..."Come on in to my Open House!"
"How are you? Come on in to the kitchen and you can sign in so the sellers know that someone showed up!"
"No, that's ok. We have a buyer's agent, but she couldn't come today. She said to just give you her card."
"That's fine. What brought you here today?"
"My husband's mother just lives 3 houses down and she thought we should see this house. She babysits our kids every day. We are just being nosey, we are not ready to buy yet."
"That's great! If you grew up in this neighborhood and went to the local school, you may know my son AJ. He might have graduated the same year as you."
"OMG! You're AJ's MOM!! Yeah, I played baseball with him in high school. Is he still in Edgewater? I drive past there every morning on my way to the Pentagon where I've been working for 5 years."
"Well, don't let me take up all your time... Let me show you around so you can get going with your day. You might like this flier I made up, it gives you an idea about financing and what a monthly payment would look like using different types of loans.'
"Thanks, but, no thanks, that's ok. We are already pre-approved through USAA."
"Come this way....this is the family room, the sellers just installed blah, blah, blah....."
"whisper, whisper, whisper, nudge, OMG!! JIM, I LOVE IT!, whisper, whisper, blah,blah,blah...gasp"
"Thank you so much, Susan, for showing us around. Say hi to AJ for me...."
"I will!! Well, good luck in your house search!" hehehe....said the spider to the fly....
You just gave away the damn bank cuz this is what the seller's agent now knows:
*USAA approved you so you are definitely in the market for a house
*Your mother babysits your kids so this house could be ideal for you AND her
* I eavesdropped enough to know you love it and can hardly contain yourselves with your glee
*You work at the Pentagon so you ain't poor
*Even though you were cagey and you refused to sign in, I can look in public records and see who lives 3 houses down and went to school with AJ (who I will pump for information)
*And you left the card so I know who your buyer's agent is.....
"hehehe....." said the spider "......gotcha!..."
Everything you said, can and will be used against you in the negotiating process.....