Q: WHY ARE BUYERS DOING THEIR OWN IDX SEARCHES ON REALTOR®' WEBSITES BUT NOT FOLLOWING THROUGH BY CALLING OR EMAILING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION?
A: Most probably because buyers see photos and descriptions which gives them enough information to know whether they have an interest or not.
Q: BUYERS FEEL AN OBLIGATION ONCE THEY MAKE THAT CALL TO THE REALTOR®
A: At least in California, unless you sign a "Buyers Representation Agreement," have not asked the REALTOR® to make an offer on your behalf, have not had the REALTOR® sign you in anywhere like new construction, there is no obligation on your behalf.
Q: A REALTOR® IS TOO EXPENSIVE:
A: Unless you have a written agreement that states otherwise, the REALTOR® gets paid a commission out of the sellers proceeds when you purchase the home with that REALTOR®'s contractural assistance - you will have signed an agreement with that Realtor(R).
Q: THE REALTOR® WILL START HOUNDING ME ONCE I HAVE GIVEN HIM/HER MY NAME AND OTHER INFORMATION.
A: You, the buyer, need to let the REALTOR® know the groundrules. If the REALTOR® does not agree with them, he/she does not have to work with you. Also, his/her license is at stake. You have all kinds of recourse if you feel you are being harassed.
Q: THEY ALL WANT ME TO GET PRE-APPROVED BEFORE SHOWING ME ANY HOMES:
A: This is for your own good. How do you know how much house to look for unless you know your budget? In this market of tight inventory, making an offer without a pre-approval letter from your lender is pretty futile. Sellers will accept offers that have the best chance at getting to the closing table. If you don't have a pre-approval letter with your offer, chances are the seller will accept another offer which does.
Q: WHAT IF I WANT TO SEE WHAT'S AVAILABLE BUT I HAVE TO SELL MY HOUSE FIRST:
A. Then it is probably best to just look around the IDX just to see what the housing market is doing. By the time your house is sold, chances are the ones on the IDX are also already sold.
Q: I AM READY TO BUY. I AM PRE-APPROVED. I'VE FOUND SOME HOMES I'D LIKE TO LOOK AT. NOW WHAT?
A: If you are looking for a home in Crescent City, Del Norte County, California: Give me a call, I will be happy to set up showings at your convenience. And please remember, homes go under contract sometimes within a day or two of being listed, so:
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE WHEN YOU WANT TO LOOK AT HOMES.