If you feel that you are being shut out for no good reason, then escalate your concern to the broker/manager of the office. If the transaction is in negotiation or in attorney review, you may still have the opportunity to be considered. Incidentally, if you are stonewalled, you can ask for the seller's attorney's name and submit your offer to him/her. The seller decides - and may consider your offer or hold it as backup.
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No, that is not normal. As the other agents have said all offers should be in writing with a good faith deposit and mortgage pre-approval, if applicable. If the sellers disclosure was available the agent should have forwarded you a copy and if there is no sellers disclosure the agent should have just told you that.
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Piper: You leave a couple of things open in your statement that we need to know to give you our best advice.
In the first place, have you visited NJ and seen the property? Have you met the agent? Please, please, please DO NOT contemplate any purchase until you see what is on offer and meet with several agents to determine who really wants to deliver and is able to deliver the kind of service that you need.
You're investing far too much money to do this totally by remote control. Otherwise, you could just send me the money and I'll be sure to take care of it for you. (Does that that like a deal you can only get in Nigeria?)
The agent does not sound as if she takes you seriously. Any agent in this state would laugh at a verbal first offer. It is in the category of "just talk."
Law in this state does not mandate disclosures and just how seriously you can take them depends solely on the honesty of the seller. Not only on honesty but it also depends on the knowledge of the mechanics of home construction and the seller's judgment of conditions. Would you depend on an somewhat confused 80 year old person, now in a nursing home, to really know the condition of his or her property?
The standard procedure is that you should offer a contract of sale, along with assurances of financial ability to really "offer" on a property. The contract would have all of the description of the deal, who does what and when and what is truly on offer.
Please get yourself an agent who will work with you educate you and follow your directions exactly. You are the boss and if the agent does not do as you tell them to, you can dismiss them.
I have been doing this business for several decades - i'm a third generation broker. BOY has this business changed.
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You need to know if an offer was submitted, was it accepted (offer and acceptance). If that has happened, it would be in attorney review for 3 days, during which time the home is not considered under contract and depending on the seller, other offers may be considered.
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