What happens if you find a house you really like and you try calling or emailing that house’s listing agent but they don’t answer?
This situation sounds like something that never happens, but let me tell you something—it happens all the time. Roughly 90% of all people who get their real estate license are only in the business for less than five years, which means that potentially 90% of the people you interact with in the real estate business are unqualified.
A listing agent might become unresponsive for a number of reasons, such as:
1. They’re greedy. They already have an offer and they don’t want to waste their time with another. It might not be a good offer, but they don’t care.
2. They’re not efficient with technology. In this case, you have to call them or double-check that their contact information is correct.
3. They’re protecting a direct deal. This means they have a buyer they don’t have to “co-broke” with and they don’t want to bring any other buyers or their agents into the fold because they don’t want to submit any other offers. Even if they signed a contract that says they won’t do this, they still might.
"Roughly 90% of the people you potentially interact with in the real estate business are unqualified."
To clarify, this 90% also comprises the 80% of agents who do less than 20% of the overall business, meaning that 80% of the overall business is done by the 20% of all agents who are experienced, work on teams, and play fair.
When we encounter a situation where a listing agent goes MIA, we try and follow up with them by calling, texting, and/or emailing. If they’re still unresponsive after about four or five attempts within a certain time frame, we call their manager. Whenever you hire a real estate brokerage to sell a property, you’re not hiring an individual agent—you’re hiring a company. If a corporate agent doesn’t return my call, I call their corporate manager and tell them what’s going on.
This practice is commonly discouraged in the brokerage community, and as your broker, I would never let that happen to you. Finding the home you love is an emotional process, and you have to fight to win it. We will always fight for you.
If you have any other questions about unresponsive listing agents or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in our market, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to speak with you!