Would you let your mother meet a strange man in a strange place without anyone knowing about it?
Then why would you, Mr. Buyer-whom-I’ve-never-met-before expect me to show you properties when you emailed/called me out of the blue?
Why do you think it’s insulting for me to ask you if you’re already pre-approved. Yes, you are probably right when you said it’s not a problem, and that you can get preapproved at any time. But how would I know that? I don’t know you from Adam!
Why is it so hard to understand why I asked you if you can meet me at my office first?
Why would you insist on meeting at the property instead of the office? As I explained, it’s my practice to meet with clients first, get to know what your search criteria are, your timelines, your financial wherewithal to complete a transaction, your qualification as a serious buyer.
A REALTOR’s job is extremely hazardous, and we take every precaution. Knowing who we’re working with is a top priority. That’s another really good reason why I insist on meeting at my office first --- I want to get a copy of your drivers license, give it to someone at my office so that there is a record of whom I am going to show property to.
Put yourself in my shoes: would you let your mother meet a strange man in a strange place without anyone knowing about it?
Forget pepper spray....use your smartphone as your weapon!
When is a prospective buyer not a client?