Relocate to Wisconsin : Buyer's Agent & Inspector...Let's Not Confuse the Positions...

Buyer's Agent & Inspector...Let's Not Confuse the Positions...

   Open Houses are not something we do often.. usually at the beginning of a listing if the Seller is on board with that part our marketing plan.  The overwhelming majority of Buyes especially for those beyond first time time buyer status, have Open HouseBuyer's agents.  ...some who escort the Buyers and other Buyers who indicate an agent when they sign the register.

    We believe in honoring those relationships as we would expect other agents to honor ours.

     We point out major features, supply a very detailed written home summary and let buyers and agents have their tour to themselves.  Sometimes conversations are overheard..OR we get calls after the old is...what about the...and we are happy to answer them or learn the answers.

     On a couple of occasions, Buyers agents called with questions and had already decided ...and apparently toldwindow their buyer what a price was to change this, add that....etc. without of course, the benefit of either knowing IF there was an issue from a professional ..OR having a quote to do whatever work they deemed "necessary."  One all knowing agent decided that windows leaked....nope...not true...they were newer and there was some humidity in the house.

  Wallpaper   Few people are "wallpaper fans" and we had one listing where one part of a foyer had wallpaper that was tasteful and resembled faux painting. The agent told the Buyers it would be $20,000 to remove it...'Really ?

     Buyers agents are supposed to represent the Buyer...BUT BUT BUT ...with information that has supported documentation..not imagination.

      This has been a professional post brought to you by Sally K. and David L. Hanson who proudly present well documented information in real estate throughout southeastern Wisconsin.


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Comment balloon 13 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • February 19 2018 12:23PM


Totally ridiculous for any agent to quote prices for home updates and renovations... they can vary so greatly. I also don't like it when inspectors do this... because so often their numbers bear no resemblance to reality, either.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 4 months ago

I have people ask me real estate questions all the time, sometimes in front of their agent.  I politely decline to answer, saying it's not my specialty.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 4 months ago

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

For some buyer agents they are trying to show their worth but don't have supporting documentation to back what words they are spouting! A shame!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 4 months ago

Good morning Sally and David,

And they wonder why more go to the internet!

There are things to point out but wallpaper!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) 4 months ago

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and some of your successful practices.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

It often puzzles me when i hear buyer agent quote a price to fix or change something that is so off, it is a head scratcher. If they do not know, they should find out, not guess Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 4 months ago

Good morning Sally and David. I couldn't agree with you more. Always seek competent advice not guesses from those who don't know.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 4 months ago

I just had this issue aof telling me what something would cost when I had already lined up a contractor for 1/3 the cost the agent said.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 4 months ago

Sally and David I would like to offer my services to that Buyers Agent, and remove the wallpaper for $2,000

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 4 months ago

Sally & David, we have a document in CA called AVID (agent's visual inspection disclosure) operating word is, we see a crack on the drive way we comment on it "crack on the driveway" we see stains on the carpet...we report "stains on carpet in living room" end of story...observe and report...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 4 months ago

As a buyers agent I have always been told to keep my trap closed when at a home inspections Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) 4 months ago

Morning Sally,

In this business if it's not in writing it didn't happen, if its not in writing it doesn't exist.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 4 months ago

Good advice for buyer agents. I hope they will read it and learn.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 4 months ago