A few weeks ago I got a phone call from a potential seller that had a lot of question on a short sale scenario. I spend at least 30 minutes on the phone with him. He called back several times with more questions, another 30 minutes. Seller was out of town and had property here in Pinellas County that he wanted to sell. He than called and said he wanted to list with me, gave me the address and told me it was listed with another realtor and expired a few days ago, the key was under the flowerpot etc. another 30 minutes. I went to the house to take a look and do my homework on it, but, no key, called the seller, long story short I had to drive to the house again to get the key from a friend, altogether 4 hours. I did the CMA on it (not an easy one) filled out the listing paperwork, did sellers expense sheet for him, e mailed everything etc. anther 2 hours.
Went back to the house took pictures, did the writeup, created a flyer etc. another 4 hours. Send 3 of my Realtor over so they could take a look and already make some calls to potential buyers, between us, another 6 hours. Called seller to go over the paperwork and get the signed agreement back, got the answering machine. Called him at least 6 time over the next 3 days and left messages On day number 4 I grabbed a different phone, guess what, he answered and said he is so busy, can not talk right now but will call me back. Did not hear from him for another 3 days, than I got a one line e mail saying he has decided to list with someone else because they think they can get a much higher price for the home. OK fine with me, I am still calm, telling myself, do not get upset, “You win some you loose some” A day later I get a phone call from the friend that gave me the key. He said, please put the key under the flower pot when you bring it back. That did the trick. I stayed calm (but not too friendly) and I made it very clear that I had spend pretty much spend 2 full working days dealing with the property because I had a verbal listing agreement and now that the seller changed his mind and chose to work with someone else, “You actually have the nerve to think I would spend another hour bringing the keys back? You got to be kidding.” The key is in my office and you can make an appointment to pick it up.
What are people thinking?
I wonder what they would say if they worked for two days and did not get paid.
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