What If I Get ...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

 While interviewing sellers for a possible new listing..yes I said that right, even though they thought they were interviewing me... I was asked a question.

Since I'm a solo broker and I set my own standards, they asked what if something happens to me?

My answer...

"If I get hit by a bus or a beer truck...you are out of the contract."

When I visit with a prospective seller, I give them the chance to ask me as many questions as they like about how the RE process works.

Plenty of sellers have sold other houses and have expectations of the agent. Plenty of sellers have interviewed other agents and openly share what they did or did not like about them. I could make a long list of those things..many make me smile... but I may save that for another post. 

The obvious 'how much can you sell my house for'  is not an answer I am willing to share until I know we will be working together. Sellers need to be 100% sure they want to work with me before I give that information.

After the commitment is made...I will know the seller's " in their pocket bottom line" and I can figure out if their number is realistic.  Most of the time much of my interview is done over the phone before I see the house. Obtaining information about the house, reasons for selling, and what their time frame for moving is known prior to seeing the house.

Today these folks are not ready to list. There is a lot to be either touched up, removed and cleaned out. I'll keep you posted whether this will be a new listing or not.

But if I get hit by a bus they are out of the contract.

 

Margaret Rome

 

 

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Susan Haughton
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LOL...I love your sense of humor and great answer.

Jan 10, 2019 07:31 PM #1
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Hannah Williams
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I really have to laugh at this Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland . I don't tell them exactly the same thing but when they get to the what if -- .....I say what if you walk across the street and get hit by a car ---then they laugh and see the ludicrousness --   it does break the ice

Jan 10, 2019 07:37 PM #2
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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chemisty is important...or it makes no difference what the price is !

Jan 10, 2019 08:32 PM #3
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Elyse Berman
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland Heaven forbid!  People who do not realize how lucky they are to have as their agent should go get a team and see if they prefer selling their home that way.  They called you for a reason - either they knew you, of you, or your reputation.   Why call at all if they were worried about that?

Jan 11, 2019 03:00 AM #4
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Elyse Berman My goal is they are comfortable enough to ask any me anything. Teams so use that against me...and it's ok.

Jan 11, 2019 03:21 AM #5
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson Without that chemistry...there is no reason to go further.

Jan 11, 2019 03:22 AM #6
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Hannah Williams Without a bit of humor...this RE does not work. I used the phrase, hit by a bus, they used hit by a beer truck. Either one gets the message across.

Jan 11, 2019 03:24 AM #7
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Susan Haughton We need to be careful about taking ourselves and the situation too seriously. A bit of humor at the right time...works.

Jan 11, 2019 03:26 AM #8
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That's the perfect answer, Margaret!  Humor with fact!  I hope you have a good weekend!

Jan 11, 2019 05:19 AM #9
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Good morning Margaret.  Do me a favor and avoid any and all busses.

Jan 11, 2019 05:49 AM #10
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I rather get hit by a beer truck. More dramatic and my friends would never forget me.

Jan 11, 2019 06:15 AM #11
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Good morning Margaret and well done. I like your style and you made me chuckle.

Jan 11, 2019 07:00 AM #12
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Myrl Jeffcoat Always good to see you. Humor with fact...perfect.

Jan 11, 2019 07:57 AM #13
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Dear Gabe Sanders  I do like the way you think.

Jan 11, 2019 07:57 AM #14
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Mike Baltierra For sure it makes a better story in the telling.

Jan 11, 2019 07:58 AM #15
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Sheila Anderson A little chuckle was my intent. Have a great weekend.

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Hahahahaha. Well that pretty much covers it. Have a wonderful day, Margaret.  D 

Jan 12, 2019 07:42 AM #17
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Many of our questions can be handled with facts and a bit of humor. Always good to see you.

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