How to Negotiate in Bad Faith [Tales from the Trenches]

by Osman Parvez

Bad Faith Negotiation 101

Step 1: Set an asking price well below market value in order to lure 100+ people to your open house. Don't put it on the MLS. 

Step 2: At the open house, brag about how the inventory shortage is allowing you to double-end million dollar plus deals. 

Step 3: When asked how your sellers feel knowing they left money on the table by not allowing an open market sale, say "well, that's their choice."

Step 4: Refuse to disclose terms of any offers to agents who submit, including the current high water mark or whether intended offers are competitive. Receive over a dozen blind offers, most of which are not competitive.  

Step 5: Advise your seller that they should choose the offer from your buyer - since you know this buyer the best and you're most confident it will close. Not knowing any better, the seller takes your advice. Neither buyer or seller understand what a Transaction Broker means.

Step 6: Refuse to tell the other agents who submitted offers anything about the winning bid. Hope they forget about it and move on. They won't. 

Step 7: Pocket the double-end. Continue to brag about how many offers you received and your sales commission. Hope nobody files a complaint with the Real Estate Commission.

True story. 


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