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Buyer sues agent for letting them pay too much for a home

“Marty Ummel feels she paid too much for her house. So do millions of other people who bought at the peak of the housing boom.


“What makes Ms. Ummel different is that she is suing her agent, saying it was all his fault.”


I came by this story from today’s New York Times by way of the 1000 Watt Blog, one of my favorite daily stops.


Naturally, I can’t speak to the facts of this particular case and it’s my guess that it will be a difficult argument to make. However, the story should serve as a reminder to agents that there is more to representing a client than finding them a home and putting a contract together.


Ultimately, we are responsible to “protect and promote the interests” of our client. If they’re offering to pay more than market value, they have a right to know it. They depend on us to tell them the truth.


Nobody can predict the direction of a real estate market with absolute certainty, yet almost daily I hear from people who claim that a Saskatoon real estate agent has told them that prices are going to go through the roof this spring. Just three weeks ago, one agent stood in my office and relayed portions of a conversation he had with a buyer. “This house will be worth $X by spring. I guarantee it!”


“Hmmm…and I think you just did guarantee it.”


If your agent is using this kind of language, he or she may be either ignorant or reckless. I could be wrong, but it’s worth thinking about. :)


The full New York Times story is here.


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Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra

Norm Fisher, Author of the TeamFisher Saskatoon Real Estate Blog

About Norm

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.Less...

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.

Norm is known for his passion for technology and can most often be found exploring and experimenting with the next big thing in real estate marketing. He was the first Saskatoon real estate agent to promote a home online and has been an early adopter of new technologies ever since. “Everything about this business has changed over the past 20 years, and it will happen again in the next ten. An open mind and a curious attitude are all that’s needed to continue to find new ways to serve our clients by delivering a faster, smoother, worry-free transaction,” says Norm.

In his spare time, Norm enjoys Crossfit and cycling, some years accumulating over 2,000 kilometres on the road. He’s a strong supporter of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and enjoys raising funds by joining fun, fitness-related initiatives like the Grouse Grind for Shelter. In 2015, he trekked the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu. In 2017 he walked the southern highlands of Iceland across mountains, sand, snow, ice, lava fields and forest for seven days. Collectively those initiatives raised over a million dollars for Canadian women's shelters.
 

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