I don't know if y'all live in another country but in the US it is very common for real estate agents to give appraisals and advice in an effort to become the listing agent.
Part of interviewing an agent is finding out what they think your home is worth. They pull comparables and offer options. This is all before they are hired.
So, I dont understand where this attitude is coming from that provoding that information is somehow working for free. The nature of the business is that you get paid when and if the house sells.
I had an agent represent me for 7 months. The house did not sell in that time. We had even extende the contract by one month. One night before the end of the contract an offer was about to come in, Th agent begged me to "just work that offer" and the answer was "no."
So, technically, he not only worked for 7 months without getting paid, but it cost him money to list the house , etc. Was it unethical? No. Did I take advantage of him? No. Should I have paid him something? No.
The house sold less than 40 days later with a different agent.
Its the way the industry works.
Agents are not paid for their advice, they are paid for actually selling and marketing a home. it is also common for agents to advertise that someone can find out how much their home is worth in an effort to get a foot in the door-- and this even for people who are not really considering selling their home at all!
Yes and I will do that as well, however
, the understanding is that I actually have a shot at the business and potentially, the opportunity to, in the future, earn a paycheque. If I know for certain going in that this is not the case, of course I'm not going to do it. Why would I? I'm in this business to earn a living, not for charity. Furthermore, it wasn't just some faceless agent she was taking advantage of (although that would be bad enough). There was an established relationship
, one that, for the sake of our daughters' friendship, should not have been put in jeopardy with this request.
She and her husband had every intention of using Real Estate Agent A, not me
, should they be unable to sell privately. Therefore, she should never have made the call to me. It's no different than if they used me to show them a bunch of houses, using up my time and gas, all the while having every intention to use Real Estate Agent A to put in their offer and earn the commission. You could say it was my fault for not having "sold myself" to them while driving them around or not having locked them in to a commission earning buyer agency agreement beforehand and I suppose to a certain degree you would be correct. However, I say it's them acting on bad faith
and shame on them for doing it.
If she was on the fence about who she was going to hire and was giving me the opportunity to earn her business, then by all means. This was not the case here, she knew that right from the start and that is why her actions were, IMO, wrong.