agents are better to work with than others.  I just recently had a seller want to accept one agent's offer (in a multiple situation) because that agent called to confirm her appointment AND shut off all the lights on their way out.  Very professional, as they put it.

Jun 16, 2018 08:29 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Nope, nothing to do with it. The buyer-agent is not the one buying the house. And your responsibility AND obligation is to represent your client's best interests - the seller. Nothing to do with the agents.

Jun 16, 2018 07:13 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

My job is to sell the home. It happens often actually where agents just send their buyers, so i look at the best offer for my seller and am happy i got to influence that buyer in their absence. 

Jun 16, 2018 05:24 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Always work in your clients best interest.

Jun 16, 2018 03:50 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Bob Crane and Debe Maxwell, CRS said what I would have written. -Kasey

Jun 16, 2018 01:41 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no.... my mission was to sell the house....and if the offer was a good one and a clean deal, it's a cobroke deal...

Jun 16, 2018 07:30 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

You represent the seller. The best offer is the best offer.

Jun 16, 2018 06:58 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If the offer looks professional and is the highest and best then go for it.

Jun 16, 2018 04:33 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 let the seller's know and let them make the decision.

Jun 16, 2018 07:07 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Bob Crane nailed this one!

Jun 16, 2018 04:51 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Oh, my heavens. Good Grief, no. The offer is treated on its own merit. It makes no difference if the agent attended an open house with the buyers. All offers are treated fairly.  To do otherwise, and allow my personal judgments to sneak through the cracks, I feel would be a breach of my fiduciary duty to my clients.

Jun 16, 2018 09:31 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Not at all. Why would you penalize your seller?

Jun 16, 2018 07:49 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

If the agent registered the buyers, and the buyers saw the house, what's the problem? I would give it the same weight as every other offer in.
If the buyers had not viewed the home, different story. More chance of a fallthrough if physical viewing is a 'subject to'.
I would never advise my seller to ignore ANY offer.
Review first, then round file if it doesn't make sense.

Jun 16, 2018 08:51 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I will call the other agent and ask him/her to view the property.

Jun 16, 2018 07:45 AM
Jon K. Judd
Keller Williams Realty - Central Delaware - Dover, DE
GRI, e-PRO, SFR, Delaware Homes

I do what is right for my client... if this offer is in my clients best interest, I'll advise and ultimately is their decision.  It is possible the agent just wasn't in town available on the day of the open house.... Could have been in an auto accident or a multitude of other things might have happened.  

Jun 17, 2018 07:29 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Why wouldn't you treat the offer fairly?  There's just no other way to do it.

Jun 17, 2018 07:20 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

What I will do remains to be seen however client control is relevant

Jun 16, 2018 05:41 PM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

I don't care if they are buying it sight unseen, if they saw it at an open house or if their agent was busy with some other appointment and just sent them to look, a good offer is a good offer. And isn't getting a house sold the reason for an open house? Our job is to get the seller  the best price and get it to closing. 

Jun 16, 2018 05:25 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Don't care - Is the Buyer Qualified ????

Jun 16, 2018 05:16 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I want the quickest path to the cheese.  The most qualified and motivated buyer working with an agent that is responsive and the best terms is the one I promote.  Other factors such as down payment, appraisal and loan contingency and past experiences are part of my recommendation as well.

Jun 16, 2018 02:58 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Agents do not show homes here much. Ask their client to view and come back fill a AVID..... Many are loan brokers.... No dough in RE. 

Jun 16, 2018 12:44 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No. They have seen the home.

Jun 16, 2018 11:59 AM
Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
Drive By Blessings!


Jun 16, 2018 11:18 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

It is our obligation to present all offers.  If asked the circumstances of the offer, you can provide details.  But if the "best" offer was written by someone who didn't view the home, but his client did, he is working on behalf of his client and obviously the client wants the home.

Jun 16, 2018 09:51 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The goal w ill b e to sell the home.Did the agent infor you he could not make is or jst sent his clisnts.  Depending on the situation, I may have a word with the agent about how he did this

Jun 16, 2018 09:33 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hate it when this happens but not sure what I would do.


Jun 22, 2018 09:16 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I recently closed a deal, where the agent called me said she was with clients all day, and would have her buyers at the open house.  Had a great conversation with them, they loved it, and closed it.  SIMPLE.

Jun 21, 2018 10:19 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We do what is in the best interest of our clients.

Jun 20, 2018 05:09 AM