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You may have had the highest and best offer on a Beaverton home, but Google could cost you the home

Google SearchYou may have had the highest and best offer on a Beaverton home, but Google could cost you the home. Well, it happened this last week to another buyer that called me today. They put an offer in on a home and they said their offer was the highest and best. You know the story, above asking price, conventional loan with 30% down. But, that wasn’t enough thanks to the power of Google.

You see when this buyer was assured by his agent he had the highest and best and then 2 days later he got a rejection, he had to find out why and went over to the seller’s home. (I wouldn’t suggest this for the record) He asked the seller how he could turn down their offer since it was clearly the highest and best according to the listing agent.

Well, the seller told them and what that buyer heard wasn’t what they expected. You see the seller’s had used Google to search the buyers name and their agent’s name. Nothing came up under the buyer’s name except where they worked, but when the seller searched for the selling agents name… Well, stuff did come up and what they found was enough for them to accept another offer.

The agent they had hired had a reputation on line as being difficult to deal with and though buyer’s said they felt they got a deal when they finally found their home, they weren’t sure they liked his tactics and well, the feeling from seller’s was even far less favorable. Seller’s felt this agent was far less than ethical when it came to getting deals and homes sold and that was enough to get the sellers of this home to accept another less than highest and best.

So, maybe you should search out your agent on Google and see what buyers and sellers are saying about them, because if you don’t it could cost you even if you may have had the highest and best offer on a Beaverton home, but Google could cost you the home.

Respect Realty LLC (Expect More)


At Respect Realty, LLC our agents believe in 100% dedication to client satisfaction.  We specialize in property and land acquisition around the Portland Metro and Vancouver, WA area. We delight in working with first time home buyers and sellers to guide them from start to finish. Our doors are always open and we are always happy to assist you with your real estate questions.


Reach out today, we look forward to talking with you!


Todd Clark and Seraina Aguayo (Owners of Respect Realty)

Respect Realty LLC (Expect More)



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Comment balloon 14 commentsRespect Realty LLC • January 09 2012 09:36PM


Wow!  This makes making sure your reputation is perfect.  Client satisfaction is number one in todays market.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) about 7 years ago

Interesting!!  The world gets smaller every day.


Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) about 7 years ago

OMG... I'm appalled for a variety of reasons. But, it just goes to show, our positive reputation on the web is critical.

Posted by Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc., SF NYC LA (pha logistix inc) about 7 years ago

I am hopeful that what gets posted is honest... I can imagine the competition posting something negative that isn't accurate!

Posted by Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA, #ChandlerRealEstateAgent (Liz Harris Realty) about 7 years ago

Todd, I'm trying to imagine how nasty stuff falls out of google.  I mean, unless they did a criminal search and found stuff, it's hard to imagine finding something that would be damning on the agent.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Wow...Our reputation is everything. 

Posted by Ava Anderson, Selling Atlanta from A-Z! (A-Z Atlanta Realty ) about 7 years ago

We are who we are.

The amassing thing is that so many depend on on one finding out!

Every thing we post has to make us look good and competent!

The day of anything with your name spelled right being good is gone.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 7 years ago

This is the second post I've read about on-line reviews. Agents and companies should be aware of their on-line reputation and then try to salvage it. This was a smart seller. Buyers should do more of this when choosing an agent.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 7 years ago

Hi Todd...Wow I would never have imagined any Seller to Google me and my Clients name in deciding if they would accept our offer...Go Figure.

Best to search your name and a clients name and hopefully nothing negative surfaces

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Haven't run into too much negatives on the 'net' about particular Realtors around here, but it's a good lesson to manage your on-line reputation.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 7 years ago

It is sure an eye opening post!    I haven't heard of buyers checking Google, but now may do my own checking of countering agents.   

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Interesting. I did do a search of a couple of agents who I would recommend taking another offer if his/her client submitted an offer. I did not find anything of interest. Wonder where the google search brought up the negative comments.


Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) about 7 years ago

Googling someone in advance...getting to be epidemic and systemic.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) about 7 years ago


I'm not sure how they heard about the agent, but with Zillow having client reviews online and sites like Angie's list all with customer reviews, it certainly wouldn't be hard to get a bad reputation online in today's society. 







Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 7 years ago

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