Relocate to Wisconsin : This is BUSINESS ...Not an Elevator...NO MORE BUTTONS !

This is BUSINESS ...Not an Elevator...NO MORE BUTTONS !

  Sometimes on the listing side of a real estate transaction it's hard to tell....and in the end, it doesn't matter...who is "driving the bus",..."Pushing the buttons"... elevator buttonsplaying power games...the agent or the Buyer. The goal for us is always a "happily ever after" and every courtesy extended to the "other side" in terms of time as the contract allows. Waiting till the last minute when you have had days to write an amendment...asking for every item on the wish list...even if it is preventative maintenance...not a repair or replacement...Calling a few hours before YOUR expert evaluates the  _______expecting access knowing pets and varying working hours are involved on the Seller's side....that's not playing nice in any Playing in the lot...and certainly not in a real estate transaction involving an investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

     The "takes the Cake"....and the whole bakery "demandment" read:

   "Buyer will receive a 4 hour notice before any repair/replacement is done with the right to inspect the work performed."     Say What ?

    Anyone who has lived in Wisconsin for any length of time knows that many people say..."If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes, it will change."  And so it does...degrees can drop double digits..making painting possible...Snow can come out of nowhere making exterior evaluation, repair, replacements impossible...and therefore conforming to unrealistic deadlines Wisconsin weather mapof many days before closing for completion is not realistic.  What "Demandments" like this anger the Seller(s) who have gone out of their way to accomodate the Buyers...have impeccably maintained a house....and really WANT to like the people who are becoming the new owners.  Anyone who says ..."it's just a building" doesn't belong in real estate. 

      Stress at a high not necessary....cooperation... compromise... a touch of reality ought to be what responsible agents bring to the table on behalf of their clients who profess to really, really want the house on which they have written an offer. 

      Agents and Buyers...imagine being on the other side of the transaction...this is not an's not pet obedience school where you see how fast and how high you can make the listing agent and the Seller Obedience should be a respectful, valued business transaction.  The Devil didn't "make you do it" wrote the amendment with terse language and momentary deadlines needlessly and as a result, have caused a very stressful environment for everyone involved.

     Agents shouldn't have to be reminded to be professional... polite... considerate of ALL the people  involved....should they ?  Explain to Buyers how they would feel with unnecessarily imposed time lines....a wish list that goes on forever...preventative maintenance costs put on the realistic and be rewarded with a cooperative Seller and agent. Amen and Women. Happily ever after

     This hs been a professional courtesy post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with Keller Williams Realty as a reminder to all agents...buyers and sellers...a little consideration goes a long way to making a transaction less stressful and achieving the happily ever after everyone strives to create. 


Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comment balloon 21 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • March 19 2018 02:20PM


Good morning, Sally K. & David L. Hanson life in the real estate business would run very smoothly if all parties would follow instructions and The Golden Rule...not to mention "common sense".... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 2 months ago

The gun to the head unreasoning deadlines don't help make for a fun peaceful transaction. They keep it moving or mess up the sale because folks don't like to be pushed too hard.. no need and providing for events in their life, a little slack helps the stress, reduces the coronaries.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) 2 months ago

Happy Monday Sally and David,  Stress, no reason for it, waiting till the last minute never makes sense to me at all in our business.  Make it a great day!


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 2 months ago

Thank you very much for sharing your experience. You do need to take control when there are unrealistic expectations.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

This kind of stuff is just plain rude - and unrealistic. Somebody wounds like a control freak with crazy parameters that create stress.  My goodness, where's the goodwill with those demands? 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 2 months ago

Sally and David a Real Estate transaction is stressful enough without making questionable demands.  We get to the finish line much happier and quicker if we all work towards a common goal.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 2 months ago

Seems like someone has been reading too many articles about it being a "Buyers' Market" or something, Sally K. & David L. Hanson and feeling their oats by  making demandments.  (LOVE that name!)

Why some think that unreasonable, demanding, and rude is ever the route to take mystifies me ...



Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) 2 months ago

Sally this says it all..."Agents shouldn't have to be reminded to be professional... polite... considerate of ALL the people  involved" - If only we could expect this of everyone. Unfortunately, we can't!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 2 months ago

HI Sally K. & David L. Hanson - Agents on both sidesshould be the buffer to a seamless transaction. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 2 months ago

Sometimes I get called for an inspection and the "other side" of the deal wants everything done inside of 3 days, including a radon test.  Then the seller will put a strict time of day for the inspection to happen.  Often, especially if the inspection is far from me, that isn't possible.  And the buyers, my clients, are stressed when I can't get "it" done.  Unrealistic is unrealistic.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 2 months ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson cooperation is key and why some agents have to make things difficult is beyond me!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 2 months ago

Morning Sally.

Surely the sellers did not sign off on the contract as written.  I would say unbelievable if it wasn't true

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 2 months ago

I agree with Barbara. I wish all agents would follow the golden rule

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 2 months ago

Hi Sally and David - it is sad when people can't follow the Golden Rule.  People think they can be unreasonable just because they can.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 2 months ago

Hi Sally and David.  I'm thinking this buyer would have been much better served if he just asked for some cash and made the repairs himself.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 2 months ago

Today is a very good day for you to establish a daily reblog habit.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

Sally I am a firm believer, if you treat others the way you would like to be treated things will go easier, it is not about is about kindness and courtesy, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 2 months ago

I agree with Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 .  This paragraph says it all:
Agents shouldn't have to be reminded to be professional... polite... considerate of ALL the people  involved....should they ?  Explain to Buyers how they would feel with unnecessarily imposed time lines....a wish list that goes on forever...preventative maintenance costs put on the realistic and be rewarded with a cooperative Seller and agent.

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 2 months ago

Sally, have one agent now that I hope to never co-op with again.  He answers his email when he feels like it, sometimes 3 days later.....or ever.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 2 months ago

This is very sad that someone can not put themselves on the other side and understand how unacceptable this is!

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 1 month ago

Demandments. I do not do well with demandments.
Folks who behave like the offspring of Donald Trump and Leona Helmsley on steroids need to be turned over my knee and as Les Grossman would say, you spank that a$$! And I have REALLY long fingernails that will leave a mark!
Everybody needs to be cool. This is not a bloodsport, really. 

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) about 1 month ago