Let me ask you a simple question via a small scenario:
You are sitting at your desk, working away when the phone rings. On the other end is someone who is interested in your services and they would like to meet you at a non-public place.
Do you go?
I posed this question on my personal Facebook wall and the resounding reply from my non-agent friends was NO.
And yet, many homebuyers have no problem asking an agent whom they've never met to do that on a daily basis. I will bet you anything that 99% of agents have received that kind of phone call. What's scary is that many agents WILL GO AND MEET A STRANGER AT A HOME LISTED FOR SALE. BY THEMSELVES.
Are we just asking for trouble?? Why, on God's green earth would we do that???
I have gotten these calls and, in the past, I've tried to be non-offending by suggesting a more public place or my office for our first meeting but now, I just come straight out with it. I ask if they would meet a stranger in a non-public place. I tell them that my safety is more important to me than a check. Nine times out of ten, the buyer understands. I've even had them say, "Wow - that never even crossed my mind" and agree to meet at my office or the local coffee shop.
Here's the deal my future clients: I want to work with you and help you find the home of your dreams. That's why I'm in this business. I love it but there is absolutely no way in the world that I am going to meet you anywhere for the first time that isn't my office. If you're inviting me to do a listing presentation for you, my husband will be with me.
Dear agents - please for the sake of your family - get out of the the it won't happen to me mentality. This isn't a plot line for the crew of CSI New York.
I asked a friend of mine who is a police officer if he goes on calls to homes by himself. A majority of the time he doesn't. (Obviously it would depend on the situation.) If a police officer friend of mine would not go to a call by himself, I can guarantee you that we shouldn't be.
Why do we continually insist on putting ourselves in dangerous situations like open houses, meeting new clients at a listing and so on?