It has puzzled me for a long while now that some agents just don't answer their phone. You know the drill. They leave a message that says they will answer calls between certain hours of the day, like, oh, from 5 PM to 6 PM, creating an impression that your call is not important to them.
It has finally dawned on me why they do it. Not that I am going to implement that procedure, mind you, but I thought I'd share with you the reasons:
"The listing says 'call first, lockbox,' can I show this home tomorrow morning?" (Probably, but the person you need to call is the seller.)
"My buyer can't pay list price, will your sellers take less?" (Try showing homes the buyer can afford.)
"I know you have a ton of offers, but can I send you a lowball because it's all cash?" (It's always all cash in the end.)
"Is the home vacant? The listing says the home is vacant." (Then I guess the home is vacant.)
"On this short sale, how long has the seller owned the property and how many loans are there?" (You can look that up yourself)
And it doesn't stop. I left a v/m for another agent on a listing that was priced way under market. It had been on the market for 2 days, and I suspected she was swamped with offers. I said, "Hi, Wendi, I have 2 words for you: Rock Creek." Because I figured her Rock Creek was my Red Cedar (a Sacramento short sale with tons of offers). She sent a text message, "Millions of offers." Efficient. I like that.
The Short Sale Savior, by Elizabeth Weintraub, coming in June 2009.
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If you're looking for information on Sacramento short sales, call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759.