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What If I Get ...

 

 While interviewing sellers for a possible new listing..yes I said that right, even though they thought they were interviewing me... I was asked a question.

Since I'm a solo broker and I set my own standards, they asked what if something happens to me?

My answer...

"If I get hit by a bus or a beer truck...you are out of the contract."

When I visit with a prospective seller, I give them the chance to ask me as many questions as they like about how the RE process works.

Plenty of sellers have sold other houses and have expectations of the agent. Plenty of sellers have interviewed other agents and openly share what they did or did not like about them. I could make a long list of those things..many make me smile... but I may save that for another post. 

The obvious 'how much can you sell my house for'  is not an answer I am willing to share until I know we will be working together. Sellers need to be 100% sure they want to work with me before I give that information.

After the commitment is made...I will know the seller's " in their pocket bottom line" and I can figure out if their number is realistic.  Most of the time much of my interview is done over the phone before I see the house. Obtaining information about the house, reasons for selling, and what their time frame for moving is known prior to seeing the house.

Today these folks are not ready to list. There is a lot to be either touched up, removed and cleaned out. I'll keep you posted whether this will be a new listing or not.

But if I get hit by a bus they are out of the contract.

 

Margaret Rome

 

 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • January 11 2019 02:01AM

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LOL...I love your sense of humor and great answer.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) 4 months ago

I really have to laugh at this Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland . I don't tell them exactly the same thing but when they get to the what if -- .....I say what if you walk across the street and get hit by a car ---then they laugh and see the ludicrousness --   it does break the ice

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 4 months ago

 

chemisty is important...or it makes no difference what the price is !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 4 months ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland Heaven forbid!  People who do not realize how lucky they are to have as their agent should go get a team and see if they prefer selling their home that way.  They called you for a reason - either they knew you, of you, or your reputation.   Why call at all if they were worried about that?

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) 4 months ago

Elyse Berman My goal is they are comfortable enough to ask any me anything. Teams so use that against me...and it's ok.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson Without that chemistry...there is no reason to go further.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Hannah Williams Without a bit of humor...this RE does not work. I used the phrase, hit by a bus, they used hit by a beer truck. Either one gets the message across.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Susan Haughton We need to be careful about taking ourselves and the situation too seriously. A bit of humor at the right time...works.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

That's the perfect answer, Margaret!  Humor with fact!  I hope you have a good weekend!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Good morning Margaret.  Do me a favor and avoid any and all busses.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 4 months ago

I rather get hit by a beer truck. More dramatic and my friends would never forget me.

Posted by Mike Baltierra, Full Service at Your Service Realtor-Eastvale CA (Rise Realty ) 4 months ago

Good morning Margaret and well done. I like your style and you made me chuckle.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 4 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat Always good to see you. Humor with fact...perfect.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Dear Gabe Sanders  I do like the way you think.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Mike Baltierra For sure it makes a better story in the telling.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Sheila Anderson A little chuckle was my intent. Have a great weekend.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Hahahahaha. Well that pretty much covers it. Have a wonderful day, Margaret.  D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 4 months ago

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Many of our questions can be handled with facts and a bit of humor. Always good to see you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

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