Don't waste my time. Sounds a little bold.
I am working in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We are not a development with salaried employees who spend hours riding around golf carts with clients and curious visitors, luring them in with Pina Coladas in hand. Just a small real estate office with a small staff.
Everytime it rains, phone calls come pouring in from hotel guests all over the area, wanting to see properties- basically because their excursions are cancelled. Many of these people have never been to the area before, need financing and most time do not qualify- or can't imagine paying into the high interest rates.
This is why for the past 5 years, we have a policy in place; we do showings only with clients or collaborators that have called in advanced, people with whom we have discussed financing and property needs.
Today a U.S. Based realtor called me because he just spent 5 hours with an agent in another area and wants a similar tour to "feel the place out" in my golf communnity. I told him that what he needs to do is take a taxi and visit some of the area shops and walk around the community to get a feel for it. I really cannot afford to spend 5 hours showing him around, not to mention traveling to his hotel 60 minutes each way. He insisted, so I told him I could meet him half way or he can take a taxi and meet us in the area, but that was not acceptable to him.
In my experience as a buyer in the states, some agents won't even work with you if you have not even been qualified, so why are they expecting a free tour, complete with drinks and lunch- or dinner- from us? Some agencies charge, but I just did not like the idea, plus I am not a tour guide.
In the past, we have never sold anyone who just happened to show up on a rainy day and decided to impulsively blow 200,000. Most of our serious buyers search the internet, request calls and ask lots of questions before their arrival. If people are serious about buying, they can take a taxi and meet us at least in town.
Every time I try to explain, I am met with hostility.
So does anyone have any ideas as to how I can politely say 'Don't waste my time?'