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

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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

First step: Since he is getting in touch with YOU, I would call him and ask why he does not ask his agent to send this information since, presumably, the agent has the same information available. And I would tell him about the problem about interfering in a client relationship. Second step: There may not be one!

Oct 20, 2016 01:17 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I am hardcore... sorry Mr buyer you need to choose my services or the other agent's but you can not just have me provide you something that your agent obviously does not know how to provide you with... so the short answer is NO me or the other agent period....

Oct 20, 2016 04:06 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

In the instance you describe, I always tell them that I'm unable to work with them because they have an agency relationship with someone else, and their agent will have to provide the search. Your liability, IMHO, is greater interacting with someone else's client than the likelihood of picking up a client. 

Oct 20, 2016 01:18 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It depends... afterall, they called you and not you them. It's not considered agent interference if a seller calls you while still listed to discuss their situation. Is this person actually  under an exclusive agency agreement with another agent or just "working" with them? I'd still strongly suggest to these people that they address their questions to their agent.

Oct 20, 2016 05:09 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I don't know Debbie, good question. I know we both use Market Leader. I keep getting people who say they are working with another agent. I email them (no phone number) and ask nicely if they are looking for.information or maybe a more aggressive Realtor in me. 

If they do not answer I delete them.

Is that the wrong approach?

Oct 20, 2016 01:11 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

NO. You have an agent, use their resources. Unplug. We are busy with our own clients. Your agent has no resources? That's a shame.

Oct 20, 2016 05:35 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds - as long as it is automated! Who knows one day they will come to you!

Oct 20, 2016 03:55 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I would look for his agents website and see if there is a reason he isn't getting info from that site. But I wouldn't care if he used my site to search for homes. I just wouldn't initiate any contact with him. If he cheats on his current agent, he'll cheat on you.

Oct 20, 2016 08:50 PM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

I tell him I am happy to help, as soon as he signs a buyer-broker contract with me.

Would you date a married person?

Oct 20, 2016 07:53 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Send him the properties.

Oct 20, 2016 02:29 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I would let them know they need to contact their agent & explain why.   

Oct 20, 2016 01:27 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I would let the other agent know to avoid any misconceptions

Oct 20, 2016 01:25 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I think that it is probably is analogous to talking to a seller who has a listing agreement in place after the seller contacts you - but I still think it is a tough call. 

Oct 20, 2016 12:51 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Great question an no right answer. I would keep sending information becasue if the other agent is not client friendly or offers the same abliity to find what they are looking for through that agent, I become the one who makes it simple for them, and have a chance at them. it really doesn't require any effort.

Oct 20, 2016 12:33 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Great responses here.  I am inclinded to go with Mimi Foster and Endre Barath, Jr. 

Oct 21, 2016 02:15 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

At some point, users of agents services need to be made aware, membership has it's privileges.

"Sometimes you have to make up your mind..

Say yes to one, leave the others behind."

This is a business, not a hobby.


Oct 21, 2016 12:09 AM
Foster Smith Summerville
Carolina One Real Estate - Summerville, SC
Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor

I follow up with everyone that emails me. As others have mentioned, I would direct him back to his agent. I've been in the business a long time and know most of the agent's names that get mentioned. It is well worth it to direct them back in the long run. I sometimes will even call the agent if I know them well and mention their client reached out to me and I directed them back to them. Real Estate is much more than just our relationship with our clients, our other realtors are going to be in business with us long after clients come and go. Being a trustworthy agent is very key to longterm success.

Oct 20, 2016 09:37 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I would not email him .

Oct 20, 2016 08:39 PM
Toronto, ON

It would be interference if the situation fell under the laws and regulations of the relevant jurisdiction.

Oct 20, 2016 05:04 PM
Aaron Mtuanwi
LBBM Brokers, Inc - Lawrenceville, GA
INSPIRED TO SERVE Atlanta, GA [Metro Atlanta Area]

No Agent Interference would be the right answer. I'll go further and state that I also work with buyers that do not want to continue their relationship with their agent and willing to sign up for my service after successfully terminating their brokerage agreement (usually tough to do) I am sure that I am offering them something their agent cannot and I pay to provide such web service.

Oct 20, 2016 02:12 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

You can casully mention I am kind of busy doesn't he help you?


Oct 20, 2016 02:10 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Several great answers and I handle these types of situations similarly to Hella and Noah.

Oct 20, 2016 01:35 PM
Richard and Jean Murphy
Harborview Properties - Portland, ME
(207) 712-4796

I would tell him to contact his agent for information.

Oct 23, 2016 10:15 PM
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

I would send him the list, with a comment that I would let his agent know what he is looking for. 

Then I would email his agent and attach the list.

