Recently I got a call from someone that I had met a couple weeks back at an open house, the house I had wasn't the one for them, but they were out looking and said they would contact me if they found something. I didn't want to push it as it was an open house, but they did take my card and asked me a lot of questions about lease options.
Now, fast forward to yesterday when they decided to call back and say that they were sorry they didn't use me, but wondered if I would help them. HUH? Well, you see they had found a property that was a lease option and they were using another agent that was a little more aggressive at an open house. But, the problem is, this agent apparently had never done a lease option and every question they asked, he would say, "I don't know."
Now, they are calling me asking me for advice and I had to tell them, that I'm not their agent and these are question they need to ask their agent. He kept saying, "But, my agent doesn't understand lease options!"
I understand this. You hired that agent to find you a home, but if you hire a plumber to do an electricians job, don't call the electrician when your plumber is in trouble. They are not going to fix the problem over the phone and certainly aren't going to be offering their services to you for free.
So, if you have special needs, such as lease option or owner financing, I suggest you call an agent that specializes in lease options or owner financing or it could cost you a lot in time, money, and possibly even time in court if the paperwork isn't done properly. If you are in the market for a home that is either a lease option or owner financing, then please give me a call and I would love to help you get in to that home. But, if you're calling to have me help your agent that decided to break the rules and try something that he didn't understand, or has no knowledge of then, I'm sorry, I can't help you, I have my own clients to take care of.