Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.)

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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

In a small market it is easy to have relationships with most of the agents. Even if I don't know them, they seem to know me sicnce I have been around so long. I write clean and easy to understand offers. No trickery from me.

May 13, 2015 01:11 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I really like clean offers.  No mucking it up seems to always make for a smoother transaction. 

May 13, 2015 10:21 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Although this has noting to do with the question, I do engage agents in a positive method to build good working relationships.

May 13, 2015 07:07 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Play chess, not tackle football.

1. Remain polite & professional.

2. All my buyers submit a photo with a letter of introduction and why they love this house.

3. Good Communication throughout the process. Starting with an offer summary-make it easy for them to accept your offer. (As a listing agent, the offer is important to me, but so is the borrower/buyer and their agent.

4. Offer accepted: send a thank you note, set the tone that this will be a smooth process.

5. Respond, don't react...problems or curve balls are inevitable; cooler heads stay creative and work the problems. I've come up with some of my best practices out of transaction issues.

6. Agents I've enjoyed working with get invited to coffee or lunch by me after close. I like to encourage professional behavior and build relationships.

May 13, 2015 01:48 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Most important is a clean offer, compolete with pre approval letter. 

May 13, 2015 10:01 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Jeff - I just try to be professional and keep in touch to see how things are going. I do not do anything to foster a relationship as there are so many agents in my area, every transaction I have I work with a new/different agent.

There are certainly some agents I wish I could do more business with.

May 13, 2015 04:22 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I'm easy to get along with. Just call me sometime and you will see that. I will work well with any agent. 

May 13, 2015 03:20 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Honestly Jeff, I work hard time after time to make sure I always do my part on whatever end of the deal I am on and I have a reputation for being easy to work with and a super high percent of my deals close once pending.  I also always thank the other agents post transaction for their efforts (in writing) and I think those things make my offers stand out.

May 13, 2015 01:55 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good communications and follow-ups.

Dec 07, 2018 08:06 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

It's business.  We don't foster anything.  Here's the offer, counter, accept or pass.

May 15, 2015 03:21 AM
Sharon Mastrianna
Long and Foster Realtor - Fairfax, VA

Remember the Golden rule - treat people the way you want to be treated, be honest and send me a clean offer - no tricks or double talk.


May 14, 2015 07:40 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Given that most successful real estate agents make up a small sandbox, it is important to be nice to everyone in the sandbox and make friends.  On this recent work trip, we heard two different stories about a successful competing agent, one loved working with her because she was fast, nice and ethical, the other accused the person of wanting to double end deals...Guess who this agent is nice to?  A

May 14, 2015 06:59 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff Dowler CRS - great question.

I do not want to sound 'desparate' for my buyers, however, I do send a Thank You email at least and perhaps a personal note if time permits.

Before submitting the offer, I'd like to know the 'sensitive' points that would help seller consider my buyer's offer. Very important to understand what sellers want in this market!

May 14, 2015 05:26 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

a good listing agent will notice the detail within the package submitted....make their job easy with as clean a deal as possible, and that offer will stand out!!

May 14, 2015 02:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Jeff -

A clean and complete offer with back-up documentation(mortgage pre-approval, proof of funds, acknowledgment of seller requests and signed disclosures if made available prior to offer submission). 

An offer synopsis highlighting the terms they can use as reference when meeting with the seller(s).

Seller choice of service providers(escrow, title) if there is no preference by buyer(s).



May 14, 2015 12:04 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Present the offer reflecting what sellers value most, agility and assurance.

May 13, 2015 11:27 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I always stay in touch with the agent and provide information in a timely manner.

May 13, 2015 09:43 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Treat them with respect and keep emotions out of the transaction.  To make my offer stand out I try for a WIN win, with the WIN on my buyers side.

May 13, 2015 09:38 PM