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Josh Marks, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL

Do you have potential clients that will give you a call on a Thursday afternoon, asking to see a property Thursday night (example).?

Asked by Josh Marks, Chicago, IL Fri May 10, 2013…

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Dear Josh,

That happens from time to time. Even when you explain to them why many times that is not possible. Every now and than you have to remind your buyer(s) that notice is often required. For example, my listings I am always at the showing. So your buyer(s) need to know you have to coordinate schedules with other people.
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I did early on, but I have found that by setting the expectation with clients early on (like when setting up the initial search) that usual and customary notice of 24 hours is most often times required, I haven't had any problems since. Like the agent below said- if it's something you know might not last more than a day then for sure, but I don't really do much with REO's so it hasn't been so much an issue for me.
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Yes. I usually require 24 hrs to schedule a showing. If a great property comes on the market I will run out and see it that night, but if its an REO it can wait until the next day.
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Real estate is in hot demand. Could not agree more.
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Happens all the time. Depending on the situation, we may oblige.

But realtors may already be booked and can't do it on short notice.

Besides, the property they want to see may have specific instructions, like 24 hour notice, for example.

Furthermore, we also ask if the callers are already preapproved -- because if not, how do they they know they can afford what they want to see.

And...are they currently working with a realtor? I one had someone call me, and when I asked if they have a realtor, she said she did, but that her realtor was really busy. Oh? And she thought it was okay to bother others?
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Of course we do. Its a hot market out there. Question is: how many of us accommodate those requests?

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Warm Regards,
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In some essence both. This service is meant to convenience brokers. If the potential borrower decides to use another banker/broker that’s acceptable as well.
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Hi Josh,
Yes I have had that, and I always wonder why the protocol for working with a professional is not understood. The only thing you can do is explain how you work and do business, hopefully you can get it across in a professional and pleasant way. If it's another Realtor, it's learning the hard way I guess.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 13, 2013
No. I educate my buyers about the process of buying a home. If I get a call from a potential lead that asks this, I explain to them that I don't work what way. If they don't like it, I move on. If they are open to hearing my thoughts on it, I work with them.
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My problem was not the client. It was the realtor. He emailed me he was sitting in front of my listing, a tenant occupied 2 flat, with his client and if I can come NOW to show them the property. He said his client lives in Joliet and takes 2 hours to get to Chicago. Besides his client really works a busy schedule and he does not know when they will be available again to look at properties. Can you imagine that? And to top that, my listing did not have a For Sale sign in front of it.
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Yes, we tell them "We have systems in place that value your time" ~ and encourage them to come to the office for an appointment.
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Sure people will do it all the time. Then they realize they cant get in there on such short notice so they stop asking.
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Happens all the time - it's the nature of the business.
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Best Regards,
Josh Marks
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