That sounds so harsh doesn't it? I (Jared) said that in the nicest way possible, I promise.
The first six months of my career I would show homes to anybody that wanted to see them. I thought that was my job since I am a Realtor®. Plus it made the sellers happy to have showings right?
Well, the sellers were happy to have showings, but once they found out the buyer wasn't pre-approved and ready to buy, they weren't happy. At all. Boy did I hear about it too.
Imagine being the seller in that situation. They get excited to have a showing, do all the little details to make the house spotless so it shows well, and then they find out the buyer isn't even close to being ready to buy.
I have heard some Realtors® say that they will show one or two homes before making their buyer get pre-approved.
Not this guy. Selling real estate is a serious and full time business to me, not a hobby that I do just for fun on the weekends. I value my time. Once a buyer gets the pre-approval, they will get my full attention and as much of my time and efforts as they need.
If you are considering buying a home in the Fort Wayne area and you would like us to help you with this, please don't be offended when we require you to get a pre-approval first. We hope that after reading this you have a better understanding of why we do.