Want To See Inside A House When You Are Not A Buyer?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

I get phone calls from people who believe that they are entitled to see a house just because it has a sign out front.  Not so.  Where it is true that the yard sign is a Commercial Invitation, I have a professional obligation to screen people who I bring to the property and take inside.  They have to be a qualified buyer.  When I unlock that door, I am basically telling the listing agent and owner that I have done my Due Diligence in determining that the person who is with me is actually a potential buyer.

Sometimes people who want to see a house get fairly ugly when they are told they can't do it the way they want to do it.  For an interesting blog on people who think the best way to buy a house is to deal directly with the listing agent, go see http://actvra.in/bWJ  

In the last week,  I have dealt with phone calls from two people who became angry because I wasn't willing to drop everything and go unlock a house for them to see, no questions asked.  In both cases, the callers told me that they were only interested in seeing that house and that house only.  That statement almost always sets off the Tilt Meter.  That statement is usually code for some other agenda. 

For example, I have gotten phone calls from people who lived in the house as a child and want to see inside.  A more common example is that they are neighbors thinking about selling their own home and they want to see how their home compares. 

Get yourself a Buyer's Agent, people!  You just have no idea how much better your deal will go if you take the time to find a competent Buyer's Agent.....

If you aren't a buyer, the very best way to get into the house is to contract the listing agent and ask when there will be an Open House.  You are completely welcomed to just come and look at an Open House.  Usually 1/3rd to 1/2 of the people who come through the door at an Open House are not buyers.  And, they are just as welcomed as people who are well on their way toward the closing table.

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Lord
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Judith - well said!  I can't imagine getting heated if an agent wouldn't let me in, especially with no questions asked....wait for an open house, people!

Jun 06, 2011 04:34 AM #1
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Judith Abbott
Coldwell Banker Residential - Dallas, TX

I pay good money to be a "featured" agent on one of the big commercial real estate websites.  So, my name shows up at the top of the list on a regular basis.  People looking at the website on their I-phones assume that I am the listing agent.  It is common for people to become angry and borderline abusive when I don't just say "yes, when do you want me there to unlock the door?". 

Two days ago, a caller told me that she only wanted to see THAT house and that house only and that if I couldn't show it to her  that she would just call someone else.  Then she hung up on me.  It wasn't 3 minutes later when she phoned me about ANOTHER HOUSE.  I recognized the voice, called her by name, told her that she had reached me again.  She said "oh" in a smallish voice, and hung up a 2nd time.  I just blessed her and let her go.

But, her life would be so much simpler if she would just go find a competent Buyer's Agent.....so much simpler!

Jun 06, 2011 04:43 AM #2
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Kevin Vitali
EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales - Tewksbury, MA
Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers

Couldn't be said any better....

Jun 06, 2011 08:10 AM #3
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