Yes, I'd Like To See The Brick House For Sale in Prairie Village

Real Estate Agent with Chartwell Kansas City Realty SP00229578 2007027091

lol - I know this has happened to you too! The phone rings; I answer.

Caller: "Yes, I'd like to see the brick house for sale in Prairie Village. I don't remember the address - aside to wife - honey, what street was that house on?" brick home in prairie village

A conversation ensues while I wait patiently (patiently) for him to come back to the phone call he initiated. It's a bit amusing to listen as they try to retrace their drive to figure out which street they may have been on. More amusing is their combined description of the house they relay to me. "It had beautiful roses in the front yard. It had a chimney. It was on that street with all the trees. It's less than a mile from the coffee shop we go to on Sundays. It had black shutters - no, wait, that one didn't have shutters!"

Lovely people, they've just described about 50 homes for sale in Prairie Village. I want to help them, really I do. Roses blooming in Kansas City 

There are 3 things I can do for them:

  • I can send them an email with all the houses listed for sale in Prairie Village and they can see which house they liked.
  • I can give them an MLS app that they can use to find out everything about the house on their smartphone while they're sitting in front of it
  • I can arrange to meet with them in person and we can both look on the computer to see the house they like.This option allows us to discuss the details of the house intelligently and determine if it will really meet their needs. If it will, we can make an appointment to see it. And we can also see what else is available that they may have missed. 

People do like to drive through the neighborhoods they want to buy in before they're actually prepared to buy. It's fun to look and dream! When they are really and truly ready though, they get an agent to help them. They learn about the steps to buying a house, get their finances in order, and then find the home they'll buy. Their agent will walk them through the process and documents in file  manage all of the documents, negotiating, and closing preparations. Buyers who try to skip this step find the process more overwhelming, confusing, and frustrating than it needs to be.



Random phone calls? Sure, I'm happy to talk to you! If you allow me, though, I can save you time and money. Use the resources at my disposal to make your home buying experience enjoyable and efficient.  

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Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


Because I have indexed IDX listings on my site, I get those calls all the time. Even though the information says "listing courtesy of" they always start the call with "your listing at."


Apr 15, 2012 03:30 PM #9
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

John, I knew I wan't the only one who gets them. Just keep laughing and we'll be okay, right?


Apr 15, 2012 04:36 PM #10
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Same here. . they are part of my job that makes a different adventure everyday. 

Apr 15, 2012 07:46 PM #11
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

OMG, this is so funny. This reminds of my niece when she was 2 or a party and tried to describe them to the babysitter.   They have faces with 2 eyes, 2 ears and some lips.

Apr 15, 2012 08:02 PM #12
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If it weren't so true this would be very funny.  The ones that get mad when I don't know which home they are talking about are the ones that get interesting.

Apr 15, 2012 08:23 PM #13
David A. Wheeling
RETIRED as of June 15, 2013 - Morganton, NC
After 30 yrs in real estate, I am now Retired

Too funny, but I've had those calls as well. I am reminded of a call I received and the lady was asking about a house just up the street from where she lived. I asked, where do you live and she got very defensive. She said I'm not calling about my house, I want to know about the one up the street. I tried to explain that if I knew which street she lived on I could look up the one she was asking about. I finally explained that our firm had around 450 listings and there's no way I can keep up with all of them. She never would tell me the street she lived on, so I told her I couldn't give her any information.

I think a lot of the public think we only have 1 house for sale and should know all about it. I have also had calls and they think that we own the house that is for sale. I am never surprised at some of the questions I get.

Apr 15, 2012 09:29 PM #14
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Ha!  Real estate is such an edventure isn't it?  Thanks for the smile this morning.                                      

Apr 15, 2012 10:15 PM #15
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Maria, we've all had these calls at one time or another. Funny, how they think we should know the exact house they are describing. Chances are they wouldn't be able to find it again themselves, if they drove the neighborhood. Go show them some homes! Good luck!

Apr 15, 2012 11:08 PM #16
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand

I just had this happen yesterday, "We want to see the house with the funny looking shrubs out front".

Apr 15, 2012 11:41 PM #17
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I once got a call from out of state from a woman who claimed that a Realtor kept entering her home without knocking...She was fraught, upset and genuinely scared..It turns out she had a husband...I said, have you talked with your husband? He doesn't know what to do she sez.....Now, there is more to the story and the phone call point, you never know who is calling and why..and this business is an adventure as Fernando says....

Apr 15, 2012 11:52 PM #18
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

LOL David, I'v talked to the same lady! - or several just like her.

Richard, same here. Not only that but sometimes people look at houses in their car and then do a google search to find an agent to call when they get home. So they call me. I'm here to help them but most people don't realize that there are around 20,000 houses for sale in the Greater Kansas City area. We need an address to start with.

Apr 16, 2012 01:40 AM #19
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
California Homes for Sale in the East Bay

Too funny. People call our office all the time with similar storiess/conversations. The best is when they are in front of the house but they still take 5-10 minutes to figure out what street they are on. I love working with the public. Every day is different and if you remain positive, it's it can be very fun and rewarding to help someone out. Have fun today!

Apr 16, 2012 01:51 AM #20
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Pamela, 'funny looking shrubs out front' - that's hilarious!

Elisa, Yes! And you can hear them running down to the corner to read the street sign!

Apr 16, 2012 02:10 AM #21
Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Natick, MA

Maria, that is so true... I remember a blog by Greg Nino where he said "people think that when we get our license we also get a microchip inserted in our brain, so that we have all the info on all houses for sale  any given second"- I thought of that when someone asked me about "that tall beautiful house on Washington - or was it Beacon?" that she is driving by every other day or so :)

Apr 16, 2012 04:30 AM #22
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

YES! I do get this all the time! this mornging in fact but she said "I see it is listed for rent?" which it isn't when we finally figured out what home she was talking about!

Apr 16, 2012 06:27 AM #23
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Maria, I think they might have been looking at houses in VA too.  8-)  I do get them from time to time.  "Hi, I'd like to see the house you have listed."  "Which one?"  "The one just off Senseny Rd."  "Which one?"  And so it goes.  It is pretty funny.

Apr 16, 2012 08:58 AM #24
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Anna, that is funny! 'A microchip inserted in our brains'! lol - Thank you and than Greg Nino!

Apr 16, 2012 09:01 AM #25
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Maria,

That is similar to my personal faux pas:

Ring ring. "Hello?"

"Hi, who is this?"

"YOU tell me. You called me."

"I did? What is your name?"

"If you called me, you should know my name..."

Problem is - I was the one who called, but my mind wandered before they answered!


Apr 16, 2012 08:06 PM #26
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

This is why there is never a dull moment in this business, and we always have to be ready and willing to help buyers and sellers move in the right direction ~ Yesterday we got this call...Hi Sheila we'd like to see the house that you have listed but I'm not sure what town we are in as we are not from this area???

Apr 18, 2012 08:34 PM #27
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Larry and Sheila, that's easy to do in Kansas City too as all of the cities in our metropolis run into one another!

Apr 19, 2012 01:07 AM #28
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