We started shopping for a house in earnest a couple of months ago. A lady at the office recommended her daughter-in-law, so I called her. Right off on the phone, I could tell that this wasn’t the realtor for us; she was very aggressive and a hard-seller. She insisted that she had the house for us, and we had to come see it right away.
So even though Junior is a day-sleeper, we rearranged slightly to go look at the house. And she didn’t even show up - she sent her husband to show it to us. We did like it, so the next day, I called her to ask how one goes about making an offer. I wanted information, since we’d never bought a used house before; I was definitely not committing to an offer over the phone.
She called up our finance lady, who happens to be a long-time friend of the family, and started laying it on really thick, about how it was already a done deal that we were offering on that house, and how she knew us so very well, we were like family to her. Mind you, I still hadn’t met her in person.
When our finance lady related the conversation to me, I had had enough. Besides being way too pushy, now she’s lying about us. So I called her office (she wasn’t there) and left a message that we would no longer be requiring her services. I left that message as a courtesy so she wouldn’t have to continue doing any work on our behalf.
Not an hour later, I got a call from our finance lady again. Seems the realtor had called her to chew her out about losing us as clients, accusing her of poaching us (she’s not even a realtor) and threatening her.
I was furious. I had totally made the right call in cutting her loose - and mind you, we didn’t even have a verbal contract. We hadn’t met in person and she’d delegated showing us one house.
I found another realtor, and we went back to make an offer on that same house, after she explained to us the process. While we were sitting in the office doing that, the first one called back and started screaming at me so loudly that everyone there could hear over my cell phone. Since I couldn’t get a word in edgewise, I just talked over her and firmly stated that I was busy, this was not the time, and we could talk about it another time, and hung up.
Then came the voice mails, so I eventually had to excuse myself and step outside to handle it. This time, she was screaming at me for hanging up on her (nevermind that she just hadn’t shut up long enough to hear me tell her I was done with the conversation) and she started threatening to come down to my office to “talk shit about me.” I stated that any further contact from her would be considered harrassment, and hung up again.
I had to alert my office not to let her know where I was - which was tricky, since I still don’t know what she looks like. The office promised to have her thrown out if she showed up. And I tried to get a complaint form from the Board of Realtors, but just realized that it never showed up. She finally started leaving me alone.
Even though that original offer on that house fell through and we spent months looking at other ones, that one recently went back on the market. We’re buying it; we close escrow in less than 30 days. No thanks to that bitch.