The Buyers’ Agent Strikes Back

This strategy isn’t going to work. I’ll tell you that up front. But, if nothing else, it’s a symbolic effort on the part of the buyers.

We submitted an offer on a short sale today, full price and cash. We almost immediately received a multiple counter offer with a response deadline of Tuesday.

Tuesday, as in four days from now.

In went our highest and best with one important clause – we’re giving the seller until noon tomorrow to accept our highest and best, which is a bit above asking price.

Basically, if the seller has a better offer in hand or thinks he can do better, fine. But if he’s rolling the dice on the advice of his agent and doesn’t end up with a higher offer by Tuesday, then comes looking to us for an accepted deal … it’s over, Johnny.

Enough of the games. Enough of the deceit. Enough of the pointless greed. Especially on a short sale, where the seller benefits not a whit from the final sales price.

Take the offer or not. I no longer give a damn about the reindeer games.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at