Do you enjoy being a tour guide?

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Real Estate Agent with INET Realty Honolulu, HI 68131

The other day at our office meeting, our broker asked what average number of homes were shown to our  buyers before an offer get written.

I seem to have come up with one of the largest average (around 20 homes with as many as 35 for one couple)) and after the meeting a couple of my fellow agenst asked me (sarcastically??) if I enjoyed being a "tour guide".

My response was that for my relocating buyers (which constitute the bulk of my business these days) I always want to make sure that they get to  visit all of the potential neighborhoods that they may be interested in and that they view all of the properties on the island that match their needs.

Even though Oahu is a small island, there is so much variety in term of climate, accessibilty, amenities etc... in the various areas & neighborhoods. Of course if they are on a tight schedule , I offer my advice & try to narrow down the possibilities. However if they have the time, I don't mind showing them properties all over the island. Does that make me a Tour Guide?

I confess that I love looking at properties & I feel that viewing them with clients rather than at Broker Open houses helps my market knowledge. By taking note of their reactions & comments at each showing I am able to get a true feel for what they are looking for.

How about you? Do you enjoy showing many properties & what is the maximum number you have shown to a client?

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Monique C. Ting S e-pro SFR

iNet Realty

1750 s. King street Honolulu, HI 96826

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Monique Ting
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Mike: Yes, it can sometimes be frustrating working with "lookers". However it eventually pays to be patient. Congratulations on your escrow!

I like to think that the real estate business is very similar to gardening. A lot of prep work and constant tending in anticipation of a bountiful harvest... that might not come until many years later!

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Monique, I think you are naturally a tour guide when you show homes... people usually like to know more about their areas and I would kind of expect it. :) Thanks so much for your sub scription! I really appreciate it!

June 09, 2011 05:24 PM
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Aloha Tammy,

Yes you are right... because when people buy a new house they will live in, they are also getting a new lifestyle. You are welcome about the subscription! You sound like you have a good head on your shoulders & I know I'll enjoy your blogs.

 

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As long as people are responding by actually buying, that is the most important thing.

I added you as an associate for potential referrals later on, as well as subscribed to your blog. I work in an area of Silicon Valley (Santa Clara County) with Lynbrook High School and other Cupertino, San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Campbell, Monte Sereno and Saratoga, Calif. homes. Please consider adding me as an associate (or subscribing to my blog) as well and hopefully we can do business together in the future.

June 25, 2011 04:14 AM
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Michelle,

I agree with you. Thanks for adding me as an associate. I'll do the same for you and would love to consider you for for referrals.

Aloha!

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