Buyers Agents - Don't Waste Your Time, Your Clients or the Sellers

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams SC #38703

My Farm just went on the market.  And I had my first showing yesterday.  Having my home on the market, refreshes my memories of what Sellers go thru.

First there was the we HAVE to see it today. Then we don't know if we're going to get to it. And then re-schedule for tomorrow.  Ok. I know how that goes and that it's tough on the buyers too. I'll cut you a break there....

But then you come and only look for 15 minutes at over 4700 sq ft (but ya didn't even cover the second structure!), and 17 + acres?   The agent was very, very kind and sweet, and I want her to bring back more client's so you have to be gracious...   BUT...

Buyer's agents some simple things to remember:

1. PLEASE PLEASE don't put anyone in your car unless they are pre-approved.

2. If the home is "overpriced" to begin with, then why did you look at it?  It's not like that is hidden!

3. If the floorplans are online, and won't work, and they won't remodel, consider a pass.

(This was the problem here - they had 8 - count em, EIGHT kids and I only technically have 3 bedrooms!)

4. If they have to have a neighborhood with amenities, then why are you showing them this one?

5. If the school district won't work, then why are you showing them this one?

6. All brick or maintenance free, is a must? Rule it in or out, first.

7. If you can't be on time, please reschedule. Don't show up 5 minutes before your supposed to be out of there.

8. Please remove your shoes, esp if the carpet appears to be new.

9. Schedule the appointment.  OH YES, esp with my new constructions, I catch brazen agents on my lockbox reports on this one.  Amazing how many will lie & claim they weren't there. Or worse yet, give me odd feedback on the interior and you check the lockbox report, and they never went in. LOL.

10.  Be courteous with your feedback. The seller(s) have worked hard to make their home available to you and your clients. Helpful is great. Insulting and abrasive is not.

 

I am sure I could go on and on with this list, and feel free to add your 2 cents.  But it does give me new perspective being the seller again. And I've been thru this more than a dozen times! As a buyer's agent, just consider how you would like to be treated. That Golden Rule thing goes a long way towards not wasting your time, your clients, or the sellers. 

Thanks....

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Location:
North Carolina
Groups:
North Carolina Real Estate
Realtors®
Tags:
buyers
real estate
homes
showings
sellers
staging
suggestions
dos and donts
for sale
feedback
time

Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the airplane to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the airplane to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Show All Comments
Ambassador
2,360,415
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Mmmmm.  This one will probably be in the market for a while.

 

 

June 07, 2009 05:35 AM #1
Rainmaker
1,949,506
Roy Kelley
Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good post. Why do buyer agents waste their time?

Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/roykelley

June 07, 2009 05:45 AM #2
Rainer
23,280
Lori Bee
Keller Williams - Hilton Head Island, SC
Bee With The Best!

Lenn are you saying that because of me being honest about my suggestions? I am really trying NOT to offend but do your homework up front is all I'm saying.

Or is your comment, because of my floorplan - 3 bedrooms?  It has 2 offices in basement w/closets & 1 X 3 windows that by law you can't count. Plus over 1000 sq ft of open workshop space that could easly be converted. But these buyers want to find the "perfect" house and not have to remodel. So.... but the floorplans were online.

But I also have Sellers who complain often about the feedback they get, asking me why the agents bring them to their house if it's 200K out of their price range, etc.   I am just asking why do buyer's agents do a little more homework up front.  Even call and feel out the sellers' agent a little first. I'd be more ok with that than scheduling a showing that they know is not gonna work and inconveniencing the sellers.

Like I said, this agent was nice. Real nice. And I am glad that she saw it. So for that part, ok, maybe not a waste of my time. But overall, I see this happen a lot, with a lot my listings. I know it's part of the norm, but if we all did a bit more upfront, I think the general public would be a lot happier with agents overall. This might be part of the reason why we fall so low in the opinion polls, no?

Would love your additional insight Lenn.

June 07, 2009 05:59 AM #3
Rainer
320,761
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

I cant imagine running buyers around in today's market that aren't pre qualified. Sounds like too many slips on this agents part.

June 07, 2009 06:09 AM #4
Rainer
23,280
Lori Bee
Keller Williams - Hilton Head Island, SC
Bee With The Best!

Clarification Laura.   This agent did NOT make ALL of these mistakes.  I said she mad mistake # 3 .  But the list includes a lot of mistakes I see Buyers Agents doing on a regular basis.

But that is the most common one I hear about. Esp when they present an offer (w/o lending in place), and waste even more time, when they find out they can't even get pre-qualified. That always amazes me....

