It must seem that I am a buyer's agent if you've read my earlier posts, but I do have listings. I currently have three short sales and a standard. I want more listings, not because I don't love my buyers but because I do. It's frustrating to them and me to fine the perfect home only to find out it already has 15 offers.
I have been making offers on REOs and short sales for two years now and I believe I write winning offers. I sure have written enough to realize what is a good offer and what will fail. But what do you do when the listing agent already has a buyer and they are double ending the deal?
I lost an offer for my client who offered all cash and $10,000 above list price. I thought it was a slam dunk. No! I was told that an investor came in at the last minute with a large amount of reserves and went a little above my client's offer. A little above? How would he know to do that?
A few weeks later I saw that the property actually sold for UNDER my client's offer, and that the selling agent was in the same office as the listing agent.
I feel especially bad for the buyer's who "get it" and offer above list and better terms. And it's hard running around showing 15 homes, writing offers until midnight because you have to get them in before someone else grabs it. I'm done with it. Until more homes are released, I think I'll pursue listings. Hey banks! Just show me the listings!