Different responses to different buyer calls.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

We are in the midst of a major marketing effort for a property and phone calls are coming in. We are running an advertising campaign that is geared to the general public. Mostly, the calls are pretty straight forward and mostly ends up in a showing.

Then there was one that just put up some red flags for me. Don't know why, but this is what happened.

The call came in with no caller I.D., which is pretty unusual these days.

The caller repeatedly said his name was "John" when I asked his name several times in several ways.

He asked me to send all the disclosures for which he would give me his email. I told him I could supply those to him after a showing and if he was prepared to make an offer. I pushed him on setting up a showing this weekend, but he said he would not be able to until sometime next week.

Then he kept asking me about the "zoning" and I repeatedly said it was "residential". The property does have a house, guest house which is rented out and a huge workshop. He kept referring to it as "multi use" or "higher density" and I had to keep correcting him, that it was "residential".

I did tell him that the property used to be a business but he would need to check with the county if whatever business he planned to have there would be legal.

During this strange conversation, I could hear someone prompting him, feeding him lines. But, who knows, it could have been a helpful spouse or friend.

Do you sometimes have the feeling people try to trip you up? Which is not happening to this real estate broker. I would never sell a property as something it is not.

Let's see if he calls back next week to want a showing. Hopefully, by that time, it will be under contract.


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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Sounds like a very strange and unusual call.  I'm curious to see the outcome, and I'm sure you are too Hella.

Mar 19, 2016 08:07 PM #1
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Hella. Very strange indeed, you have good reason to be suspicious. Be interested to know if your judgment is correct.

Mar 19, 2016 08:24 PM #2
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That is strange and you have to wonder what his agenda was. Maybe you will hear back and get to schedule a showing. You never know with some people and you handled it just right.

Mar 19, 2016 11:02 PM #3
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

You just never know with some people...good thing your antennae were up and functioning.  Keep us posted if you hear from him again.

Mar 19, 2016 11:41 PM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® You don't suppose this was a 'mystery shopper' working for CAR do you?

Mar 20, 2016 02:30 AM #5
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Hella, those gut feelings are usually right ... but not always. Sometimes people are phishing for information because they do not want to be forthcoming as to why they are really calling.  Those folks are not my favs. I prefer being upfront and honest. 

Mar 20, 2016 02:31 AM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hella if something seems off - it's off almost all the time. Trust yourself. Good luck on getting a great offer!

Mar 20, 2016 05:53 AM #7
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I doubt it was C.A.R. or a competitor. It was probably a neighbor who had a spat with the seller.

Mar 21, 2016 05:34 AM #8
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Trust your judgement.

Everyday I meet  strange and evasive people. We meet at law office(RE) I show you mine and expect you to be upfront with me.

No time for games.

Mar 23, 2016 10:13 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Hella... I don't often receive "strange" phone calls, but I have learned to trust my instincts and my gut when I do. Hard to say what this guy's agenda was, but I probably would give him two more seconds of thought.

Mar 23, 2016 09:53 PM #10
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

People can be flipping weird,,, I always think that if my suspicions get raised its for a darn good reason.

Mar 30, 2016 11:54 AM #11
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