They really want to buy a house

Real Estate Agent with Mosman Neutral Bay Realty, Sydney Australia License #1398412

Yesterday, it was looking a little overcast early morning which had changed to storms imminent by 10am and by 10.30 the start of our open house it was absolutely pouring with rain and we decided that no one would come out on a day like to day. We were wrong, 9 goups of people showed up in the next 45 mins and we had quite an umbrella collection at the front door. We thanked them all for taking time out to vistit us on such a wet and miserable Saturday morning. They all had the same response, "well we really want to buy a house so we came to see if this was the one!" So the moral is, if they really want to buy a house, they will come and have a look, no matter what the weather, and I know that I'd much rather be following up people who really want to buy a house than those that really don't.

Posted by

Geoff Grist

Mosman Neutral Bay Realty, Sydney Australia

Comments (12)

Robert Wenke
Multi-family Housing, Home Values, Sales Prices - South Brunswick, NJ
Single Family Houses, South Brunswick

Good way to separate the serious buyers form the lookers - have an open house on a day with inclement weather.

Mar 19, 2011 04:27 PM
Nor Yeretsian
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc. - Toronto, ON
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc., Brokerage Toronto

Thanks Geoff for sharing this experience.

A man with a desire is a hard thing to stop.



Mar 19, 2011 04:33 PM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

If you open, they will come... (echo) That is a great lesson, Geoff. Hope the sale goes well!

Mar 19, 2011 04:34 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Great story, Geoff!

  Sounds like a bunch of Serious Buyers came to  your Open House.   I hope that you are able to pick up some potential Sellers and Buyers from these Attendees, and maybe even Sell the Subject Property.

Mar 19, 2011 04:36 PM
Donna Malone
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals - Bridgewater, NS
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia

I'm having 3 Opens at the end of the month. I hope they are as successful as yours.

Mar 19, 2011 05:54 PM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

I sold a house during a hurricane about 12-13 years ago, Geoff. They only had 2 days in the area and had to be back to work so, you're right, when they want to buy......

PS I'm still very good friends with this couple and they have bought and sold several homes since then.

Mar 20, 2011 02:54 AM
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Geoff, this is true - serious buyers will venture out in spite of any weather condition.

Also, I would like to thank you for a wonderful card. When I commented on your post, I didn't expect such a big thank you. I was surprised to find your card at my office - it made my day!

I have just joined AciveRain about two months ago and love being part of this commuinty. I hope to see you often in the Rain. Have a great week!

Mar 22, 2011 06:20 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Geoff, sometimes the best times are those when you think no one else is looking! 

Thank you for the card in the mail!  What a surprise!  :-) Take a look:


Mar 22, 2011 10:05 AM
Geoff Grist
Mosman Neutral Bay Realty, Sydney Australia - Sydney, AU
Author of Sold Above Market book

Hi Elizabeth, I have just joined AR too, welcome!


Mar 22, 2011 10:06 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Welcome to Active Rain, I will be looking forward to reading your blog.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 23, 2011 02:42 AM
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Hello Goeff,

I just wanted to take a moment and say; "Welcome" to Active Rain!  Thank you so much for the card saying you liked my blogpost and also for the postcard thanking me for the comment on your post!  You clearly have great customer service skills!  I am happy to see another AR member with a positive attitude.  Looking forward to more posts from you in the future.

Mar 23, 2011 04:36 AM
Geoff Grist
Mosman Neutral Bay Realty, Sydney Australia - Sydney, AU
Author of Sold Above Market book

Thanks Laura, great to hear from you, have a great Easter!

Apr 21, 2011 01:55 PM