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Professional Realtor or "Control Freak"?

Yesterday I called Realtor that had a home listed because there was no phone number for the sellers on the MLS listing form.  I have seen more and more Realtors submitting listings like this with no contact numbers for the sellers.  Mostly "Discount Brokers" are doing this in our area. Our MLS listings have sections for all of the sellers contact numbers.  99% of all owner occupied listings have this information posted.

My buyer only had last evening to look at homes and was making a decision on one of the homes she was planning on looking at.  I did not hear back from this Realtor I called until nearly 10:00 p.m. last night and he apologized by saying he was out of cell range all afternoon and early evening.  My buyer had already made an offer on another home.

This action of his cost his sellers a showing and a possible offer.  With all the properties on the market offered at great prices the last thing any buyer or buyers agent needs is for these kind of games to be played.  I understand there are certain situations in which the listing agent needs to take all showing calls but the vast majority of situations like these are when Realtors are just "Control Freaks" that are costing their sellers dearly.

Sellers hire us to market their homes to a ready, willing and able buyer.  When a ready, willing and able buyer raises his/her hand and wants to see your home Mr. or Mrs. Seller please think twice about allowing a Realtor to take control of the showing of your home.

 Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker 
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate.

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 19 commentsGeorge Tallabas • June 04 2008 01:08PM


George-  That's interesting.  In New Jersey we have to call the listing office in order to schedule the showing.  We never call the sellers direct unless they are listed with a MLS only type brokerage and the instructions are to call the seller direct.  Although some agents take that a step further and make all showings through them, which usually means more hoops to jump through and less of a chance you'll get your showing.  So, I do see what you mean.

Posted by Matt Moxhay, Moorestown Real Estate (Prudential Fox & Roach) almost 11 years ago

Matt - Thanks for sharing. I understand every area is different. Here in Idaho 99% of the listings have the sellers contact numbers which makes it very convenient.  We then use the lock box with with the sellers permission.  When buyers (which are rare) are qualified and ready to buy I guarantee you they will pass up any listing which is difficult to see. Have a great day.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George, in our area they go through Centralized Showing Service, a third party company, unless other instructions are on the MLS sheet. We don't need control freak Realtors.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

This is very bad for the seller.  Too bad you aren't working for them.

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) almost 11 years ago

Gary - Thank you.  I undestand every area is different.  Have a great day.

Melody - Thank you, appreciate your coments.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

We call the listing office here and seller's phone numbers are never listed anywhere.  Some agents  will only post their cell phone number on the yard sign and MLS listing and that is very frustrating when they cannot be reached and I need to show a property!  It is so unfortunate for the sellers, you are right George.

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) almost 11 years ago

Patricia - Thank you my friend. I frustrates me and buyers when we cannot get in to see a property to no end!  If sellers only knew what they were doing to themselves when they allow Realtors to control the showing of their home.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Here in Northern New Jersey it is a mixture of owners and lisitng agent phone numbers to call to make an appointment.  Depends on the seller's circumstnace is the way i always do it when listing a property.   

Our MLS has  spot where the sellers name should be listed and it is required by our MLS to list the name. I get a kick out of the agents who put "care of L/A" in this field.  Not sure what they are trying to prove. I can click on the tax information button and get the owners name! 

Posted by James Lockard, Realtor, Allendale, NJ (RE/MAX Properties - Saddle River) almost 11 years ago

James - Thanks for sharing.  My point was that in area like mine Realtors can hurt their sellers by being unavailable.  Have a great day.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Some agents are so fearful that another agent is going to "steal" their clients!  Bull!  All we really want to do is show the property! 

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Barbara - Very true my friend and these agents are not true professionals and cannot even call themselves Realtors because Realtors folllow a true code of ethics and care more about the client than they do themselves.  Have a great evening.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George - We have similar problems here in NH and with the market glutted with listings the seller agents who block showings because it is not convenient or they are busy doing something else are just losing potential sales and frustrating buyers and their agents. The big thing in this type of market is for the sellers to allow all showings in order to get their homes sold. I don't believe that most sellers realize that their agents are doing this.

Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) almost 11 years ago

Judy - Sorry to hear you are having the same issues. Thanks for checking in and take good care.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

My MLS requires the seller's ohone number. And if the seller requires no phone number, our MLS requires the sellers to provide a handwritten a letter stating they understand the problems this can create, like your situation.

Posted by Sarah Nopp almost 11 years ago

Sarah - Good morning and thanks for sharing your MLS rules.  Have a great day.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

It really frustrates me when I want to show a property and I can't get in touch with the listing agent and there are no alternatives.  In this type of market I say make the property as easy to show as possible.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 11 years ago

Stacey - Amen my friend!  Thank you.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Hopefully they don't make the same mistake twice. Second impressions are hard to come by.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic ( almost 11 years ago

Robert - Thank you and have a great weekend.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago