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Here's my number-so Call Me Baby... Maybe.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX DREAM
Dating. The emotions run the gamet from fun to nerve racking. And it all starts with, "Here's my number." So what does dating have to do with real estate? Well, when it comes to choosing a Realtor and having a good realtionship, the two are very similar.So I'm going to give you 10 quick tips on'dating a Realtor.

1.) Call me baby! When you meet someone give them good contact information. We don't want to call the bad date number you give out to the weirdos. And double check what you've given us. We like the best number to reach you, the time to call you (we don't want to interupt you), and the email you check often.

2.) Be honest. We are not looking for Mr. or Mrs. Perfect Buyer. We know times are tough and you can't afford the two hundred thousand dollar house on the 30 thousand dollar salary. We, also, know credit report scores are down. So don't tell us you are awesome and ready to go, if you can't afford it.We totally understand and are happy to show you houses in your price range!

3.) Check me out, hot stuff! Do your research. Ok, I know you google the date you just had to make sure they are not wanted for crimes, so you should do the same with your Realtor. Check out your Realtor, do they have recommendations, a website, a good company name? Ask others if they know anyone, it's a great place to start. 

4.) Be ready for our date! You do your primping to get ready for a date, so we ask the same. No, you don't need to get your nails done, but you do need to know how you are going to pay for your future home. Get yourself pre approved. Most sellers won't consider an offer in this economy without a lender letter.More than likely your Realtor can help you find one if you don't have a bank already. (Psst, some lenders are better than others with credit issues, so check out a couple.)
And if you are paying cash, we need proof of funds, i.e., a letter from the bank, account statement etc.

5) .We're not all easy! Showing homes isn't jump in the car and go. To do our job well we have to call realtors, who call sellers, get lockbox codes, map out directions..it's a process. So don't just expect us to drop everything and run out to show you something. We have to make plans, it's best for everyone involved. The more research we do to get ready for our date, the more questions we can answer for you later!

6.) Don't stand us upNo one likes to be stood up, so don't leave us hanging. If you can't make an appointment, call us, text us, email us, but let us know. Nothing worse than standing at home and nobody to show it to! 

 7.) No stalking, please! When we call you, call us back. We don't want to leave you hanging, but we don't want to bug you either. So get in touch, it's the nice thing to do.

8.) Don't cheat on me. Once we are in a realtionship, don't call another Realtor. Sure, you drive down the road, see a for sale sign and call the Realtor, just for information, you say. But why not call your Realtor first. Realtors from any agency (REMAX, Century 21, Local brokerage) , show houses for all the agencies, it only makes sense (dollar and cents too!). So before you call another one, call me baby!

9.)  We just don't do it for you. Sometimes, it just doesn't work out. We feel it too. So before we go to far in the process, let's just call it over. We don't want to hear it from someone else. The key is to let us know. Whether it's a call, text, email, whatever, drop us line and say you just don't think it's going to work, and let us know why. It's hard, I know, but we need to know otherwise we won't improve for our next customer.

10.) In love? Tell the world! We want everyone to know how much you love us! It's how we get more business! Put it on the internet, tell a friend, whatever works best!  We work hard for our money (at least most of us do), and we want you to know it and everyone else too! 

Sue Benson, aka, The Pink Lady
Realtor/Reporter #pinkladyofrealestate
REMAX Marketing Specialists