No, We're Not Buying Right Now, But Can You Show Us That House?
Hey. I get it. Really. I love looking at properties - it's one of the reasons I like what I do so much. Real estate is cool. Viewing properties is fun.
Don't get me wrong. You're great people. I really enjoyed being your listing agent and I'm very happy that we had a successful sale and that we're staying in touch. But when we last spoke you told me you're comfortable where you are. I understand that interest rates are so low you feel like you should be buying SOMETHING. But you just said you're only "window shopping" to get a feel for the market.
This is business.
It's very hard for me to financially justify showing properties to "window shoppers." It's money and time lost that I could have spent helping ready, willing and able buyers. And, no, I won't refer you to anyone else, because anyone I would hand you over to also wants "live" clients.
Not to mention that sellers don't want curious folks who have no real interest in buying their property walking through it. A showing is disruptive to a seller's life; the house has to be spotless, the dogs have to be taken out, the dishes have to be done...you get the picture. That's one of the reasons I spent so much time screening potential buyers who called about your home when it was for sale. I wanted to make sure I was only bringing "real" buyers in to see your home.
If what you really want is to just get a "feel" for the market, then I suggest going to every Open House you can find. You're lucky, because here in Maine you have a great resource to find Open Houses. Go to this website: http://www.mainelistings.com/, click on the "Open House" tab at the top of the screen, and on the next page just type in any town. Every single Open House in that area that has been entered into Maine's MLS will appear. And there are A LOT of Maine Open Houses available to view.
And certainly, when you do decide you are ready to buy, I'm fully on board. You can be certain that I will be working hard to represent you and your interests and not distracted by any window shopping.
Unless it's at a shoe store. ;)