Not so Friendly Advice for Real Estate Agents
I received an offer from a real estate agent on my listing at 33 Dorothy Drive, Plymouth this week from an agent who initially sent only the Contract to Purchase Real Estate as an attachment to her initial email. There was no Massachusetts Licensee-Consumer Relationship Disclosure attached. The real estate agent told me that the offer was a cash offer but there was no bank statement or “proof of funds” letter attached. There was no deposit check attached either.
It wasn’t until I asked the real estate agent to send me those three required documents that I received them. But it gets worse. She sent those three additional forms as three separate .jpegs. That means that she took pictures of the documents using her iPhone and sent them via email to me through her iPhone. So I had to download the documents to my MacBook Pro, convert the documents from .jpegs to .pdfs and then upload them separately to TransactionDesk and then Authentisign for signatures. Who does that?!
It’s so completely unprofessional. Her excuse would probably be that I was insistent on getting the documents as soon as possible so she was being expedient. It’s not an excuse. I almost didn’t want her buyer to win the multiple offer sweepstakes but I didn’t let that taint the process. Real estate agents, don’t do this!
Here’s what you do. Scan each individual document using the flatbed. Don’t use the document feeder; the output quality on too many document feeders is generally not good enough. Make sure that you’re creating .pdfs. Don’t create .jpgs or any other document type or you’re just going to make everybody miserable. Combine all necessary .pdf documents into one .pdf document. Attach the newly combined .pdf document to an email. Send. Presto magico!