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I'm P*ssed Off At Some REO(Foreclosure) Agents


I try to behave myself, I try to keep my emotions www.ered so that my opinions can be read and understood without coming off so harsh that people click away before they finish reading.  Well today I just don’t care.  This is a list (though not comprehensive) of the reasons that I’m sick and tired of what SOME agents are doing:

  • “I haven’t seen the property so I cannot help you.”
    • If you haven’t seen the property, know nothing about it, and are not offering to help me find someone who has seen the house to help me, how can you possibly be representing the seller?
  • “I have so many listings that I cannot do X, or Y, or Z”
    • Your lack of staffing to handle workload or your inability to say “no” to too many listings is not an excuse for being unprofessional and arrogant.
    • This means you are too busy to act professional, which means that you are not a professional, which means you shouldn’t be a REALTOR since we are a trade organization of professionals.  Try selling a house without being a REALTOR and see how it goes.
  • Total lack of due diligence on anything related to the property
    • City inspections (that are required) are often forgotten or ignored till pressed by buyer’s agent
    • “Buyer and Buyer Agent to verify everything” – that’s code for I’m too damn lazy to do anything so a trained monkey would have done more checking on this property than I did.
    • The SMELL oh my god the SMELL. Why don’t you deodorize the home (or at least try) before you make me walk in and come out coughing and ready to vomit?
  • Responses from REO agents during offer submission can take days (even to confirm that the offer was submitted)
    • Apparently since they get multiple offers on most everything, they can provide no customer service because someone will patient to stick around.
  • Listing foreclosures at prices 15%+ under market value to garner multiple offers (10+ often)
    • This brings a lot of people through a house that they simply cannot afford because they can pay the list price but not the selling price.
    • Many times the agents do not respond to inquiries on status or questions regarding property/offer submission rules/etc. for days or sometimes they never respond at all.
    • An argument can be made that the listing is not a “true and accurate depiction of the property” as the list price is never intended to be honored.
  • Only one photo of the property and often it is out of focus, at night, or shows very little of the property.
    • Some times there are more photos of the outside, but none of the inside.
    • Sometimes the photos of the inside are shot so all you see is a floor.
    • Sometimes the photos show a great upstairs only to find a mold-infested basement.
  • House is a teardown or major renovation project but they say nothing of this is the MLS remarks.
    • It’s a total waste of time for my buyer and I to even see this house.
  • House could qualify for an FHA or VA loan (appraisal would be fine) and the seller will consider an FHA or VA offer but it isn’t listed as an Acceptable Term under the MLS.
    • I would have shown your house had I known it would have worked for my buyer.
  • FHA or VA is listed as an acceptable term but the house is so far beyond repair that it isn’t likely to work.
    • Thanks for wasting my buyer and my time (AGAIN) on a house we cannot purchase.
  • An utter lack of information inputted into the MLS listing
    • Why would they bother giving me and my clients information on room descriptions & dimensions, finished square footage, condition, features, etc when they can let 1/2 the buyers skip the property completely and the other 1/2 waste their time seeing a house that doesn’t fit their needs.
  • Little to no effort is made to check on the status of the title work before closing.
    • If there’s a problem with title work and the house doesn’t close on time a buyer may be homeless but there’s no concern shown from the listing agent.

Now this is not to say that all REO agents are doing this poor of a job and most of the time it is only a few of these issues on each house – still, the utter lack of professionalism and accountability of a few agents tarnishes the whole business since they represent a sizable portion of the total foreclosure MLS inventory.  I LOVE good competition and there are some GREAT foreclosure agents out there that do a fabulous job.

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Another favorite...not listing the address in the MLS or even having a description...just the MLS#, basic specs and that's it...turns out some of the time it's not even their listing after further research.

Mimi Parker
Mimi Parker

Right on, you've nailed the REO problem everywhere. What I fail to understand is why the powers that be let them sell real estate differently than the laws I have to practice, not to mention why the MLS allows them to continue to running the show.

Jay Thompson
Jay Thompson

A-FREAKING-MEN!!! In a sick and twisted sort of way, I'm kind of glad to see it's not just me, and not just Phoenix where this ridiculous (and wholly unprofessional) mentality takes place. Great post Aaron, and deserving of the Carnival win.


I'm a buyer not a realtor but I agree 100%. For me, I was one of several offers on a short sale. I kept looking but really wanted the house so I kept my offer in there. No communication from the selling agent at all, even when we called repeatedly. Finally, they were ready to deal and I was the only offer left. Should have been a slam dunk but the agent's "assistant" called back everyone who had withdrawn and re-accepted their offers at the original date. So even though the other offer was less than mine and was withdrawn while mine was steady and more, the bank accepted their offer (because it was "first") and my five months were entirely wasted. What a stupid business decision from the bank! I ended up buying a short sale from another agent in a good experience. But what a waste of my time, effort and emotion.

Aaron Dickinson - Edina Realty
Aaron Dickinson - Edina Realty

It isn't an issue with all of the REO brokers but only with some of them and while I certainly cannot single them out I also don't want to bury the good apples with the bad ones. It's frustrating!

Donovan Wadholm
Donovan Wadholm

At least you had the foresight to put *some* in the title... As usual...always informative, always entertaining. Someone needs to tell it like it is. Donovan

Randi Thornton
Randi Thornton

good stuff Aaron, I could not agree with you more. Thanks for being a voice for buyers and sellers.


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