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Real Estate Agent requests

Original post made by resident, Birdland, on May 29, 2012

Is it now normal for a real estate agent to request for a family to move out of their home while it is on the market for sale? Why would an agent even suggest this or think the family can afford it?


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Posted by not a fan
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

If you are using a certain downtown realtor then he might suggest that. Of course, one beautiful home in Pleasanton sat on the market as his listing for over two years so that would have been horrible for the sellers. When they finally wised up to his inability to sell, they listed with someone else and sold within 30 days.
Get references! It has nothing to do with what is reasonable or affordable. It has everything to do with the 6% commission.

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Posted by Melanie
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I had this horrible experience as well with a Pleasanton Prudential Realtor (not downtown). She basically wanted to come in and have all of her “preferred associates” do useless things like paint designer colors on the walls and bring in staging furniture. I started to think she must be getting kick backs or maybe free services of her own from her “preferred associates”. By you moving out it makes it easy for agents to have the place shown at anytime. These practices are completely for their own personal gain and convenience. My suggestion is that you find a Realtor who’s first priority is servicing and representing your family's needs. Good Luck. It’s still rough out there, even in this market, finding good honest agents, brokers and lenders.

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Posted by Kangaroo
a resident of another community
on May 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Melanie, was her name Liz?

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Posted by Melanie
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm

No. The good thing is that the Realtor I referred to is no longer in the Pleasanton area. Unfortuately I am sure there are many more Realtor's just like her still out there. Like 'not a fan' commented it's all about the money for even the people that are supposed to be on your side.

Maybe some people out there have a some good stories they can share and can recommend a good Realtor? I haven't found anyone that I would send any of my friends/family to yet...but they must exist!

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Posted by Tami
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on May 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Realtors are creepy. They completely lose sight of the fact that the houses are our homes. It never fails, I always feel violated by realtors. If a realtor asked me to move out I would not waste a minute changing realtors, they are a dime a dozen.

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Posted by New in Town
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

We had an awesome realtor when we moved here. She works very hard and is very compassionate. She knows her business. Her name is Diane Sass at J Rockliffe realtors. You can google her. She is highly recommended and has awesome Yelp reviews.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 30, 2012 at 10:08 am

I have used Deb Rebhahn for my real estate needs (as has much of my family/friends). She is a great down to earth realtor that works hard to find out your needs and is flexible when selling a home with a family living in it (having lived through it a couple years ago I know it can be stressful keeping your home in a showable state with young kids). Give her a call and see if she is right for you, 217-5082.

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Posted by Drexl
a resident of Ironwood
on Jun 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

They are selling your house not your life. I find it amusing to see homeowners hanging out during open houses; if you do not want to move out, I hope at least people go out to a movie or something during their open house. We moved in our new home, while we were selling our old home, and worked out great. Otherwise, every day, having to clean up after kids, and have it ready to show at moment's notice, yes, I definitely see a huge advantage of not having the home lived in as you are trying to sell. If you are serious about selling, consider moving out.

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Posted by Raven Road Resident
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm

My Raven Road Neighbor did move out of his home per request of agent jackie BYerly. Although she probably didnt know he had health issues, the move and other circumstances proved costly to his health and he has since passed away. A person's home is their home, even when they have signed with an agent. Agents need to respect that.