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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Happens all the time up here!  BA must believe they have psychic powers to mind meld with Sellers,  ha ha

Not going to happen with my listings: all my Sellers sign a document at time of listing, that specifies all offers are to be presented to me, in person or forwarded by email, docusign, etc. 

Feb 21, 2020 09:53 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

This was certainly the case when I started in real estate and fell out of favor with the coming about multiple offers(often tens of offers and more) but occasionally it has occurred for lots of reasons.  It's the seller's decision but choosing "battles to fight" is just one of the tactics that is used and useful in this or any industry.  

Feb 21, 2020 10:06 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Used to be the way it was done, back in the days before pagers and cell phones.  You'd be working on a counter offer on the hood of your car with your clients because the first one back got the house.

Now - I've never heard of it happening and my clients have already instructed me to deny any requests.  All offers go through me, that's the rule.  I also have authority to reject any offers below a certain dollar value.

Feb 21, 2020 10:15 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Never or maybe not yet. 

Feb 21, 2020 09:54 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

No-one requested it of me, but I have done the requesting, which was granted and the presentation went well; the listing agent was present.  My buyers got the home in a multiple offer situation.

Feb 21, 2020 10:00 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Requested?  About 18 months ago. It was one of those situations I call exotic, where the person touring the house is the one presenting the offer but an insurance company is actually buying and renting it back to shill buyer.

It had a scammy feel to it but it worked out although there were WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THE KITCHEN.

Feb 21, 2020 08:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It hasn't happened to me here in CA (so that's since 2005), but back in Boston I presented a couple of offers in person...successfully. But that's it.

Feb 21, 2020 12:16 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I get that request maybe once every year or two. sellers always so "no". i ask at listing appt so I already know what the answer will be from seller.

Feb 21, 2020 11:15 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

There was a time when we presented all of our offers in person or on the phone with seller and agent.  Otherwise, our offers would not have been presented at all.  I have not done that for probably 20 years.

Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, go read the NAR code of ethics.  Buyer agents are allowed to present offers to seller ( with LA present) and it is not up to the listing agent to say no.

Can the seller refuse?  Sure...but why would they?  The buyer might just get miffed and go elsewhere to buy...and it might have been a great offer.

The only pushback we got was from the listing agent, never the seller. Some listing agents think they must control everything...even when it is not in the best interest of the seller.

The most interesting thing was that we did our research and always knew more about the property than the listing agent...maybe that is why some LA's have a problem with it.


Feb 21, 2020 10:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

In 26 years it's never happened to me even once.

Feb 21, 2020 10:28 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

On man it was literally in 1994! That's a long time ago. The agent was such a pushy jerk and the sellers didn't appreciate his stance. Offer didn't fly.

Feb 21, 2020 10:17 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It's happened and I said NO! That is why they hired me and it's not a FSBO.

Feb 21, 2020 12:06 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

decades ago a buyer agent wanted to present their offer personally to the seller because I rejected it on the strength that the offer made was weak with nothing against the agent personally.  I told the agent this. Still the agent demanded and insisted. I wanted to diffuse this legally and morally so I presented the offer to my client, explored it, pointed out why it won't work, had my client agree and in GIANT LETTERS across the offer front page wrote REJECTED with seller initials and faxed it!....end of story

Feb 21, 2020 10:31 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

2006 - I remember it like it was yesterday! I facilitated the presentation and all went well but, haven't had anyone ask since.

Feb 21, 2020 11:33 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

No one has ever asked this of me, but if they did, I'd say "Sure!" And I'd let my sellers know how this process works. 

Feb 21, 2020 06:26 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

18 years since I did that or had it done.

But, I'd love it if someone wanted to do that!

Feb 21, 2020 05:50 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I never have had this request, but one time a Listing agent requested that I present the offer.    (she was new)

Feb 21, 2020 04:00 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

With the combination of technology and a lot of absentee owners in my area, it's practically unheard of. A LOT more than 10 years for me - closer to 20 

Feb 21, 2020 03:24 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have not had that happen. A

Feb 21, 2020 01:00 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

One time... Many years ago...  late 90's  I let it happen because she knew the sellers but she made such a poor presentation they refused to sell it to the buyers

Never did that again!

Feb 22, 2020 01:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I do not recall having this situation.

Feb 22, 2020 11:00 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

It has been a long, long time since I heard of anyone requesting this.

Feb 22, 2020 08:45 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Just a few months ago. I was surprised as well. The request was denied by the seller.  I did promise the Buyers Agent that I would present the letter the buyers wrote and prove that I did so by having the seller initial it.

Feb 22, 2020 08:22 AM
Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

Most of all, was it a good offer?

Feb 22, 2020 08:17 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

At least 10 years.

Feb 22, 2020 06:08 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Oh so many years ago. Things have changed. The deal is in the four corners of the contract. Business is business.

Feb 22, 2020 05:18 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I only had this request once back in around 1997.  The offer was accepted and that same agent lead to the failure of the escrow.  I don't like it at all because another agent shouldn't be attempting to persuade my client.  It is something I want to present and go over the details, pluses and minuses in private.  We can then come up with a well thought out response or acceptance.

Feb 22, 2020 05:41 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I've only had that request twice in my career... and it's been easily 15-20 years since anyone asked.

Feb 22, 2020 11:47 AM