From time to time, the Pastor of my church home mentions that the "message" often takes a week or longer to develop... It ocurred to me that is often how it is with me functioning as a buyer's agent (likely many other buyer's agents as well).
First, we target location, size, bedrooms, baths and other more unique criteria important to the prospective buyer. In the Gulf Coast most agents have been burned by sending MLS listings without first contacting the listing office--so we call the listing office to validate availability and showing instructions.
Second, I get permission to preview properties--which takes about 1/2 day in organizing and physically viewing.
Third, after ruling out obvious misfits for reasons such as: smoking, poor curb appeal or other "don't show me if...criteria" I notify buyers of availability and decide on a time frame for viewing according to their schedule preferences. Next, I map out a tour and try to set appointments logistically.
Showing day arrives. I have made an extra map and an mls flier for each property along with property condition disclosures when available.
Today's criteria was: Long Beach, Mississippi (Harrison County), minimum 4Bed/2Bath, 2000 sq ft. We had six homes mapped ranging in age from 9yrs to 30yrs that fell within the price range of $199K to $238K.
All of the homes were in very presentable condition. I am quite proud of the Long Beach homeowners that made the "cut". Each home on our tour would make a great home for someone. Southern charm is back with sellers and listing agents being friendly and gracious. They were all accommodating about our schedule, granting us leeway as we quickly fell behind schedule from spending so long with each home. (My buyers loved each home, took their time to savor the "feel" and mentally placed furniture, etc...:-)
So now we have a top two homes. Tomorrow I will be rounding up information regarding flood zone rating, county records, etc.
After parting with my buyers I was driving to Biloxi for an appointment with the Cable One production team to work on some listing ads when I suddenly remembered a for sale by owner home I had visited almost 2 years ago that could work for this couple. I made a pit stop by the for sale by owners home and was assured the home was still available. They, were very hospitable.
I boldly asked them why they thought the home had not sold yet as even at 1 point the had listed with a REALTOR of a well known franchise. They bluntly told me that they went in overpriced. And that now because they are not paying an agent they have reduced the price by $17, 000 (I see how well that method is working for them).
I will run the concept of this property by my buyers and show it if they are interested. The property has some very strong points, but also has two troublesome design issues the buyers will not like and will have to correct to be comfortable.
So that is how a week rolls into an afternoon of a well designed home tour. Fun? You betcha!
The buyers are now adding finishing touches to a mortgage preparation package in order to be ready to interview morgage lenders and choose which to pre-authorize with.
What do you think I asked them to do? Keep in mind that I am a firm believer in client empowerment.
Again, this particular Buyer tour was arranged in Long Beach, Mississippi, Harrison County, 39560--which just happens to be my town of residence as well.
I arrange tours of any area by request, but most frequently arrange buyer tours for Gulfport, Long Beach and Pass Christian.