Skipping past the original question on Trulia Voices, which dealt with a lender wanting to see a new roof before funding a loan, this note from the seller was striking:
Thank you all for your input! I don’t trust my agent for advice. He had assured us it was sold. Come to find out, he has ZERO experience. He has shown no concern for our well being and seems much more interested in appeasing the buyer and their agent..we are his first and ONLY listing!
The obvious question here … why was the agent hired in the first place? If it was a recommendation from a friend, have a long conversation with that friend. If it was your hairdresser’s niece’s brother’s girlfriend’s cousin’s aunt … the blame falls on the seller.
There’s no reason not to have some idea of your agent’s credentials, not with this little thing called Google. Asking for recommendations from friends is great – I did it myself with success before I was in this business – but make sure there’s some substance behind the referral as well.
Every agent has to have their first-ever listing; you just don’t necessarily have to be the one who helps them break their maiden.