"We don't want to waste your time."

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268


It is not unusual to get a call from the friend of a potential buyer. This is where the actual buyer who tends to be out-of-the-area has been looking at the Internet and seen properties that he or she likes but they are not ready to get involved yet with a real estate agent. As someone told me over the phone this morning, "we don't want to waste your time."

Let me pause here to say that I'm a real estate broker and there's nothing I like more than talk about the beautiful Monterey Peninsula and its real estate market. We are not like many other places, here it's all about "location" and that influences the prices. Flipping homes? Good luck finding dilapidated homes here at cheap prices, that ship has sailed. On the other hand, take a beautiful view lot that has an older smaller home on it and want to maximize the square footage? Absolutely can be done but you need deep pockets and willing to go through permitting processes that are time consuming.  But that's a whole other story.

Back to the "we don't want to waste your time" scenarios that I come up against a lot:

1. Out-of-towners who are scouring pretty much the whole country for "deals". The lady this morning said they were looking from the Carolinas to Texas to Arizona to several places in California. Well, that's pretty spread out and where they will land depends on their goals.  Is it strictly an investment? Well, I think the Monterey Peninsula is an excellent place to buy real estate. If you are worried about what the market will do in the next couple of years, well, we don't have a crystal ball but do have the history of the last downturn.  The Monterey Peninsula was not affected like other parts of the country, at least around the coastline. Most people just hunkered down until it was over with. 

2. Out-of-towners with local friends. These are prospective buyers who have knowledge of the area and might even have lived or visited here in the past. These are people who have a clear vision: they want to get away from the summer heat so prevalent in some other states (Arizona and Texas come to mind, we get lots of buyers from there), are looking for a place to retire, or as an investment. The friend can be trusted to give guidance because they know the buyer, his tastes and financial circumstances. There's nothing I like better than to have the local friend help out to pinpoint likely neighborhoods, for example.

3. Out-of-towners whose dream it is to find a piece of vacant property and building their retirement home. Wow, that's a whole lot of time and effort that just cannot be done from afar even if they have a willing friend or contractor to help them. Looking at photos with a dynamite view does not show the steep grade from which it was taken. Water issues on the Monterey Peninsula can be a major and expensive headache. Permitting can be very stringent depending on where the lot is. Not that I would want to talk someone out of their "dream", but there is so much more involved.

My suggestion is always "come and see for yourself".




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Comments (10)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® I think we all hear that statement of "I don't want to waste your time".... that's a sign of fright on many levels on the part of the potential buyer.... we've even hear that from potential sellers...

Mar 21, 2019 02:52 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Barbara Todaro - That's a good time to explain that we are there to help them. Give them time to work through their questions. I really want them to clarify their needs. And then they are grateful and would at least recommend me in the future.

Mar 21, 2019 06:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hella I love when I get a call and the caller says I do not want to wast your time, let me be the judge:) usually  after a nice discussion we determine if the are Beverly Hills or West Los Angeles buyers, which is OK:)Endre

Mar 21, 2019 11:24 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Endre Barath, Jr. - Like in your area, the "location" comes with a premium and not everyone is qualified or wants to pay that. Lifestyle is pretty much second.




Mar 22, 2019 06:55 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I do think nothing beats seeing things with your own eyes; smelling the scents with your own nose, etc. 

Mar 22, 2019 04:04 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Kat Palmiotti - Unless they already know the area or have at least been here, it's a tough sell. Because it's even more beautiful than portrayed by the media, and that comes with a premium.

Mar 22, 2019 06:58 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Hella. Seeing for yourself is essential in my view. Otherwise you are wasting your time.

Mar 22, 2019 04:59 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Sheila Anderson - You have to be pretty trusting to buy sight unseen.

Mar 22, 2019 06:59 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Hella... I've received my share of calls with the essence of those messages, as well. And one thing I've learned to tell people, as well, is that they have to come and see for themselves.

Mar 22, 2019 05:24 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Nina Hollander - Sometimes time is of the essence where they can't come so they have to rely on others or their instincts, so it's not uncommon here for offers sight unseen.

Mar 22, 2019 07:02 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®  don't ya just love the buyers who think they can buy from pictures or think in a seller's market where in my area it certainly is they can think or as you said to rely on a friends insight - No they have to make a trip to the area perhaps stay a weekend maybe a few trips 

Mar 22, 2019 03:53 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We get the same - and we respond the same as you. It's our job to help people figure out if an area - and a home - is a good fit. And yes, some folks do purchase a home sight-unseen, but most do come and take a look before they are locked into it - such as during the inspection period. 

Mar 23, 2019 07:04 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

When people say I don't want to waste your time, I take them at their word, ha, ha, ha. Because I should be thanking them. Wasting my time is when they don't intend to buy. They are probably telling you the truth.

I only work with people who are ready to sell or buy because I don't have time to help the entire world. If I had little other business, maybe I'd talk to somebody who wasn't ready but with the volume I do it's best to be highly selective.

Mar 23, 2019 12:31 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Easter Hella,  We all hear that, I don't want to waste your time, of course they want to.

Apr 21, 2019 08:20 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I have found, a number of times, that those who comment they don't want to waste my time may be, in fact, more serious than others who cannot admit they are not ready to buy, do not know what they want, or are just looking with no real intention or need to purchase.


Sep 10, 2019 08:32 PM