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You text your kids, your friends, and your housekeepers. So can you text your way to buying a house?
The answer is pretty much yes, maybe, and no.
Sure, you can text the other agent to request a showing appointment, clarify whether the sellers will be there, ask if there are any dogs or cats you need to be aware of, and see if they already have any offers on the house.
She’ll text you back and confirm or re-schedule the appointment, let you know that the sellers will need to take Jasper the pit bull off site before you arrive, and ask you to turn off the lights when you leave.
You can even ask where the lock box is located, even though that information is in the multiple listing service. Who has time to look at all those details when you can just text the other agent and get your answer pretty much immediately?
You can text the showing agent back to see how it went. Are they going to write an offer? Was the dog poop all picked up? Did you remember to lock all the doors and turn off all the lights?
Thank goodness a text is not limited in length like a tweet.
If you get only crickets as a response, you know there’s no offer coming. If you get a bunch of questions, including who’s your title and escrow, you know they’re on the hook. So you keep texting back all the answers to their questions, without sounding too desperate. (Have you seen the current market data?)
You can text that you sent over an offer to give the listing agent a head’s up to check her email. Real estate happens pretty much 24/7, so if you’ve emailed a totally compelling, complete, and financially viable offer package to an agent at 8:00 p.m. on a Saturday night, your text will be helpful, as she may be out to dinner celebrating her wedding anniversary, her birthday, or at a movie.
At least she’ll know to check her email on the way home to see how urgently you need a response.
You can certainly text over the offer document or counter offer. Just pray that the receiving agent has the wherewithal to know how to get it to their client, and then get their clients’ response back to you.
Actual purchase-related documents are best emailed.
Where it goes off the rails for me is a text asking if my sellers will “go for $x,xxx,xxx with a 30-day close and 30 percent down?”
How do you even approach this kind of thing?
Her clients have not submitted a contractually binding purchase agreement, the sellers have no idea of the buyers’ financial capability, you’ve not added any other details about the buyers’ expectations regarding refrigerators, washers and dryers, or the sellers’ furniture. This is not the ideal scenario for a text.
Write up the offer and have the buyers sign it and email it to the listing agent.
Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an agent with Realty One Group. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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