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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We've heard of it - but that's called an "opportunity interview" - not a referral! 

Nov 24, 2015 10:25 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Sounds like looking a gift horse in the mouth.  Strange.

Nov 24, 2015 10:19 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If you look closely, such a response is from an agent with scorched fingers.

Fresh in their mind is how they got burned by a lead generation company that does that very thing.

Nov 24, 2015 10:15 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I usually find 2-3 agents for the client to interview, then they make the decision.  

Nov 24, 2015 10:47 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

One possible reason - Los Angeles County is such a large area -- relocating buyers might be looking in a variety of neighborhoods/areas that might not be covered by a single agent.   I'm not sure how the question was asked but I might want to know if they were looking in different areas in addition to my primary market.   

Nov 24, 2015 10:33 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Susan and David - I do the same as Joan Cox , and will give the client a couple of agents names to interview and let them make the choice who they decide they want to work with. After that, I will notify the agent they select, and prepare the referral paperwork.

Nov 29, 2015 04:53 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

As with many of the comments, it sounds as if the agent had been burned by a "multi-referral" agent in the past.  

Nov 26, 2015 12:43 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Sally. A bit of a strange question. When I refer anyone to an agent, that is the only time the client is referred, unless there is some dissatisfaction.

A wonderful Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Nov 25, 2015 07:45 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sally K. & David L. Hanson seriously, some agents do so! To make sure that they get the referral check.

I can't think of sending referral to more than one agent.

Nov 25, 2015 01:18 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I think that with broker-to-broker direct referrals that's unusual.  But with lead generation companies, that's the rule rather than the exception.

Nov 25, 2015 11:37 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I wouldn't have even thought to ask such a question!

Nov 25, 2015 10:02 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have heard other agents do this and evidently the agent you called had it happen to them.

Nov 25, 2015 09:51 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've never heard of that.  That just seems like a crappy thing to do to someone.

Nov 25, 2015 09:30 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Sounds like someone got stung

Nov 25, 2015 08:13 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

This is what some lead generation companies do, but not what I would expect from an agent to agent referral.

Nov 25, 2015 04:10 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable with that agent after that answer popped out of their mouth. I would never give a referral to 2 agents.

Nov 25, 2015 02:41 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I am going through that myself right now. The referring agent has a win win situation going here Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Nov 24, 2015 11:20 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Sounds to me like you might have made a poor choice of referral agents with this one.

Nov 24, 2015 11:12 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I would agree. Why send it out to more than one referral simultaneously?

Nov 24, 2015 11:09 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I do not either, but there are agents who DO.... one at a time.... if the buyer does not like the agent then we go to the next one....

Nov 24, 2015 10:50 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I will NOT refer to multiple agents at once. If my top choice is not available or responsive in a reasonable timeframe, to the next. THEN intro to the buyer/seller. I want to extend the utmost respect to our referral partners so they will be there for us, and reciprocate.

Nov 24, 2015 10:38 PM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

Isn't it customary to refer a client to at least 3 agents and allow them to make a choice of who they want to work with? I would presume the reason is that out of the 3 agents, at least one of them will step up to the plate and help the client out, while the other 2 would probably not follow up by calling or emailing the client.

Nov 24, 2015 10:09 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Sounds like a little self esteem!

If they had not gotten back in a timely fashion then it would be onto the next.

Nov 24, 2015 10:02 PM