Dana Hollish Hill, REALTOR * Broker * Coach (Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I present my buyers' Offers to the LA. I've only had one buyers' agent request to present an Offer in-person and of course, I said that was fine and I was there with them. 

The sellers said, "Thank you. We will review this with our agent and she will get back to you shortly." Sellers are inexperienced in negotiations so, it's not wise to have them negotiate with the other agent.

Aug 26, 2017 10:35 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Email seems to be the accepted way, but in person can be much more effective.

Aug 26, 2017 11:04 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

That was they way of things back in the day. Yes...I used to up until about 2001, then that became impractical with the spike in the market...there was simply no time. Plus, many of the CA sellers didn't even live in CA.

Aug 26, 2017 11:26 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

No & No. Ancient history about driving offers anywhere. I would not let a buyers agent preent an offer but it is the sellers decision ultimately. 

Aug 27, 2017 05:43 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That would be extremely rare in our market today Dana Hollish Hill and it has been as far back as I can remember unless it was something unusual like a contract for deed offer.

Aug 27, 2017 04:38 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

In 25 years I've never presented an offer in person... and I've never been asked to allow it on my listings.

Aug 27, 2017 04:15 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I never have but it can be requested but I haven't had anyone do it.

Aug 27, 2017 04:05 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dana Hollish Hill - never done that. On few occasions, I felt the offer was NOT presented at all!

Aug 26, 2017 10:52 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Dana Hollish Hill 

I've never had a buyer agent ask to present their clients offer in person, and, I have never asked. 

Aug 27, 2017 05:49 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

All my offers are done electronically with follow-up via phone/email. No sense in having technology if I am not going to use it.

Aug 27, 2017 05:48 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

This has not been  customary practice in my market for decades.

Aug 27, 2017 04:39 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

(1) No. Sellers agent recieves the offers normally. (2) Seller decides. Over the last 10+ years, no sellers ever wanted the buyers agent to present the offer directly to them.

Aug 27, 2017 02:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It used to be common in my market to present offers in person.  Real estate practice and the world continues to change and while it has happened(albeit rarely) in recent years, the practice is pretty much non-existent.   If the request was made and the the concept hadn't been discussed with the seller, I would ask them.  I find most sellers prefer a spreadsheet to review and then decide to delve into the nitty-gritty of the offer(s) they may want to consider.

Aug 27, 2017 06:57 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No.  I do ask the other agent if the suggestion of acceptance of our offer will be made.

Aug 27, 2017 05:49 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Not in a long time.  I email them to the LA,  make a phone call to confirm receipt, then text or email as necessary.

Aug 27, 2017 05:44 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Yes, I have allowed it.  A

Aug 27, 2017 05:34 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

No and No.

Aug 27, 2017 09:14 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

In the old days I always presented my own contracts, otherwise the seller would not see it.

The code of ethics DOES ALLOW the BA to present their own contract.  If I had a dumb LA refuse, my client would withdraw the offer...then what?

LA's needs to stop being so insecure...



Aug 27, 2017 08:04 AM
Shawna Purnell
Klacik Real Estate - Poland, OH

I email mine to the listing agent. My priority is typically to get it submitted as fast as possible in this competitive market. I usually also call or send a text to let them know that it was sent.

Aug 27, 2017 07:48 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I have seller clients I've known for several years, whose faces I've never seen because everything is done remotely. Only on very rare occasion have I presented an offer in person with seller present. One time sticks out in my mind--foreign seller was insulted by the offer that I presented and laid me out, assisted by her foreign-born agent. I actually thought both of their heads would explode, although I didn't clearly understand what they were saying. Straight out of Mars Attacks. 😈

Aug 27, 2017 07:47 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Most offers are given to the seller by their listing agent. But every once in a very rare while, we have a buyer's agent ask to present the offer to our seller. We accommodate this request if possible.

Aug 27, 2017 07:43 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Waste of time. Buyer should make their highest and best offer. Sellers get annoyed when the buyer's agent imposes a personal presentation meeting. It will most likely backfire.


Also, it reveals to the seller the extent of the buyer's motivation, which could cause the seller to counteroffer higher than otherwise.

Aug 27, 2017 07:32 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Only once have I presented an offer in person (I represented the buyers) and that was because the listing agent was relatively new, had a tough client and thought I would do a better job convincing him he was unrealistic.  I did my thing and then left, because the seller was being ridiculous, when the sellers' agent came running after me in the driveway...come back, he caved. 

