Home Buyers! Would You Change Dentists in the Middle of a Root Canal?

Real Estate Agent with Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC RB14037276

Home Buyers! Would You Change Dentists,

in the Middle of a Root Canal?

Real Estate can be a complex subject, when it comes to home buyers without any experience. After talking to a new client, we find out as much information as we can about the home of their dreams, they have in mind.  We know how many bedrooms, bathrooms, what kind of interior layout they are looking for, as well as the home itself. What does this have to do with a toothache, you say?

The Buyer and the Real Estate Agent vs. The Dentist and the Patient

Agent: You meet Mr. and Mrs. Homebuyer, for the first time.  As a Real Estate professional, you outline what steps will be taken during the home-buying process.  This includes getting pre-approved with a mortgage lender, before you even start looking.

Dentist: When you go to the Dentist, there are forms to fill out, so the Dentist knows everything they need to know about you, the patient, before they do anything.  Then there are X-rays to be examined and discussed.


Once the ground work has been completed and both the Buyer and the Patient know the steps involved, then the process can begin.  The Real Estate Agent can start sending listings to the buyer and the Dentist can start the first stage of the root canal.


Buyer: After showing the Buyer several homes, Mr Buyer starts looking on his own, going to open houses, calling the agents that are listed on the For Sale signs. Many times, the Real Estate Agent is unaware what the buyer is doing, even though they were told in the beginning that they needed to go though the Agent.

Patient: After one or two appointments, they no longer have the pain they had, in the beginning and to make thing complicated, they talk to friends and family about their experience and were told how great their dentist was. Now they are tempted to change Dentists, because of everyone else's input.


Buyer: To make a long story short, the buyer finds a home through another agent, but it wasn't quite what they wanted, but the agent still wants their business. The new agent now has to start from scratch, obtaining the same information the other agent acquired.

Patient: If they choose to listen to their peers, may have to start all over with paperwork, insurance, allergy and past history information....and more x-rays in some cases.


The Dentist is working for the Patient to reach the agreed conclusion.

The Real Estate Agent is also working for the Buyer to reach the agreed conclusion


I can't imagine very many patients changing Dentists in the middle of having a root

canal, so why change Real Estate Agents in the middle of their procedures.


If you know anyone that wants to buy or sell their home in the Elkhart County,

or surrounding area, have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577,

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart, Indiana,

or email larry@larry-johnston.com 


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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

An excellent analogy Larry. It make s you think.

Dec 27, 2015 05:57 AM #1
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

Or like changing lawyers in the middle of a lawsuit.  Unacceptable delays and costs.

Dec 27, 2015 06:19 AM #2
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Not very well thought out to change in the middle of any transaction.

Dec 27, 2015 08:29 AM #3
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Larry I have mentioned to many friends how strange this business is, in how people look at us and how we are treated.  Very strange to me and I doubt I will understand.  Mark

Dec 27, 2015 09:51 AM #4
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

People seem to believe that agents all have separate listings and they need to get many involved in order to find  home.  Foolish

Dec 27, 2015 10:38 AM #5
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Larry, You make an excellent point about changing Agents in the middle. Many folks do not understand and many think they can save money by switching or get a bigger incentive from the new agent. 

Dec 29, 2015 05:09 AM #6
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

The title of this post had me laughing out loud!  And the content is great. 

Dec 29, 2015 05:14 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Larry -- I love the title and your message is spot on.   

Dec 30, 2015 02:13 AM #8
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