Real Estate Agents

Three years ago, we had our previous house on the market. We placed a “For Sale By Owner” sign at the front of our house.

It didn’t take long before the phone started ringing.

One woman said she wanted to take a look at the house. She said that a friend of hers was interested in buying a house in Princeton and she was looking around for him.

She made an appointment with me. She was late, very late; an hour and a half late. Just when I assumed she was blowing off the appointment, and didn’t have the courtesy to call, I stepped outside in the backyard to grill dinner. At the moment I fired up the grill, a car pulled into the driveway. It was 6:30 at night. I’m thinking, “You’re kidding me, right?”

I walked up to her driver door. She rolled down the window and nonchalantly said, “I’m sorry I’m late.” I thought to myself “Thanks for the courtesy call.”

I showed her the house. She didn’t really ask the right questions. I asked her a couple of questions about her so-called friend who wanted to buy a house in Princeton. She was rather vague. She said, “He’s from China and has a business.” He’s looking for a house where he can have a home office and be close to the Route 1 corridor.”

Her story sounded plausible. However,  I detected she wasn’t a “friend” of someone who wanted to buy a house. I put two and two together and thought, “I bet this woman is a real estate agent disguising herself as a friend.”

The next day, I did a little bit of easy breezy searching on-line.

I clicked on local real estate agency’s websites, glancing at agents’ professional headshots and speed-reading through a few of their bios.

Sure enough, I stumbled upon the photo of the woman who showed up late, pretending to be a friend of a prospective buyer–and making up an entire story to me during the 30-minute house and property tour.

A real estate agent!

Next: A real estate agent pulls into our driveway, unannounced.



16 thoughts on “Real Estate Agents

    1. I’m glad that I learned something new today….that real estate agents can be reported. Thanks everybody for letting me know. Honestly, I have witnessed so many real estate antics I thought/assumed that some/few play games and get away with it.

  1. Seems like if she wanted your business she wouldn’t lie to you about being an agent. There is no way I’d list with someone who lied to me. People are so strange…lol.

    1. I don’t associate with anyone that lies. The moment someone lies to me, they’re off my list. I never saw the woman again. She obviously had some sort of agenda.

    2. If she was so unprofessional as to hide the fact she was a realtor, she might have been dishonest enough to try to buy the property at as below market value as possible, thinking she could put one over on the rubes, in her opinion, dumb enough to sell their property themselves, then hike up the price to sell at a personal profit.

      Sure, it’s against the professional rules and ethics of the realtor’s association.

      But there are some dishonest realtors that would try to get away with exactly that. Like those that don’t bother to disclose they are realtors, arrive unannounced or stand you up for an appointment.

      1. You’re right! Was it the realtor’s hidden agenda to try to buy it below market value but then after thinking about it, she abandoned the idea. To top it off, she was so rude as to not at least call and cancel the appointment. In addition to the two stories I wrote about, and several other things that happened, it was easy walking out to the sign, pulling it out of the ground and selling the house to the university. I wasn’t going to put up with the games people play. The university wanted it. They got it. They tore it down.

  2. 90 minutes late?

    Sorry, but even if I was desperate to sell, I would have told this potential buyer that I’m making dinner and you’ll have to reschedule for another time. No, I’m sorry, you can’t just walk around and look.

    After I found out she was a realtor and lying to me I would have called her boss and reported her. Then called the local real estate association and reported her.

    That’s just how I roll.

    1. I roll the same way you do. At the time, I didn’t know I could report her. Well, now I know.

      And just as a side note, we weren’t desperate to sell (I know you weren’t referring to us in the comment). I would only sell if offered the amount I wanted. In the end I got it, but I wasn’t going anywhere until that number came in.

  3. I’m a licensed agent in Minnesota. We are required to disclose we are licensed. She acted unprofessionally. She should have been reported.

    1. Thanks for letting me know that real estate agents can be reported. I had no idea. I wish I had known because I would have reported her.

  4. Real Estate agents aren’t always the most professional. Some years ago I hired one due to a family friend who worked in that office and I discovered she (the realtor) didn’t work on weekends. I’ve never heard of one who didn’t before or since, yet, there was a delay in the process she failed to mention, so even though I told her I was going to another state to start looking for a new house she said nothing until we returned. The trip cost $1500 and we were on hold for 6 weeks making it a useless and expensive matter.

    You’ve got every reason to be angry and I would have reported her to the Realty Board.

    1. I wish I had known at the time that I could have reported her; I had no idea that I could. I just assumed that this was something that some or few real estate agents do…it happened again with another agent (next story).

  5. I’m a member of a licensed profession – I’m an attorney. I am often surprised how few “lay people” understand that many, many professions and trades are regulated – you have to get a license from the government to perform whatever your function is. You have to operate in accordance with your calling’s rule of ethics/conduct – these are written, and available on the internet in most instances. And if you mess up, or rip off clients, they can file a grievance against you. Basic information – often including any past disciplinary record – concerning licensed professionals/tradespeople is usually available on a website run by the State’s licensing agency. It’s worth knowing this, whether you are dealing with an attorney, accountant, realtor or even – in Texas, where I live – plumbers, massage therapists and cosmetologists.

    Thanks for your blog, Sue.

    1. Thank you, Hilary, for your expert legal advice. If I had known this information three years ago, I would have made the appropriate calls. I hope it will help others who might experience a similar scenario if they’re selling their home. In this area, there are several homes with signs out “For Sale By Owner.” Thanks again for commenting.

  6. I had an agent knock on the door as we were getting home from my dad’s funeral. No sign in the yard or any indication we were selling the house at that point. He saw the address in the obituary and showed up.
    I sent my Rottweiler after him.

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