Joined: Feb. 2001
|Posted: Aug. 16 2005,8:30 pm
We had an absolutely AWFUL day today. We decided to fire our current Real Estate agent because we simply cannot trust him anymore as we caught him in too many lies and disreputable behavior. Besides, it's been on the market 3 months and he's shown it to all of 8 or 9 people, and the one DECENT offer we got, we got from the prospective party AFTER the fact because our "agent" never presented it to us. It all has to do with a little known clause called "dual agency". He was trying to stiff the prospective buyer's agent out of his cut of the commission. I wouldn't have even KNOWN about any of this if the prospective buyer (an adjunct law professor) didn't send me a letter directly with the (now expired and useless offer)
Okay, we let it slide for a week or so, believing our agent's line of BS, "I never got the offer. I don't know ANYTHING about it" crap.
No showings last week. Today, he brings by one woman and we tell him (in private, of course), that we need to talk to him, can he please come back after he drops off the lady. He snaps at Daniel, "What do you wanna talk about. Tell me now." We're trying to spare him embarrassment in front of a potential client. So, he comes running to me, and I tell him point blank, "We're taking the house off the market for a while to rethink our strategy." He RUNS AWAY!!! Cops an attitude eight miles high.
We give him time to drop off the lady at her hotel. Dan calls him on his cell phone. "We need a copy of the listing agreement that shows it is canceled."
"Maybe, in a couple of days, I'll fax it or something."
Dan- "We need it to read that it is void as of this date."
Him- "Oh, I'm not writing void on it."
Him- "I'll withdraw it from the market."
Dan- "why can't you just void it."
Him "Have your attorney contact me..." and he hangs up on Dan. All with a VERY UNPROFESSIONAL demeanor.
I call him back, blah, blah , blah. Just give us something stating that we longer have a contract. He can't come down he's soooooo busy. Okay, we'll come to you. We have to close up shop, Dan rips down his signs and we go to him.
He's sooooo busy doing NOTHING in his house. He practically throws an envelope at me. I open it up, it's some photocopied crap that I can barely read. He didn't even want to let me in! I tell him that I need something with an ORIGINAL SIGNATURE. He hems and haws and grumbles. I even say to him that we are exercising a VERBAL option he gave us when we first signed, which was "Anytime you guys want to take it off the market, no sweat, I'm easy!" YEAH! RIGHT!
Anyway, I know that he's aiming to try and fuck us over in some way. That's the kind of person he turned out to be. I was even going to be so kind as to add an addendum to the release that stated, if ANYONE he showed it to ended up making an offer we would accept, that I'd HAPPILY pay his commission, but at this point, we may need to hire an attorney...........just to sell a fucking house!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is OUTRAGEOUS and I am VERY UPSET!
So, you know what we did when we got home? We put a fucking FOR SALE BY OWNER sign on BOTH houses. We're so fucking outta here, it's not funny!
After that, I contacted the real estate agent that sold me this house 17 years ago. She was in her 60's then, so I didn't think she'd be practicing anymore. If I had know she was I would have given her the listing in a heartbeat. She's a great person, honest and don't take no crap from anyone. I told her what transpired, now she's going to take this contract to her firm's attorney and see if we can get fucked over in any way or not.....and I'll give BOTH listings to her on Monday.
"Death stands above me whispering low, I know not what into my ear; Of His strange language all I know is, there is not a word of fear."