First Time Buyers: I Promise I am NOT Hiding Homes from You

Reblogger Praful Thakkar
Real Estate Agent with LAER Realty Partners

First Time Home Buyers have expectations.

From their real estate professionals.

An excellent repost from Susan Haughton.

First Time Buyers: I Promise I am NOT Hiding Homes from You

Original content by Susan Haughton 0225085927

man shopping for housesWe all suffer from information overload at times, I imagine.  

Consumers, especially first time home buyers, must feel equally overwhelmed with the plethora of information out there as regards the process of home buying.  

Everyone has an opinion and seemingly, everyone wants to be sure you see it!  

So, what's a home buyer to do?  So many sites, so many sources, so many agents, so many houses...who to trust?  Who to listen to?  Which site to use?

It's no secret this industry suffers from what some like to say is a "low barrier to entry."  I don't think it's a coincidence there is a direct correlation between virtually no barrier to entry and the low approval ratings the real estate industry suffers from. 

Trust is a huge issue and rightfully so, as we are talking about a huge purchase using someone else's money.  I think it's a big responsibility. 

Unfortunately, this lack of trust can be widespread and so it doesn't surprise me to get an email from a client with a long laundry list of MLS numbers or property addresses they found online, courtesy of Zillow or Trulia, of course.  This, despite our already having had "the talk" about how those sites are basically lead aggregators who like to take our listings and sell leads back to us, that the data is not always current and really, you don't need to use them.  Trust me. 

This, of course, after they have already received from me an auto update directly from the MLS, real time information as soon as it happens.  Well, okay, within nano seconds. 

So, why do they do it? I don't know.  I guess they are frustrated with the current lack of inventory and  I honestly don't think they realize how much time it takes us to take the list THEY FOUND ONLINE!!! and go through the MLS and check the status of every listing, just so we can then turn around and mark each listing with "Under contract," "Sold," "Under contract," "Withdrawn," "Short Sale" (remember you don't have the flexibility for a short sale), etc. then explain once again why we provide them with real time, legitimate information.  

Sure, it's frustrating for us, but imagine how frustrating it is to be a home buyer in this market these days.  

However, let me just say this...the agents I know have no vested interest in not showing you the most current inventory and giving you the most accurate information.  We don't hide houses! 


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

This is very apropros for the current thinventory conditions we've been experiencing (actually for three years now). I'm forever reassuring clients that I've not hidden any properties... they worry because there's so little to choose from.  As I tell them "you want to buy, I want to sell... why would I hide any options from you?"

Sep 08, 2018 03:52 AM #1
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

There has been a lack of inventory in our market for many years. And well priced new listings get picked up quick. Agents try their best to show homes which may work for their buyers, but the lack of inventory does limit choices.

Sep 08, 2018 01:26 PM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I love this concept that we have the perfect home for the client - but we are not giving it to them - just because!

Sep 08, 2018 03:07 PM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I don’t remember if I already commented about something like this, but this type of thing is still the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard and very paranoid seeming
. Wow!

Sep 08, 2018 10:38 PM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Lise Howe Seriously! Have you ever heard of anything more ridiculous? I suppose there are more ridiculous things in the world, but this one just baffles me! :)

Sep 08, 2018 10:40 PM #5
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