About Writing Offers Without Viewing a Home
Writing offers without viewing a home is an article that was written by Elizabeth for another publication. Believe it or not, this was written over a decade ago. This subject is as much an issue today as it was in 2007. — JaCi Wallace
“One of the services I offer my Sacramento sellers is, upon receipt of an offer, I always check MLS to find out if the buyer’s agent had accessed the lockbox. We can tell if the agent opened the box. If we have 10 offers on a home, and 9 of the agents showed it and one did not, the agent who did not show the home is at a severe disadvantage. Because we will tell the seller that her buyer has not seen the home. A buyer must see the home.
Having said that, I did buy a house in Hawaii that my husband did not see. It’s not because he didn’t have a chance to view it, it’s that he wasn’t in Hawaii and wasn’t about to fly over to the island to inspect a property that his Realtor wife had already viewed. But most buyer’s spouses are not like that. Typically, there are two decision makers.
Now, I have asked agents directly if they showed the house and they will say, “yes, the wife saw it.” So then I have to ask: did you go inside? Because I’ve had agents “clarify” when pressed that the wife had driven by. Which is different from what I asked. I was asking if the buyers were writing offers without viewing a home, and Realtors are required to tell the truth under the Realtor Code of Ethics.
Further, spouses will often use each other as excuses. Ever try to pin down a guy to an appointment time and he’ll say, “Let me check with my wife?” That means you’ll never hear from him again.
— Elizabeth Weintraub