Leads $$$ .... or Safety?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage 6501390356

I'm currently at the office doing floor time and taking calls. I'm hopeful to get a lead. So hopeful. Instead I get a call about a vacant house and whether or not it's still available. I tell him yes and he says he's interested in seeing the house "right now!" I explain a few things and I'm sure you all know what they are. I offered him some options and ways I could help him. Throughout the conversation he gets more and more agitated. He literally wants me to stop what I'm doing, not knowing a thing about him, and drive 20 minutes to an abandoned house. By the way, he doesn't need a pre-approval because he's using cash. Okay, I may be new but I'm not stupid. He says he's frustrated about agents and forms and this and that. I try to tell him that it's good business practice to do things a certain way but he didn't care and he ended up hanging up on me. 


Being new, I have this idea that I should grab up anything and everything I can get my hands.  I need to rethink that and consider, like I mentioned above, good business practice. Safety is a huge issue and should be at the forefront of any agent's mind and considered good business practice. No lead and no amount of money should ever be more important than sticking to safe practices. Also, intuition and instincts are real and should be utilized to the fullest extent. 

Comments (8)

Kim Johnson
Signature Realty Inc. - Coral Springs, FL
Selling South Florida

Good evening Dori! Sounds like you made a very wise decision! 

Aug 06, 2015 09:16 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

You did the right thing Dori Thurmond , always think safety 1st. Even if he was legit, which I doubt, we don't have to work for A-holes if we don't want to, it's not worth the agrivation.

Aug 06, 2015 09:19 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Well done, Dori!  Even Mr. Cash needs a proof of funds statement from his financial institution especially if he is in a hurry to buy and make an offer.  No shortcuts on this one and good for you for making the right choice!!!!!

Aug 06, 2015 09:23 AM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

Kim Johnson  - I'm pretty comfortable with my decision lol 

Bob "RealMan" Timm  - That, too! Don't demand I stop what I'm doing and meet you 20 minutes away RIGHT NOW! If you're this much of a pain now, I wouldn't want to go through an entire transaction with you anyhoo :) 

Aug 06, 2015 09:23 AM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

Bruce Walter - Exactly!!! You have all this cash... prove it! 

Aug 06, 2015 09:24 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good evening Dori,

Safety first in this day and age!

If he wasn't willing to compromise on the phone he probably wouldn't be compromising in person.

Make yourself a great day.

Aug 06, 2015 09:27 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

In my office we sometimes go, but generally speaking it's when a couple of agents can go to meet the random person. Going alone is not wise.

Aug 14, 2015 01:40 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Dori Thurmond , You are right.  Safety first. If you had to go to a vacant house, always take someone with you.  My wife always had me go with her on first time meetings, whether at a vacant house or not.

Aug 22, 2015 02:17 PM