June 07, 2009 06:22 AM #5
Rainer
23,280
Lori Bee
Keller Williams - Hilton Head Island, SC
Bee With The Best!

"made"... (wish we could go back and edit our comments..... LOL).

June 07, 2009 06:24 AM #6
Rainmaker
328,000
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

I have heard the saying "all buyers are liars" --- they say they want one type of home and buy another --- maybe they thought they could find more space for bedrooms!  Good Luck!

June 07, 2009 06:42 AM #7
Rainmaker
180,266
Laura Gray
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD

Lori - Take a deep breath and exhale. Their will be many tire kickers before the right buyer comes along. 17 acres is alot of room for kids to run in , that may have been the feature that attracted them to your home.

 

June 07, 2009 07:29 AM #8
Rainmaker
1,876,252
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Buyers agents have to show homes the buyers want to see. Sometimes buyers see many homes before they realize what they want to buy. It can be an inconvenience to sellers but sometimes buyers end up buying something that they had not expected to buy when they first started looking.

I do agree about showing homes that they qualify to buy.

June 07, 2009 07:49 AM #9
Anonymous
Anonymous
Brenda Stiffler

As an off the market seller, I'd just like give you a big Thank you for this post. I'm off primarily because I couldn't take the lookie loos with good manners any longer. That homefeed back is awful. There are agents around here I'd never let in my house based on comments they posted about other homes on a local Frankly realtor list. 

June 07, 2009 07:51 AM #10
Rainmaker
1,817,319
Gabe Sanders
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Lori, good luck selling your home/ranch.  But, this post sure sound like what a lot of my sellers complain about. 

One was absolutely livid about a rude agent and buyer that took 5 minutes to go through their home.  The story was different when they submitted a cash offer the next day.

June 07, 2009 07:54 AM #11
Rainmaker
198,270
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI
Real Estate

Lori, First, it is good that you have buyers looking and second it will be better when you have a buyer who buys. It is a simple 2 step process only step one can take a longer time... good luck.

I know you know the drill. Seems LIke Rules often don't apply to buyers, at least most of them I have meet don't think so...

June 07, 2009 08:06 AM #12
Rainer
23,280
Lori Bee
Keller Williams - Hilton Head Island, SC
Bee With The Best!

In re-reading Lenn's post after 2 cups of coffee, I now see she said "in the market," so presuming she was referring to the buyers!  Sorry Lenn.

Anyway, I know what I am going thru now as a Seller is "common" and part of "the process."  However, don't you think we could greatly improve our reputation if we did a little more homework at first? 

Gita: Usually most buyers agents are given parameters such as # of bdrms, price range, etc.  So I don't know that the buyers requested to see my home as much as the agent might have wanted to see it.  I dunno...  

Laura, that may have been it. But then the agent told me their #1 priority was the bedrooms, so....

Norma, there is more space in the secondary structure, and the farm does have another perk site. But not in primary residence. Suggested this to BA, and to look at "Man Barn," but they did not even stop to look at it. Already has 1600 + square feet (includ. Kitch & Full Bath and 1/2)  finished with potential for another 1000 more. Not to mention that my soon to be ex (who is a general contractor), would be thrilled to have a part time job finishing it off for them... :-)

But I have another listing that is NOT a short sale or foreclosure in a hard hit neighborhood, and everybody seems to inconvience them for showings, and then sends us feedback that they will only consider the "deals" or "foreclosures."  It's clear in the MLS that this is NOT the case with their particular home. I think this is terribly rude for them to have to endure this incovenience over and over.

But if this post even makes 1 or 2 agents think a little more before inconveniencing a seller, well then this post was well worth it.

June 07, 2009 08:34 AM #13
Ambassador
2,360,415
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

More. . . .

The #1 barrier to sale is over priced properties.

The #2 barrier to sale is lack of accessibility.

Let them in.  The more people that see a property, the more likely that one is going to buy it. 

The more agents that see a property the better the likelihood that one will bring the suitible buyer.

Listing agents hold broker opens to show off a property but object when an agent wants to show or preview unless they are showing to a likely buyer. 

I agree that agents shouldn't be touring unqualified buyers.  However, give the agents trying to show the benefit of the doubt that they don't want to cart around unqualified buyers.  Our time is valuable too. 

Unique properties are hard enough to sell.  Don't exclude prospects or someone who may know a prospect or an agent that may meet the perfect buyer next week.

That's my theory and I'm sticking to it. 

June 07, 2009 09:01 AM #14
Rainer
23,280
Lori Bee
Keller Williams - Hilton Head Island, SC
Bee With The Best!

Ok... Maybe I was right the first time Lenn. But I appreciate your feedback.

#1 - This property is not overpriced.

