My husband and I plan to move to a lakefront property here in the Florida Panhandle... someday. Definitely not today or tomorrow, probably not next year or even the next (although you never know) ... but... someday.
Well, it's Sunday morning and all is quiet here at the homefront, and I couldn't think of anything I'd rather do than surf the 'net looking at lakefront properties. I'm seeing some Good Stuff - properties I'd like to know more about, if for no other reason than to start identifying and learning about neighborhoods in the area that offer waterfront homes.
But of course, in order to find out more about the Good Stuff I'm seeing, I have to register my name, phone number and email address. Which I really don't mind doing - I understand that the agent who is providing (and paying for) the search engine does so with the hope of generating business for him or herself. Hey, they're providing a free service that I'm happy to take advantage of and if the only cost to me is a little contact information, I can live with that.
I'm sitting here at my computer hesitating to enter my contact details. Not really because I'm worried about being barraged with phone calls from hungry real estate agents, but because I suspect they'll be annoyed with me when I disclose my admittedly weak motivation to buy. After all, I have a house to sell that I've given no thought to selling, I haven't spoken with a lender, and I have no real need to move. I'm definitely not that 90-day paycheck that you *should* be focusing your time, effort and energy on.
So, what should I do? Do I go ahead and register, and, if you call me, lie to you about my timeframe? Do I register and then avoid your call? Do I register, and when you call me, tell you the truth and risk being ranted about in your blog as a Buyer Who Wants to Waste Your Time?
Seriously, I'm asking...