Tammy Lankford,, Broker  GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)

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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
There's no place like home.

I'm sure I have.  I can't think of the specific instances (plural, 'cause I'm sure it's happened more than once).  I don't have a lot of energy to fight ignorance... as you point out... it's easier to just fill out both amendments.

- heavy sigh -

Sep 22, 2020 05:52 AM
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

No, I'm always happy to make time to prove you are wrong.  😂🤣😉

Sep 22, 2020 06:08 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sometimes that is the easier way - pick your battles.

Sep 22, 2020 05:44 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

What about making it efficient? Sounds like someone who likes to do things the hard way or 'the way it's always been done'.

Sep 22, 2020 06:37 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Alan May covered it well including the "sigh"!

Sep 22, 2020 05:58 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I usually opt to educate the other person if something can be done in a simpler manner, but I totally get not wanting to take extra time to explain and or argue with someone that doesn't know what they are doing or might be set in their ways.

Sep 22, 2020 05:53 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Some issues are worth the "battle" others not so much in order to close the transaction.

Sep 22, 2020 04:26 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Like you, I've learned to pick my battles! While this is not a battle, some agents just don't want to learn of a different way to do things. I call it stuck in a rut!

If I'm talking to them and feel they may be open to learning, I will take that teaching moment. Otherwise, like you, if it accomplishes the same goal and they've already gotten their signatures, I just follow suit! 

Sep 22, 2020 06:41 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Perhaps the other agent had a purpose for wanting two separate amendments and that reason was not discussed.

Sep 22, 2020 06:37 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

It has been my experience that many agents want to short cut or fight the process and not provide what the other agent considered to be important documentation. Why fight with them? We're supposed to be working together for the benefits of our clients

Sep 22, 2020 07:45 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Human nature is packed with the point being made by you...Often, it is prudent to proceed without an explanation than with one

Sep 22, 2020 06:03 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I like to show my agents the right way to do it. Sometimes it is easier in that cas eto just have it signed, but i like them to know what is right and what wrong, as well as what is easier and why

Sep 22, 2020 05:19 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Tammy Lankford, 

You handled this well.   You understood the need to be right is outweighed by the competitive nature of representing a buyer in a hot seller's market, and acquiescing to the demand of the listing agent in no way causes prejudice to your client.

You also understood that listing agent isn't wrong per se, or you wouldn't have complied.   An extra amendment was unnecessary, as you said, but not actually wrong.  In this case, the path of least resistance was the way to go.


Sep 22, 2020 02:37 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I've found that agents from different brokerages and their transaction coordinators can have different requirements in order to complete their file. There are times when I have balked on behalf of my clients because it put my clients at potential risk down the road.  They THEN said, but then YOU have to sign on their behalf.  UH...UH.  So, as Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist says in her comment, it may come back to bite us.

Sep 22, 2020 09:02 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Don't know if it would apply in all states but I learned from my risk management attorney why doing what you describe may come back and bite us in the arse. 

Sep 22, 2020 08:18 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I do not do well with "dummy" agents...especially if it is regarding contracts.

How can you try to convince someone that slept through the class?

I don't argue...I just prove them wrong.

I refuse to do stupid things just to be a pal...


Sep 22, 2020 07:42 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Nothing comes to mind but no doubt I have. Some arguments are not worth having in the interest of keeping things moving forward, even if you are right!

Sep 22, 2020 07:17 AM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102

Tammy, here two amendments might be used if one were a price adjustment needed by lender and if the other amendment involved certain personal items or other topic not monetarily significant. 

This might happen when parties wish to document agreed responsibilities not addressed in the standard agreement of sale.

Sep 22, 2020 02:25 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Oh yes. Sometimes it is just easier to let someone else smush the shit out of the dumb agent doing things wrong and just get your deal closed.

They can be wrong and enjoy their wrongness. Sooner or later they will end up in a pickle and it won't be on my deal as it will be done!

Sep 22, 2020 10:11 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I make the trade-off decision more often than I'd like.  Would require educating the state association and a whole lot of agents on some forms.

Sep 22, 2020 10:57 PM
Jerrill Ewing
N & J Lake Properties, LLC - Eatonton, GA

I need to know who this was

Sep 22, 2020 03:51 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good advice. Just Do IT! 

Sep 22, 2020 08:06 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

An alternative way is not equal to a WRONG way.
The way I do things is always the RIGHT way in my world, but my world is not very crowded.
As long as the alternative does not end with repeating efforts, I will go along.

Sep 24, 2020 05:47 AM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

I make things more difficult on myself quite often.  Not by design, just by nature.

Sep 23, 2020 02:27 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Not usually because they need to be educated in efficiency and not wasting resources.  You can't really fix stupid but you can say you tried.

Sep 23, 2020 07:51 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I would have just written the one amendment, explained why, and suggested they talk to my broker if they need more explanation on this.

Sep 22, 2020 10:44 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Sure....chose and move... is how I think of that stuff.  Some folks take way to much time and waste my time and others.  But, had it been an agent that worked for us, that would have been different. I would insist they do it correctly and there were consequences if not done on time.

Sep 22, 2020 03:21 PM