I Booked a Flight I'll Be There Late Friday Night

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Franklin Homes Realty LLC

I Booked a Flight I'll Be There Late Friday Night

airplaneHome inventory levels have remained low for much of 2013. That makes it difficult when out-of-town buyers see a house come on the market they may be interested in.

Should they hop on a plane and come right away? Or should they wait until several homes of interest come on the market and then travel here?

That's a tough question to answer. Only the buyer can really make that determination but, before they do, they should check with their real estate agent to make sure the agent will be available to show the property.

Today, I showed a home to a prospective buyer's daughter. The buyer lives out-of-state. We used Skype to show the listing to the buyer. I told the buyer I would be in touch with her later this afternoon as I had several appointments.

When I returned to my office and called her this afternoon, she pronounced, "I booked a flight, I'll be there late Friday night."  I wanted to say, "I wish you hadn't done that." Instead, I told her I could show her the house at 9 a.m. Saturday morning but I would be leaving from there to go out of town for a wedding.

I think she was disappointed but this wedding has been on the calendar for several months. We are driving from Franklin to Louisville, KY to attend. Tom's sister is getting married and nothing is going to keep us from this wedding.

I rarely disappoint my clients. I provide them top-notch service. Sometimes on short notice. However, a long-distance buyer should make sure their real estate agent is going to be available before booking a flight. After all, it is Thanksgiving weekend and I could easily have been out of town altogether.

Next time, call your agent before saying, "I booked a flight, I'll be there late Friday night.

Posted by
Tammie White, Managing Broker/Owner
Franklin Homes Realty LLC
Franklin, TN
(615) 495-0752 
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Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

WOW! I hate it when something similar to that happens. I have a client right now who is making my hair white!

Nov 26, 2013 01:28 PM #1
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning, Tammie. It seems as if clients expect us to rearrange our schedules to match theirs. I hope that everything works out well for both you and your buyer.

Nov 26, 2013 04:20 PM #2
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oy vey.  Yes, people need to check, and most especially on holiday weekends.  also, real estate agents have many clients...so even if you were in town, you still might have been booked.

Nov 26, 2013 05:32 PM #3
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

You've got nothing to feel guilty about, it wasn't wise on the clients part to book a flight without knowing your availability.

Nov 26, 2013 07:02 PM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tammie. What a story. You can only do what you can do. Enjoy the wedding and good luck with the client.

Nov 26, 2013 09:23 PM #5
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Well yeah, you could have been gone the entire weekend. That was not a smart thing to do. But then again, buyers just do their thing and expect us to jump.

Nov 26, 2013 09:33 PM #6
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Tammie, assuming you would available was a bad idea.   Anytime I have new relocation buyers I always ask that BEFORE they schedule a trip, to review the calendar so I can be available for the majority of their time here.

Nov 26, 2013 10:14 PM #7
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Sussie - I am pretty flexible because the majority of my buyers are out-of-town and arranged to come in days or weeks ahead of time. However, this weekend is already cut short with my kids because of the wedding we're attending. I was just so shocked she would book a flight without speaking with me first.

Michael - For the most part, I can do that.

Debbie - Absolutely true.

Roger - I have spent enough time with this buyer to know that she's not going to like this house when she sees it in person. It will be a waste of money and time for everyone concerned.

Sheila - I know she expected that she'd see this house and then I'd take her around to see others but our plan is to leave no later than 10 a.m. for the wedding.

Debbie - I just couldn't believe someone would act so quickly without speaking with me first.

Joan - This person hadn't really thought that through before booking her flight.

Nov 27, 2013 01:06 AM #8
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That is certainly presumptious on the part of that buyer, but I'm sure you'll find a way to get her covered.

Nov 27, 2013 03:39 AM #9
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