In a day and an age when we work hard, and I mean really hard, why is it that we have to shake our heads in disbelief, and wonder what it takes to get others on the same page? Hence, there still are times in the real estate market that I see the emergence of the Proverbial Dog and Pony Show. A few examples:
1.) I go and reconfirm my appointment an hour away. "Now I am on my way and it's my intention to list your property. Is that your intention as well?" I get there and no one there. I shake my head. I get a hold of the seller later that day and they say "Something came up, can we make it another time?" No, we cant! Sellers; Real Estate and real estate agents want nothing more than to see you at a closing for that manner. The first step is to physically be there for your appointment. It really helps, and this way we can get the telepathy out of the way.
2.) I go to show a property and there is no sign, and better yet, the lock box I was told to use is not there. I call the agents office. Well, he returns his voice mails between 1-3 and "leave a message and he will get back promptly." Yeah, my rump he will. Agents, if we can't see the property across town with binoculars, and I show up to show the property, and most likely sell your home, don't you think I am worthy of getting into the home? Don't you think the seller is worthy of an offer? Is it me, or camouflage, or is there no sign in the yard? Note: pictures in the MLS really improve the appearance in the Internet and to other brokers that want to make sure the property isn't a rhombus. You can use my camera if you want.
3.) If I write an offer for you on Thursday, and it becomes Monday do you think it's a good time to get over to the Sellers home in this blazing hot market and present my offer. I know your busy, but what the heck so am I. better yet, don't call me and say "I don't know if this will fly" No it won't, it does not have wings, and you can present it. They will counter it, reject it (keep it alive, I would for you) and maybe in this resoundingly amazing market hey may accept it. Actually, it's close in price, just read it.
4.) Hi Tom "Glad to hear from you. We went with another broker because they said there company does a lot of property and they would come over and tour the home. The home sold and we got our check. You were right about home values and certainly know about the home listings, I am glad you felt compelled to list with someone else. I am also glad it sold; you are nice people and I wish you the best. I do thank you for the chance to have met you and I am a real estate agent that really cares about the fellow agents in my market. Best of luck to you, and may I add that you really did have a great agent on the job? Truly a joy when one has the right gameplan down and you were very lucky. You see, we real estate agents work well together.
Point: We work hard and we are responsible. In hard times why aren't others at times?
Point: Why when there needs to be major exposure in properties is there mystery listings with no access?
Point: Time is a major factor in negotiating, and communication is great. Write an offer, present it.
Point: If something is too good to be true; it just may be that. Too good to be true. I really want you to succeed. I'm a big boy, and if I ask you to see your professional tax advisor it's because I care. It's because you owned a property for 20 years and you were counting on the money. I just wanted to help.
I work hard, and I mean well. I would rather let you down now than later. My phone is always on.Call me.
Have a productive day and I will see you at closing!