and you met with a couple to talk about listing their home for sale, don't you think you would contact them fairly soon thereafter, instead of waiting 2 and 1/2 weeks??!! Note: This was written just after we listed the house in July.
This team (husband and wife) told us they were leaving on a week-long vacation two days later, and that they would try hard to get something in the email to us before they left. If not, they said they would call us as soon as they returned. They called.....18 days later.
Of course we have already chosen another realtor; one who showed considerable interest in selling our home. She has been very responsive, and has initiated calls or email to us nearly every day since we told her that we would list with her.
The part that gets to me is that the other team, who have both been in real estate for many years, and who are with one of the most prestigious real estate firms in this area, should know better.
At the time they called my husband, I was brushing down the pool and writing (in my head) a letter I planned to send to the president of their firm. I thought he might like to know how they had short-changed that firm by not showing a bit more speed and enthusiasm for listing our home.
How does one get into the newspaper in the list of Top Sellers every year by such actions?
If there was some reason they were loathe to list our house, all they had to do was call or email and say "We have decided not to list your home." I would certainly have wanted to know why, but at least we would not have been hanging on by a thread - waiting for a call. It was also a bit of a disservice to the other two real estate agents with whom we met, since it caused us to delay our decision by 8 days.
All in all it is a crappy way to do business. When I was a wedding florist, if I took more than 2-3 days to get a proposal out to a bride or her mother, I was almost guaranteeing she would sign with someone else. People don't like to be kept waiting, especially when other pressing decisions depend on that one.
Those people are old enough and have enough experience in the business to know that......I still can't believe that's the way they work.