Asked by Buyer, • Thu May 29, 2008
agent called us about another house we liked but which was above our budget by $40,000 (total price $650,000.) The house had been on the market for a while. She offered to call the listing agent and ask if the owners would consider a lowball offer. We agreed. She called back the next day and said she had no answer yet but had prepared the paperwork for the sale, just in case they said yes. We assumed that if they did accept we would go to her her office and sign a new contract.
We found out a few days later that she had in fact delivered that second offer the day she called, either forging our signatures or the names of the sellers on the last page of the contract. To this day we don't have a copy of the offer (which was rejected). We fired the agent -- but in an email she claims she went out of her way to help us find a home...
We're new to this country. Experts and home buyers, in your experience, is this current practice? Acceptable? Dishonest? Wrong?
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