Tick tock tick tock tick tock …

… the clock continues to run and yet there is no response forthcoming. State statutes account for this situation though I’m not certain whether it’s best to invoke the rules.

Thursday evening I submitted an offer on a short sale on behalf of one of my clients. Since then, I’ve called to make sure it was received. I’ve sent e-mails. And yet there’s no word from the listing agent indicating that they are alive, much less that the offer has been presented to the seller.

According to the state, I can go to the seller’s home and present the offer myself … if there were contact information on the MLS, I’d be tempted to avail myself of that option. And I still might, making the 20-mile drive down to the seller’s doorstep to at least make sure the offer has been presented.

What should the minimum expectation be for your the agent listing your home? Setting aside the rules that say offers are to be presented in a timely fashion, shouldn’t your agent answer a phone call or e-mail from an agent with a buyer who wants to buy your home?

Agent reviews and online statistics are great, but tell me where this level of incompetence would be displayed anywhere …

In the interim … tick tock, tick tock, tick tock …

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 allphoenixrealestate.com.


  • VickiLloyd 6 years ago

    If it weren’t a short sale, I would be very tempted to drive over to present the offer.  BUT since it is a short sale, you don’t really know if it’s real, or just another deadbeat seller trying to squat in their home for a few more months and they don’t really care if it sells or not!  (There are several other ways that the seller or agent could be playing games about the sale too!) 

  • Jonathan Dalton 6 years ago

    Too true.

  • Teresa Boardman 6 years ago

    this is so common in my market I guess I stopped noticing it. I just let the buyer know up front that his/her offer may be ignored.  The agents all say the same thing and that is that they are short sale wizards and they have bank approval and there will be a quick turn around. just words 

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