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  • An Aggresive RE Hustler? Or Just An Unethical Licensed RE Con Man?

    Posted Under: Home Selling in California City, Property Q&A in California City  |  August 27, 2010 8:29 AM  |  1,015 views  |  2 comments
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    An Aggresive RE Hustler? Or Just An Unethical Licensed RE Con Man?

    Ever heard the one about a RE agent who hustles a client into a listing by telling him he has a buyer for his home that's willing to pay whatever he's asking just to get a listing and then brings him an offer below that number? 

    An agent shows up on my doorstep one Saturday morning (before I became a Realtor) and asks me if I'm interested in selling my home because he has a buyer who likes it and is willing to pay my price. So I say fine I'm asking 2.7 million. He says "Great! Let's write it up!"

    He then proceeds to bring me an offer far below that and suggests that I counter somewhere in between. I then tell him, irritated as I should be, that I did not ask to list my home. He solicited or should I say seduced me into listing it. I've been in my home for 30 years and had no intention of selling unless I received my Zillow "Make Me Move"price.

    Then he becomes irritated with me and insists, with almost strong arm pressure I might add that I submit a counter somewhere in between my asking price and his clients offer. While many RE professionals may think thats just good ole fashioned hustling I think itborders on unethical professional protocol if not an outright con. 

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