Good Buyers' Agents coach their Buyers....if you wish to attend an open house...call us first. Optimally, if we can, we will meet you there...if not we will contact the listing agent and ask them to honor the relationship with you as a Buyer. OR we will make arrangements to show you the property at another time. IF we are both going in different directions, the listing agent agrees to recognize our buyers as OUR buyers and not throw in the "procuring cause...I have a sign...and I will sing it in the morning..." song...they attend and give our name. Ninety nine per cent of the time that alleviates any potential issues. We will leave the landmark case of the Newbie and her manager trying to prove procuring cause for another blog.
Next step....Mr/Ms Buyer as you go thru the property...the attending agent may tell you the features...hand you literature...OR ask you questions about what you like..what you are
for in a house...etc. If you have already told them you are working with...the what and why answers are not really their concern. Continue touring the home...quietly.
Why Quietly ? Because....in the court of negotiation...should you decide to write an offer on that house..any positive thing you say can and likely will be used against you in the course of negotiation. The comments will come back to bite you...we will hear the listing agent tell us how you drooled over the kitchen, fell in love with the backyard...started placing your furniture etc., etc. They are already of the impression that you will beg,borrow or steal to get to be the next owner of that house.
Sooooo...best to save your comments for us and we will help you craft the kind of offer that gets you on your way to your next happily ever after.
This has been a professional caution post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, roker Associates with EXP Realty, LLC, honored to be of service for all things real estate in southeastern Wisconsin.