Oct 22, 2016 02:15 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 have only had one person ever TELL me they were working with another REALTOR, and they stopped searching on my site.

Oct 22, 2016 08:33 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I would not 

Oct 21, 2016 11:04 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I will send the properties to them after I get the e-mail of the agent they are working with

Oct 21, 2016 09:20 AM
Andy Madrid
Hawaii Coast Realty, LLC - Kailua-Kona, HI
Expertise, Professionalism, and Service

I would ask him why he didn't request the information from his agent.  Alot of the searches can be automated so it's not much of an effort anyway.  I'm more inclined to redirect him back to his agent unless he has stated that he is open to working with multiple agents - then you have to decide how much time you want to invest.  I have met several people who tell me "I'll work with the agent that finds me the best deal."  I dont invest too much energy in those people because I want to build relationships with my clients.  I want them to refer me to their friends.

Oct 21, 2016 08:31 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I would call him back and find out why his agent is not providing him the list. 

Oct 21, 2016 07:57 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Tell him that he will have to switch agents or have his agent provide the info.

Oct 21, 2016 06:28 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I will most likely set him up on the search from my web site.  It's no big deal.  Especially since he's being honest about it.

Oct 21, 2016 05:10 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I think it would be interfering, if he's telling the truth. May want to find out why his agent is not providing this info.

Oct 21, 2016 04:14 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds It is more than agent interference if they have a BBA with the other agent. Send them back to their agent.

Oct 21, 2016 03:53 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I tell them that I'd be happy to be their agent and work with them to find them the right property.  They would need to stop working with the existing agent and I would make someone in this instance sign a buyer/broker agreement.

Oct 21, 2016 03:36 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

No I do not - I tell him he should be using his agents resources and if he is unhappy with their service I would be glad to work with him

More often than not the response is - "My agent had a crappy site and yours is much better".


Oct 21, 2016 03:07 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I would suggest he get this information from his agent.  If his agent is unable or unwilling to get this to him, why is he working with him/her? 

Oct 21, 2016 03:03 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I have to agree with others to state that use my services or current agent.

Oct 21, 2016 01:59 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When I sense a lack of transparency, personal red flag for me. Why do this?

Oct 21, 2016 12:11 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

"Do you have a signed Buyer Broker Agreement with the other agent you mentioned?"

If "No" - then "sign one with me if you want my help..."

Oct 21, 2016 12:04 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

Tell to call his agent as you only work with people what know you, like you and want to work with you .

Oct 21, 2016 12:01 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I would refer him back to his agent for a special search.

Oct 20, 2016 11:48 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I love the hardcore response from Endre Barath, Jr. These buyers need to walk a mile in our shoes and see how it feels to be used, and abused, then thrown under the bus.

Oct 20, 2016 11:23 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Since he emailed you, I'd email back asking why doesn't he ask his agent.  His answer(if any) will likely bring you to the second step.  Good luck.  

Oct 20, 2016 11:04 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

You need to choose! Choose wisely!

Oct 20, 2016 10:53 PM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®


I will call the other agent and informed them that their buyer has contacted me. It is the best way to get the scoop. I do not like to be burned and I do not like to see others be burned either.

Oct 20, 2016 10:48 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I would send in my listings and explain they need to contact their agent for listings. If that relationship ends, i would be happy to assist them

Oct 20, 2016 10:39 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Ask if they are committed to the other agent instaead of working with and the truth will come out faster! Your site is probably better to work with.

Oct 20, 2016 10:31 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I think he is expecting you to be greedy for his business. I would come right out & ask why he isn't calling his agent. If they can't give the info that he wants, they shouldn't be working together.

Oct 20, 2016 10:12 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's of no use to you, unless the only listings he's seeing are yours...

Oct 20, 2016 09:59 PM
LeAnn Sink - Realtor Knoxville, TN
United Real Estate Solutions - Knoxville, TN
#ThinkSink when you need an agent.

How do you really know if they are actually working with that agent or not? Buyers are liars and they say all kinds of things for all kinds of wacky reasons. Since he approached you and you didn't solicit him, I say work it and potentially turn him into a client. Make him sign a buyer's exclusive first.

Oct 20, 2016 09:41 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If he's working with an agent, I'd ask him to contact his agent for listings/alerts. He can also set up the same thing with one of the "those" sites. But he shouldn't be getting info from us if he's working with someone else.

Oct 20, 2016 09:06 PM
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

Sorry we can't talk because you already are working with an agent. If that changes give me a call I have a form you can sign.

Oct 20, 2016 09:04 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Good question Debbie Reynolds and lots of interesting answers.  I might just ignore his request.

Oct 20, 2016 08:56 PM