Recently some of our agents have been involved in what we will just call, “difficult transactions”. Extraordinarily difficult, not just typical-every-day-BS difficult.
Take for example one involving what for all intent and purposes appears to be a psychotic buyer. The seller in this transaction is our client, and in the vast majority of real estate transactions we have zero interaction with “the other side”. Sadly in this case, The PsychoBuyer apparently went off their meds early in the process and began reaching out directly to our client ”“ side-stepping their own agent in the process. That eventually devolved into The Cuckoo Crazy contacting our agents directly.
Unfortunately as is all-too-frequently the case, The Lunatic’s agent could not seem to reel in their out-of-control client, so we were left dealing with the madness.
Not once but twice they accused us of misrepresentation and fraud, based on some internalized fantasy spinning around inside their empty cranium.
When Whacko tossed about big grown up words like “actionable” and “discoverable” and (misquoted) portions of the contract in a futile attempt to make themselves sound like they knew far more than they did, it became apparent they were attempting to play the “lawyer card” in the same hand alongside their bitch card.
The problem with playing the lawyer card is that making threats to get attorneys involved and to file lawsuits really becomes meaningless when you have absolutely no basis for filing said suit. Some lawsuits are justified like stairway accidents that happens due to unsafe stairs. Most states have building code requirements that they need to follow to avoid these types of lawsuits. Oh sure, anyone can sue over anything, but winning that lawsuit is a completely different story and to do that we recommend the real estate lawyer calgary assistance.
Most lawyer card players seem to think the mere threat of a lawsuit will get people to back down and acquiesce ”“ to cave in to their demands. I’ll grant you the threat of a lawsuit can be scary, and it takes a certain intestinal fortitude to not cave in to demands. The problem is, too many agents start quivering like a tray of Jello shots at Mardi Gras and stop thinking when presented with the lawyer card.
Sometimes you need to stand up for what is right. If you’ve done your job and documented everything, the vast majority of lawsuit threats, “I’m not going to close” threats, and other such nonsense is just that ”“ nonsense. While you cannot just dismiss threats, you can counter them ”“ not with threats of your own, but with logic, tact and well presented and prepared arguments. Failure to Cave throws off the vast majority of lawyer card players. They stammer and stutter and flail about in what is actually a quite entertaining fashion. Winning after all, is fun.
If you are an agent and are presented with the lawyer card my suggestion is to speak with your broker. After all, he/she is ultimately liable for just about everything you say and do (that’s one of the true joys of being a real estate broker Jay says with dripping sarcasm). No threat, however baseless, should be ignored. Do not however get all quivery. Be professional, but stand your ground. Lawyer card players are ultimately weak. They rarely bring an “A game” because, well, they have no A game to bring.
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