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Time Wasters Are Preventable

 

 Buyer's agents...please preview or have buyers preview the properties.

Ask questions before your scheduled meeting time.

Very frustrating when an appointment is made several days ahead, confirmed and then 10 minutes before the scheduled time...a call or text comes in saying we have decided not to see this property.

 

 Last Minute Cancellation

 

Why: the buyer  just did the numbers and they cannot afford this home.

  

By this time the house is show ready, the owner has readied the house, taken out the pets, turned on the lights, disappeared and is waiting to be notified when to return with the three sick children. 

 Please drive by the house first.

 

We have all had this happen or even worse they don't call and they don't cancel and when you do a follow up...they say something like...buyers just drove by the house and they don't like the neighborhood.

 

   Do your research along with the buyer. Can they qualify for the house, is it in a 55+ neighborhood, is it in their preferred school district?

  Do they need accessibility and the house is a split level, They want a large yard for a playground and this one is on a wooded lot.

You get the idea.

 

By checking tax records, prior listings, photos on all the various sites...you can decide what to drop and what to keep on the list.  You can do this only if you know what the buyers need.

 

As a listing agent we prepare our sellers that these situations can and do happen. 

Some of these time wasters are preventable.

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • February 09 2018 02:04AM

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Time stands still for no man! Well put Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Ted Glover, ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422 (Alderman Classic Realty, LLC) 7 months ago

Margaret, I have found that over the years I seldom get a "blow off" most of the time it is because of an aggressive prescreening I do, not just of the potential buyer, but the potential buyer's agent... hence sometimes the impression is I am too harsh, but it just a time saver...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 7 months ago

As a listing agent with plenty of rentals I get frustrated at buyers who request tours without being qualified to buy or really knowing what they want.

Wastes everyones time when they are not prepared.

thanks

bob

 

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) 7 months ago

Hi Margaret,
Wasted time is probably why so many agents work such long hours, with marginal results.  They aren't maximizing their time.

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 7 months ago

Ted Glover Time does not wait. Good to see you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr. Sometimes in order to save time...the agressive screening has to be done.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Bob Crane You do understand. My rant is when the buyer's agent does not screen the client.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Carol Williams  That why we hear how BUSY they are...."Wasted time is probably why so many agents work such long hours, with marginal results."

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Yes, Margaret.  How many mistake activity for progress?

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 7 months ago

Carol Williams Many do mistake activity for progress. Beware of the person who is TOO busy to get important things done...like final signatures.  Always good to see you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Oh my goodness, that is just sloppy - and quite rude. I'm sorry for the sellers.  Busy-ness is very different than business. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 7 months ago

Preparing upfront sure can save everyone a lot of wasted time and headache.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) 7 months ago

 

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  Such a true comment.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

JL Boney, III Being prepared saves everyone time. Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Time is more precious than money.  Time wasted isn't something you can get back.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 7 months ago

Driving by listings on their own, buyers can eliminate a lot wasted time on everyone's behalf.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 7 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat We cannot get that back. Always good to see you..

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Chris Ann Cleland  I have seen agents  make 10 appointments in a two hour span... none have been driven by or checked in any other way. They took ten  "nice looking homes"   that were requested through ZTR sites.

Big big waste of time. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

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