We were recommended Alia by our Umpqua mortgage broker. We haven’t chosen an agent yet so figured sure, why not.
We met with her to discuss our needs and she seemed very attentive and we were very hopeful.
She created a tour of several houses for us to view. We were surprised when we showed up to Start the tour and it was her assistant doing the tour, I guess this is pretty common these days.
Her assistant is very sweet, but, we didn’t hire her assistant.Turns our her assistant does all her showings.
The places her assistant showed us (and no doubt picked out…,) were along the lines of what we liked.
We found a place to make an offer on, and visited it again, so our agent could see it too…….. We agreed upon a fair offer price, but when it came down to negotiations Alia backed down the first day making arguements for the seller why we should offer more, u hmmm…. I need more backbone than that.
Well, we continued the house hunt using Redfin because it felt like we needed to make a VIP appointment in order to view all the houses we wanted to.
We found a place that we absolutely LOVED, I mean…… That crown jewel of a unicorn of a dream home… The right neighborhood, right price, everything!
So we called Alia…… Wanting to remain faithful to her. Her assistant met us that next morning and we feel in love with the place.
We wanted to do everything we could to get the place but all we got from Alia regarding strategy and negotiating was 5 minutes on the phone!
She didn’t discuss options, all she would say is “offer highest and best! Highest and Best!!”
Ugh…. So annoying, so we offered $30k above asking. Literally she only communicated via text, and each text was about half an hour apart. Infuriating!
Did we get the house? No, of course not, Were we outbid? No! So why didn’t we get the house? Because the buyers agent NEGOTIATED with the seller on terms of sale, but my agent didn’t do any of that.
What a huge disappointment.