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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Suddenly I'm feeling old. I see "Gopher" and think Caddyshack and Love Boat. My role as a listing agent is to market the property, negotiate offers, and help guide the escrow to closing. Beyond that I'm happy to be the "source of the source." If a request might expose me to liability, I'll politely explain that "I can't gopher that. No can do."

Jan 06, 2016 02:09 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Some sellers are more needy than others. I am careful about what I am willing to take on though

Jan 06, 2016 12:05 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

 Depending on what it is I make them the gopher...unless elderly and not able to go

Jan 06, 2016 07:53 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It has not happened to us.  We believe that professionals refer other professionals and are not subscribed to the DIY form of business.  If there is an issue of liability we would suggest that the seller consult the right professional.  For instance, we were capable of writing contract clauses on leases, and since we are not attorneys, we had the attorney review them, either ours or the owners.  In our heads the fee guaranteed peace of mind, and as far as we are concerned that was $$$well spent.  A

Jan 06, 2016 04:54 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't do that type of work.

Jan 06, 2016 03:43 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

we do what a listing agent is expected and required to do....there's no gopher involved unless it's necessary to close....we will make sure it gets done...

Jan 06, 2016 02:12 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers It's okay to help out once in a while, if necessary. Otherwise Gopher is not in my Job Description.

Jan 06, 2016 01:40 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Tony and Suzanne - I may help out a seller who is out of the area, but those kinds of things would be on my schedule, and I would work with the vendor to arrange the appointments.

Jan 07, 2016 02:09 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The listing agent needs to have the ability to control the situation and limit the actions to those that are necessary.

Jan 07, 2016 01:59 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

It would depend on the circumstnces and if there was any cash layout.  I would not work for a broker where one would need permission for something like this.

Jan 06, 2016 10:38 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

"Gopher" is not in my tool box! My drawers are full of other tools!

Jan 06, 2016 09:14 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers - depends on what their expectations are!

And I think I know more about selling than them.....isn't it?

Jan 06, 2016 03:02 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Once in a while I have to work a little harder if the seller is out of the area.  I've done some listings that have been sold to settle an estate, and these sometimes take hand holding and arranging for the gofers if nothing else.

Jan 06, 2016 12:48 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I have not been asked to do anything out of the ordinary. 

Jan 06, 2016 07:36 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Rarely, but as I mentioned on your blog I have been known to clean some floors or windows at an open house (or just before) because it was embarrasing (to me) and on a vacant house for my main client.  Sometimes, going a little above and beyond helps... plus they were my parents. 

Jan 06, 2016 06:08 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

I am very clear with my sellers from day one that selling their home is a joint effort. My expertise is marketing, negotiating, resources, and "magician", but when it comes to tasks, that they have to take that on. Like someone else said, I can be the source for the source, but that is all.

Jan 06, 2016 04:59 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

My team is as helpful as possible for our clients and any issue that requires the sellers involvement we provide the necessary information they need for the task.  I have never had any seller request Go-fer items that were out-of-line. 

Jan 06, 2016 03:12 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

In thirty years I have never had this issue with any of my listings.

Now, at home, Dave refers to me as the 'Go-for' but I am happy to assist him within reason.

Jan 06, 2016 02:10 AM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

Sometimes they do but I take it situation by situation. I will do more for an absentee Seller.  If it gets even a little out of hand I put a stop to it. 

Jan 06, 2016 12:59 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes, they do.

The seller, now in Idaho, is no longer in a good position to do their own gophering. My choice is have the seller become involved in activity that will prove ten times more complicated doing it remotely than for me to just make it go away.

I am certain there is more exposure to liability. And that little 'Hold Harmless' form with the seller signature tends to discourage going rogue.

Does my broker permit this activity? I'll give him the opportunity to gopher instead of me. 

I run my own business. PERIOD. 

"Let me see if my broker/manager/boss approves this" sounds a lot like what I overhear at the Ford dealer.

Jan 06, 2016 12:34 AM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

I never really open the door for this type of scenario.  Occasionally someone may ask and if possible I will help- but not if I will be taking on liability.  I just had a seller ask me to GC the house remodel then sell it.  I don't want that liability.

Jan 06, 2016 12:30 AM
Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
AZ Home Seekers,

I think its very common in the second home market to be dealing with absentee sellers, so yes our services do seem to encompass more than we like at times. I guess it does open up some liability, but the additional efforts are usually based on the level or relationship with that seller. We have never had a problem, but thats some food for thought regarding liability.

Jan 06, 2016 12:18 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Oh boy. We've had sellers who mistook 'Listing Agent' for 'Free Property Manager'. To a certain degree, we'll help, depending on the client, relationship and our availability to do so. But the users and abusers can bite me. And to answer your Q: Yes, it can be added liability and I have been known to tell an agent 'That is not your job, do not do it'.

Jan 06, 2016 12:03 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sometimes, we have different divisions, and this type of thing gets billed by the hour to them.

Mar 18, 2019 07:10 PM
David Manley

Not sure what you mean by this and that....

Jan 06, 2016 11:12 PM