You can never ask too many questions

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Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797
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This post was inspired by my friend Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland (she does that a lot, inspire me that is) who just wrote about it - writing an offer - sometimes taking a bit longer. "On occasions the clients have so much confidence in the agent... they just sign with no questions" Margaret wrote, "others need it all explained."

Offer signing Margaret is right - there is no magic time-frame during which an offer must be signed.

Sometimes hesitancy can turn into a missed chance. Needing to sleep over it one too many nights can mean that a different buyer will be moving into that house. But, when it doesn't work out, it is not the right house ... or the right moment in time.

There's no magic number of questions to ask beforehand or during or even after. As a buyer or seller in Silver Spring, MD and beyond you just cannot ask me too many questions.

My goal is to see you comfortable and confident with the paperwork, process and the offer(s). It doesn't matter if it takes just 10 minutes or a few hours.. we will move at your pace. 

You don't want to feel uneasy when you are about to make one of the biggest decisions of your life. You don't want to submit an offer unclear about contingencies. You don't want to move forward having unanswered questions. 

"I'm sorry, Andrea, can I ask you just one more question?" There's no need to apologize! 

"Andrea, could you explain how that works again.. what happens if...?" Of course I can!

"I know I've been asking you a lot of questions but ... "  When it comes to Real Estate and buying or selling a home in Silver Spring, Md and beyond, you can never ask too many questions!

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ANDREA BEDARD, M.A. ~ THOMPSON COMPANY, REALTORS ~

 

 

   

                                                                                                              

 

Thompson Company, REALTORS
15711 New Hampshire Ave Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

andreabedard.re@gmail.com

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.

 

 All photographs are my own and I'd like to keep it that way. All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
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I am a strong advocate and supporter of Q & A...& Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland can do no wrong in observations

Dec 06, 2016 07:33 AM #8
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Donna Foerster
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You are right Andrea. The buyer/seller can never ask too may questions!

Dec 06, 2016 08:09 AM #9
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Patricia Kennedy
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Andrea, I love this post!  And sometimes our clients just don't believe there is no such thing as a silly question, and they need to keep asking until they understand the answer!.

Dec 06, 2016 08:11 AM #10
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You hit the nail on the head, Andrea. I, too, work with clients who often apologize over and over for asking questions as though they are intruding. I have to explain that's why we are here. To answer questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question. Well, thank goodness nobody asks me why is the sky blue, but if they did, I do know the answer. Light scatter, blue waves are shorter than others and reflection.

Dec 06, 2016 08:45 AM #11
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Great post, Andrea Bedard .  It's actually a little scary how much trust some people put in us.  It is a BIG responsibility to be sure they understand everything!  Thanks for the post.  

Dec 06, 2016 09:06 AM #12
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Congratulations on your featured article. We are looking forward to the next one.

Dec 06, 2016 11:45 AM #13
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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Andrea

The issue of asking, or not asking, questions is so important. There is so much to know in any real estate transaction, and asking questions is the only way you can get the help you need if it's not already been provided by the agent. Like you point out people sometimes seem embarrassed to be asking, or asking again, or admitting they do not understand - our role in the education process is a huge one. Buyers and sellers owe it to themselves to ask as many questions as possible to be sure they are clear on all matters.

Jeff

Dec 06, 2016 04:21 PM #14
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Andrea,

My sentiments exactly. The only dumb question is the one you do not ask.

Dec 06, 2016 06:40 PM #15
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I totally agree with your philosophy and absolutely ADORE Margaret!  She's mentored many here and her advice is ALWAYS sound, Andrea Bedard!  Hang onto her as a mentor!  ;-)

Dec 06, 2016 07:21 PM #16
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Lyn Sims
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You should always strive to make the client feel comfortable to ask those questions. Great post.

Dec 07, 2016 04:12 AM #17
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Stu Dye
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I tell every client (not just, but especially, the first-timers): 'There's no such thing as a dumb question.'  Excellent post.

Dec 07, 2016 05:25 AM #18
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John Wiley
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Andrea, thanks for sharing. Informed consumers are less stressed during one of the largest transactions of their life.

If we set the tone and atmosphere for them to ask questions it will make it easier for them.

Dec 07, 2016 06:39 AM #19
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Diana Dahlberg
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Andrea Bedard When you are working with a client, there is no Dumb Question.  The client has entrusted their biggest investment in our hands and we need to respect that and give each client the time they need to feel good about what they are doing.  You are that agent!  Thanks for sharing. Wishing you the best in all you do.  Congratulations on the Feature!

Dec 07, 2016 12:39 PM #20
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We have to make our clients feel so comfortable they can ask anything....using a question like: Is there anything else you are wondering about? Any other questions I can answer for you?  Makes a big difference.

Dec 07, 2016 03:50 PM #21
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Hi, Andrea.    I included this post in today's "Last Week's Favorites"!

Dec 10, 2016 09:44 PM #22
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Nina Hollander
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Great point, Andrea... I've always got people "apologizing" for bothering me with questions and I'm always saying no bother and ask away; that I'm happy to answer questions as long as they come up.

Dec 11, 2016 05:28 AM #23
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It is never an inconvenience to us when a buyer needs more questions answered, to see the house one more time, or to see more houses.  

Dec 11, 2016 11:10 AM #24
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The same is true for all of life - if you have a question, ask it!

Dec 11, 2016 05:57 PM #25
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WE learn from the questions asked as well!! That's one of the best parts of doing real estate is that each deal is somewhat new, unique and I learn with every single one of them, something I didn't know before. Good for you for your attitude! 

Dec 12, 2016 04:18 AM #26
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Andrea, I've had a number of clients who fell in love with a home and decided to sleep on it only to find out there 10 offers on it when they woke up. 

Dec 12, 2016 06:02 PM #27
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