Is HE your client?

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Real Estate Agent with LAER Realty Partners

Though I am not a proponent of the open houses, I do end up hosting an open house once in a while.

At open house, I do have my laptop on and all the current MLS information available to all the guests. And, not to mention, my spreadsheet on my laptop where guests sign in - let me call it 'Guest Registry'. (It is not so easy to decode the writings of some of the guests, sometimes 's' becomes '5' or 'A' becomes '4' and much more...)

So here comes one of the guest at open house. I do ask him to sign in. A single guy with a desire to move in this neighborhood, likes the home but may not buy immediately and may wait till early next year.

One of the column in my guest registry is the name of the agent, his/her contact number and the office he/she works at.

This gentleman provides me with a name. I search in our MLS and show him the picture of the agent. He says, yes, that's her - have seen few homes together but haven't found the right home. (Of course, I was talking to myself - THIS IS THE RIGHT HOME FOR YOU, SIR!).

So, Open House ended on a successful note - two guests working with agents, loved the home so it's easy for me to follow up. Two other guests, do not have the pre-approval, just started etc - so may be, not the right time or right home for them.

My usual practice is to call or email all the visitors and their agents (if they have a representation) to request a feedback - mostly email.

Later that evening, I sent an email to the agent, requesting a feedback from these agents. One of them informed me that her client already liked another home and will not go ahead with my listing. Fair enough. 

No answer for a day from another agent. Another email to her - hoping that the first one may have been in spam folder. No answer once again.

Next morning, I picked up the phone and asked her if she received my emails. She hesitantly said, "yes, but I don't know who you are talking about".

I was little surprised and gave her the details of the client, mentioned that he insisted that you are HIS agent.

She politely replied to me - I wish all my clients are like him...I wish HE was my client...alas, he wasn't!

At this point, I surely do not know what to do!

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Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC
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Praful~ I really like the idea of having a log on the computer for guest to sign in and that you ask them to list their agent! As far as the fellow with the absent Agent he probably saw her sing somewhere and decided to list her for whatever reason... People never cease to amaze me!!

Nov 28, 2010 03:13 PM #1
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Thanks for stopping by, Melissa.

Logging in the guest list directly into my laptop helps me a lot. I almost never make spelling mistakes, I get their correct email addresses and phone numbers (you know how some handwritings are) and most importantly - I can email the stripped-off version of this spreadsheet (no contact number or email address) directly to the seller.

It also helps me keep log of the activities.

Nov 28, 2010 03:49 PM #2
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Praful Thakkar
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About this buyer..you are right, Melissa - it also amazes me, why people do that.

Nov 28, 2010 03:51 PM #3
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Maureen Fukumoto
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Maureen

I find that people sometimes say they have an agent simply because they don't want to be "cornered".  It's amazing how many of them can't produce thier agents last name, or sometimes even a first name, just "she's with xyz company". 

Nov 28, 2010 08:22 PM #4
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Melissa McKinney
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Praful~Just wanted to stop back and see if you ever heard from that fellow again or if anything came out of this?? :0)

Nov 29, 2010 01:28 PM #5
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Praful Thakkar
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Melissa, I sent him an email - as I try to collect as much information as I can. So far, good news is - email is NOT bounced, but on the other hand, I have not heard anything from him!

I guess, he will surface up when he REALLY wants to buy - till then....

Nov 29, 2010 02:47 PM #6
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Dipti Thakkar
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This happens once in a while, Praful.

I am learning from you about this.

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