The real estate market around the country has changed and according to the Real Estate Journal, the role of Realtors has changed as well. The journal has an interesting story out today and says that Realtors are now doing these following chores on vacant and occupied homes they have listed:
- Organizing yard sales
- Retrieving false teeth!
- Cleaning debris out of crawl areas
- Boarding animals
- Babysitting rats!
I have also heard of Realtors in California paying for the staging of homes at the demand of their sellers.
Many Realtors that are doing these extra chores for their sellers support their acts by saying they will do anything to make a sale in this competitive market. They say if they don't do extra tasks for sellers they put themselves in the position of loosing a transaction.
On the other side of the coin there is a Realtor that was asked by a potential seller to drive him home from his colonoscopy. She declined and she lost the listing because she declined. This Realtor and others which are declining say they are licensed Realtors, not handymen or delivery personnel. They say when they start doing these tasks they are doing them at a great risk saying E&O insurance does not cover these tasks that are not related to buying or selling real estate.
This same article also talks about the diminishing role for Realtors due to sites like Trulia and Zillow that encourages buyers and sellers to connect without the use of a Realtor.
Have you done any of these extra tasks to keep a seller or buyer happy and to keep a transaction together? Do you think it is O.K. or are you worried at all about liability?
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