On the rare occasion I have had buyers' agents ask to present their clients' offers to my sellers, my sellers have always freaked out and said, "absolutely not!"  LOL  They wanted nothing to do with that process. 

Pretty much, though, no one does it.  

Aug 27, 2017 07:28 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

In a multiple offer situation it's good to stand out but I would prefer to have a good phone conversation.

Aug 27, 2017 07:06 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Never have...probably never will...

Aug 27, 2017 06:36 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Dana Hollish Hill Like you it was customary in the past to present offers in person. Technology has superceded this custom. Most offers are received by email in the pdf format. The days of receiving a fax of a fax, of a fax, of a fax are long over too.

Aug 27, 2017 06:11 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I do not like buyer agents to present anything to my sellers. I ask them questions about their offer and present all to my seller and comment on each pros or cons to pick the best for my seller. 

Aug 27, 2017 05:57 AM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I always try to present my offer in person to the Listing agent and the Sellers. I expect other agents to present their offer to me and my Seller when it is my lisitng.  I want to be there to represent my client when presenting an offer in the event there are questions I can answer.. and to tell them a little about the family who would like to buy their home.  On the flip side.. I ask the questions of the other agent, especially about the financing of his/her clients. Everything electronic is not always the best... I try to make it a bit more personal.

Aug 28, 2017 02:30 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The code of ethics says we have the right to present our offers. I never have and probably never will.

Aug 27, 2017 08:14 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

I present my offers to the listing agent.  

Aug 27, 2017 03:20 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

My sellers want me to handle it. If the buyer(s) present it, there's too much chance of running afoul of the Federal Fair Housing Law.

Aug 27, 2017 10:07 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Dana haven't done that in well over 15 years. Just isn't custom in my area as everything is electronic now.

Aug 27, 2017 09:14 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It depends on my confidence in the listing agent. Sometimes I want to personally present and other times I feel comfortable emailing the offer to the listing agent!

Aug 27, 2017 07:44 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I present them in person when seller is local unless seller just wants to discuss on the phone. I have presented my buyer's offers in person years ago. Haven't had a request for a personal presentation by a buyer's agent since I can been in CA

Aug 27, 2017 07:29 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It is always up to the seller.  I have yet to work with a seller who wanted a face to face presentation.  It has been many years since someone asked to present in person.

Aug 27, 2017 07:22 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I ALWAYS presented offers if possible and always allowed in-person presentations if requested.  I retired 6 years ago and get the impression it's rarely done these days.

Aug 27, 2017 07:13 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I have allowed this numerous times !

Aug 27, 2017 07:12 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

of course....that's the buyer agent's right.... we may not respond at that moment, but I would never have an issue with it...if the price and terms are right, the deal would go together at that moment.

Aug 27, 2017 07:03 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My sellers and I discuss this in advance. I only present what we discussed is presentable. 

Aug 27, 2017 06:39 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

On certain occasions I do.  Any Realtor in Florida has the right to request an in person presentation to the seller or buyer.  The cooperating agent can't refuse, though the client can.

Aug 27, 2017 06:35 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In 20+ years have only had one listing agent ask if I would present, and we do not usually present to sellers when represent the buyer.

Aug 28, 2017 06:30 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Our contract do provide for that. My advice, just do it when the buyers' agent requests it and explain the situation to your sellers.  For us, typically, offers are received via email and presented in person by us whenever possible, unless the sellers are out of our area.

Aug 28, 2017 06:26 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We have done it and allowed it occassionally, always with great success.

Aug 28, 2017 05:20 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I present every offer that I can, that way I know the offer is getting its real due.  I also allow the buyers agent to present.


I speeds up the process

Aug 27, 2017 06:51 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I have asked once and was permitted; do think it made a difference - it was a multiple offer situation,  where the listing agent was the other offer, so it was a little tricky. She was present and remained to discuss with her clients after I left the room once I made my presentation. No-one ever asked me as a listing agent. Guess I would allow if I could be present; could be a win/win.

Aug 27, 2017 12:05 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I remember stories about presenting in person, back before there were faxes and email and computers.  Now days, it is still allowed (and if asked only the seller can say no), but it is not done.  It's legal, but culturally taboo.

Aug 27, 2017 10:17 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Presentations by buyer agents are not common in our area.

Aug 27, 2017 09:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Howthinks have change, now most just email it over.


Aug 27, 2017 08:46 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I did. It used to be in public to show fairness and why .....

These days they do not even notify you if you are in or out. Dead beat.

Aug 27, 2017 07:19 AM