But It's Your Job To Show Houses!!

Real Estate Agent with The Kelly Group Real Estate

Excellent post, before you ask to see a home, please make sure you are ready, willing and able to purchase a home.  If you need the name of a lender, give me a call, there are several I work with and recommend. 

Original content by Liz and Bill Spear SAL.2002007747

Open Door"But It's Your Job To Show Houses!!"

That's a quote we'd NORMALLY agree with!  But there's an important condition that applies, the buyers MUST actually be able to purchase the home.

We're not here to just show homes willy nilly!  It's got nothing to do with gas pushing $4 a gallon and EVERYTHING to do with our obligations to our clients.

Our sellers expect us to bring QUALIFIED buyers through their door.  Otherwise, would YOU want to be asked to leave your home for an hour or two just so someone can take a guided tour?  Wouldn't really appeal to you if you knew those "tourists" couldn't actually purchase your home would it?

And as much as we'd PREFER to not show homes until we know the buyer has a preapproval letter, in the interests of not discouraging buyers from looking at our listings, we typically WILL make that first showing "for free".  There are too many competing homes on the market for us to bypass what might be a valid opportunity.  So we and our sellers will permit that initial disruption to our schedules to make sure the opportunity is created.  But after that, a preapproval letter is required.  If you're able to be financially qualified, they're actually pretty quick to get from a reputable mortgage company.  And if you don't have a trusted mortgage loan officer, you bet we can help with that!

preapproval letter

And you know what else?  It protects YOU as the buyer!  The LAST thing we ever want to do is take you into a home, have you fall in love with it, and THEN realize it's just a bit above what you can afford!  It's a heart breaker to all of us, and we HATE to break hearts.  So a little preliminary work truly is in YOUR best interest.  And that mortgage check might tell you NOW is not the time to buy your home.  We're patient individuals, whether you're ready to go today, or a year or two from now, we'll be ready and happy to serve you!

So if we tell you "NO", we're not going to show you any more homes until you get a preapproval letter, it's not just to be mean!  It's our job to guard both the seller's and YOUR best interests, and getting you that preapproval letter is a critical component!

Serving Warren County's residential real estate needs,
Liz and Bill aka BLiz

The Liz Spear Team
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Sandy Mitchell, Buyer's Agent


The Kelly Group, Keller Williams

Portland Premier

215 N Blaine St.

Newberg, Oregon 97132


Comments (4)

Marge Draper
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto - Menlo Park, CA
REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA

In our area if a buyer has a preapproval letter, it means they also have an agent who could show them the property.  I rather like that system.  We also let other agents show our listings using a lock box.  I will take a buyer out the first time without the letter, but not after that.

Apr 30, 2011 06:59 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Sandy, Thanks for the reblog!  Much appreciated!

Apr 30, 2011 07:06 AM
Sandy Mitchell
The Kelly Group Real Estate - Newberg, OR
Making A House Your Home

Marge: I received a call last weekend that went something like this: 

Caller: We'd like to see the home located at 123 xxx Street today sometime.

Me: Are you pre-approved?

Caller: No, we know we can't buy the house, it's way too much money for us but we just want to see the inside.

Me: I'm sorry, the seller requires that clients are pre-approved before they see the property.  Would you like the name of a lender so you can see what you are qualified to purchase?

Caller: No, that's ok, we don't have good credit so we can't buy anything right now.

I don't know what some people are thinking, do they think I am chomping at the bits to go show them a house when they can't buy anything?  They don't seem to understand, this is my livelyhood, it cost me time and money to show houses.  I take valuable time away from my family and my business and they're telling me they can't even buy a house? 

Apr 30, 2011 07:10 AM
Sandy Mitchell
The Kelly Group Real Estate - Newberg, OR
Making A House Your Home

Thank you for the post Liz, it hits home with me, I'm getting very tired of people wanting to see homes that they can't purchase.  I'm not an entertainment company, this is how I earn a living so I MUST only show homes to people who CAN purchase what I'm showing them.

Apr 30, 2011 07:12 AM