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