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.