Annette  Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Wow, you guys are harsh.  I'm really disappointed to read most of these answers.  I guess you think that you and the whole world should work 24/7.  Think about what you're saying.

I'm with Jeff Pearl .  My first inclination is that the buyer and buyer's agent are responsible for not planning ahead, esp as they've been looking for a year, and esp as holiday weekend is approaching/here.

That aside, if there is an immediate need, go to the next one on your list and call that person to see if can be done now or else try the next one.

This to me is very poor planning and I would never blame the lender who is about to take vacation...and btw has other clients too.

I'm pretty disgusted by this.

May 27, 2016 02:41 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

My first thought is that any buyer that has been looking for nearly a year should already have a recent preapproval lettter in their possession for the price range they ar approved for. I would go with #1, but tell the loan officer that buyer is still shopping for a lender. At least the loan officer would have a chance of actually becoming the loan officer for that buyer.

May 27, 2016 12:35 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I have a lender that will get me the information I need when I need it.

May 26, 2016 11:26 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Find a new lender ASAP, Joe Petrowsky does practice in Florida, then move on to options 2 and 3.

May 27, 2016 09:34 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'd impress upon the lender that the offer is going in and they need a prequal to accompany it.  Of course, you can also contact the listing agent and see if they would be presenting over the weekend.  IF the seller is out of town (or the agent is), then Tuesday is just fine and dandy!

May 27, 2016 07:24 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I agree with Kenneth J. Jones .  A

May 27, 2016 12:07 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Refer to another lender you trust for the letter.

May 26, 2016 11:34 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Definitely find a new lender, many were working over the Holiday weekend.

May 31, 2016 12:17 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 if you have spent one year, I'd opt for #3 and work on getting pre-approval through another lender 

May 27, 2016 04:02 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

If it a lender that the other agent will recognize and respects then I will say they may wait until Tuesday. If they won't find a lender that is working.

May 27, 2016 10:59 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

As a Mortgage Broker, I make myself available all the time. A lender, if they really want your business, and value it, should understand that if you work, they should work. I would assume that since the buyers have been looking for nearly a year, so the lender has all the information on them, (and updated it), so it would really take him/her 5 minutes of their time. If a lender can not give you 5-10 minutes to get out a pre-approval, it's time to find a lender that does. Now, if the listing agent is out of town, or won't present the offer over the weekend, then Tuesday is OK, but I would still look for a better lender. That's just not the way I do business.

May 27, 2016 08:51 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

#1. It takes minutes to get( refresh provably in your case) a pro approval. Waiting till Tuesday can cost you a home. 

May 27, 2016 08:18 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kick the current lender to the curb.  If he leaves town over a long weekend without having someone covering  his business, he will not get mine.

May 27, 2016 07:49 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I would refer them to another lender that is willing to get the job done when it needs to be done, which is NOW.

May 27, 2016 06:31 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

You may b eable to leverage their existing contract somhow but that would be a stretch for most Sellers. Both, 1 & 2 would be utilized if it was me which leaves 3 by itself hanging on to a wish and a prayer.

May 27, 2016 06:16 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would get another lender.

May 27, 2016 05:11 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

2  we work all the time, if the lender wants business they could do a letter at least.

May 27, 2016 04:19 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Another lender, poor service at the start will result in poor service at the end.

May 27, 2016 03:07 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

I have buyers looking for a year. If they want a monthly updated pre-approval they must do their part. Buyers job on long term looking in tight market as follows:

1. I agree to update CG on the 15th of every month with my recent paystub and bank statements

2. I agree to respond to emails or calls in 12 hours.

3. I will not buy a car, furniture, close accounts, cosign or loan my money

4. I will stay on my job, stay the course, be kind to my spouse and pay my bills

Lender will:

a. Send updated pre-APPROVAL on the 16th of every month

b. check with buyer on shopping on the 15th of every month

c. answer emails and calls in 2 hours from 7 AM - 7 PM after hours response

time is subject to next day



Okay is it the buyers not updating lender? 

If lender worked with them for a year could they not update file?

Did buyer never go to lender (then don't make offer they aren't treating this like business and aren't ready)

May 27, 2016 03:06 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Every loan rep I know of that is worthy of the trade can tell you if someone flies or dies of course subject to the final review. I want to hear: We can do this or we cannot do this or I don't know. Getting back to me is not an option

May 27, 2016 12:57 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Tell them you want a faster turn around and whoever produces the first gets the job.

Sorry no exceptions.


May 27, 2016 12:44 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I'd get another and remove that one from the list....

May 27, 2016 12:30 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

First, it would leave a bad taste in my mouth about that lender, My preferred one always has his assistant help when he is not available. And he has built an excellent reputation that way. Isn't that how real estate works too? When buyers want to see a home this Memorial Day Weekend, do you put him/her off until you get back on Tuesday? Watch that buyer get snapped up by someone else! Service is what we sell!!!

May 27, 2016 12:24 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

It depends on my relationship with the lender if I would remove them from my list, but I would definitely have my buyers contact another lender from my list who could provide them the service they need and when they need it.

May 27, 2016 12:18 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

You could certainly do any/all of the three choices there.

But I would start with listing agent/seller. If you can provision that the Q letter will be delivered no later than EOB Tuesday, and they'll agree, you will be good. You may even ask the vacationing lender to email you that the letter is a technicality, they're not available to do it but the buyer is otherwise good to go. If it's a known local lender, perhaps that will carry some weight.

Failing that . . . NEXT lender! If the buyer wants to not lose out. I don't think it's fair to engage another lender if they're not getting to do the loan.

Doesn't it ALWAYS happen right before someone's vacation, though? ;)

May 26, 2016 11:26 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I would suggest they contact another lender - I have several just for this reason as you describe - my better ones all work if I need them to - including holidays!

May 26, 2016 11:24 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Defintely try to convince your buyer to contwact one of your trusted funding sources and get it done. She can always shop lenders after getting the home under contract.

May 26, 2016 11:21 PM