17.64 acres, 4700 sq ft of HEATED living space. 1100 more Unheated. 4 carports, Barn, pastures,Run-in shed. 2 Story Tree house w/ electric (heck some people would call IT a guest house). $949,900 and within 20 minutes of Charlotte city limits. So...  I am following the rules by not calling those "offices"  - "bedrooms." But the floorplans were clearly on MLS and in the Virtual Tour.  Accessible to agents and clients alike. 

#2 - I let them see it. And my theory is "I" don't know what "they" are thinking. BUT the BA SHOULD know.  If they absolutely say they have to have 5 bedrooms then... 

I certainly won't turn down a showing in this market. But it is frustrating to sellers and their agents alike when you see time wasted and BA's not doing their job correctly.  And some of them are down right rude too (as you can see in other's posts).  I am grateful at least, I had a pleasant experience with the agent, who was very nice.  So I am hoping that perhaps this showing wasn't in total vain, if she keeps it in mind for someone else. 

I will be patient and give it time. It's early in the game for my own home. And I know I am not alone. I see it happen all the time. But I wonder what those same Buyers Agents would think if the shoe was on their foot? Hmmmm....

June 07, 2009 09:24 AM #15
Rainer
23,280
Lori Bee
Keller Williams - Hilton Head Island, SC
Bee With The Best!

Ok... Maybe I was right the first time Lenn. But I appreciate your feedback.

#1 - This property is not overpriced.

17.64 acres, 4700 sq ft of HEATED living space. 1100 more Unheated. 4 carports, Barn, pastures,Run-in shed. 2 Story Tree house w/ electric (heck some people would call IT a guest house). $949,900 and within 20 minutes of Charlotte city limits. So...  I am following the rules by not calling those "offices"  - "bedrooms." But the floorplans were clearly on MLS and in the Virtual Tour.  Accessible to agents and clients alike. 

#2 - I let them see it. And my theory is "I" don't know what "they" are thinking. BUT the BA SHOULD know.  If they absolutely say they have to have 5 bedrooms then... 

I certainly won't turn down a showing in this market. But it is frustrating to sellers and their agents alike when you see time wasted and BA's not doing their job correctly.  And some of them are down right rude too (as you can see in other's posts).  I am grateful at least, I had a pleasant experience with the agent, who was very nice.  So I am hoping that perhaps this showing wasn't in total vain, if she keeps it in mind for someone else. 

I will be patient and give it time. It's early in the game for my own home. And I know I am not alone. I see it happen all the time. But I wonder what those same Buyers Agents would think if the shoe was on their foot? Hmmmm....

June 07, 2009 09:25 AM #16
Rainmaker
296,982
Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

Lori, you're right that a lot of buyers agents don't do their homework. However, I have seen buyers go see a house that was not even close to what they said they wanted and ended up falling in love and buying. So, from that perspective, IF the buyers are qualified, that is the key, than I have no hesitation on showing a property even if it doesn't totally fit their parameters. Please don't take this the wrong way, but it seems like perhaps you are getting a little emotional about this because it is your house, which is totally understandable. It sounds lovely and hopefully it will sell sooner rather than later but as you should know from being an experienced agent, it is a stressful process and only 1 person will buy it, so all of the rest will walk through and pass for another home.  We wish you the best in your efforts to sell.

June 07, 2009 09:42 AM #17
Rainer
23,280
Lori Bee
Keller Williams - Hilton Head Island, SC
Bee With The Best!

No not emotional.  The VAST majority of homes I've sold have been my own.  New constructions...  Have sold hundreds of them.  I understand what you are saying, and have seen that happen. But I am experienced agent and am seeing the trend getting worse and not better, with BA's who seem to be desperate for a live body in their car, and not necessarily a "real buyer." Or a BA who is willing to "tour" for months on end without setting guidelines for their buyers. I don't get it...

But as Lenn also said, some seller's need to get real on pricing too. And I consider that time and money wasted too, when agents list properties that are not sellable. Maybe another post on that in the future. ;-)

Honestly I am probably more frustrated for my friend right now who had 2 drive-by showings that she allowed in only ro get rude feedback yesterday. Now that does tick me off. Very unprofessional, and reflects poorly on our industry as a whole.

Like I said, I don't consider my showing in vain yesterday, but hers... I dunno. But the source of my frustration is certainly not on 1 showing on my personal home, but something I've observed over and over across the years.

Thanks for the best wishes though! I appreciate it! :-)

June 07, 2009 09:58 AM #18
Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the clip to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Show All Comments
Rainer
23,280

Lori Bee

Bee With The Best!
Let me know your Lowcountry real estate needs!
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the robot to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information