The image of being a true professional is the result of far more that where you initially meet your customer.
One of the best stories about an initial encounter is from an agent who was enjoying a cigar while taking his dog for an evening walk. Of course he was also carrying bag of "puppy doodle" and dressed casually when he met a buyer that turned into a customer and future friend.
It's important to realize that people can be both professional and real!
Best of Luck,
Century 21 Tenace
If it works for your clients than it shouldn't matter. This is assuming your client asked to meet there, if not I would say that it is not the optimal choice but like my fellow poster below have stated, if you are a professional, you can seal the deal.
Since I am totally virtual, I can meet anywhere. As for being viewed as professional, we are dealing with people in the flow of their lives. Most people want to meet with me because theyâ€™ve already figured out Iâ€™m a professional â€“ when I choose to step into the flow of their lives and meet them where they feel comfortable, it means a tremendous amount to them. And it actually INCREASES my business â€“ Iâ€™m a high volume agent, and most of my clients have no idea where my office actually is.
As an aside, if they have young kids and they bring them with them â€“ there is no better place to meet than a McDonalds â€“ the kids can run around the play area instead of trying to sit still in your office. And they can make all the noise they want â€“ their parents are totally used to it. The fact that you can also deal with it elevates you in their opinion â€“ keep in mind, they may actually be bringing these kids with them when they start looking at houses â€¦
Of greater importance is the comfort the client has with sharing what may be personal information in what can essentially be called the brick and mortar internet. There are just too many ears for many to engage in a meaningful consultation. This can be overcome, but requires planning.
You don't get a 'do over' on a first impression.
I have met a mult-millionaire client at Apple Bees. You are not less than a Realtor because of the place you meet a person. They can show up for you to help them or not. They are hiring an experience Realtor. Everyone of my clients appreciate that I down to earth with them. I make them feel like family. If they don't like it, get another Realtor. There a lot of inexperience Realtorsin the market so they can pick one of them.
Gloria J. Young
AllPro Realty Specialists, Inc.
Certified Residential Specialists
I normally meet clients at my offices where there is the privacy, professional environment and amenities we need. I have on occasion, met a client for dinner (but it was not for burgers, I assure you.) I prefer an office environment if at all possible.
Why would you want to meet clients at a McDonalds? If an office or the clients'
home is not an option, try a Starbucks. You won't have to compete with the kids in the play area to be heard.