I have buyers that "jerk' me around for months and waste countless hours of my time only to walk into an open house and by from the person sitting there. We are one on the only professions who can spen literally a couple of years working with some one and never get paid a dime.
I don't call all buyers "jerks" as you do to Realtors. Maybe you should look in the mirror? I wouldn't want to work with you either.
Realtors,like all professionals do not like to waste their time. Make sure your phone message makes it clear that no time will be wasted with you.
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I have had a few dealings with different agents, they won't even pick their phones or answer emails on their own listings because its to much work for a small check?! Its wrong and its against or ethical code to serve the public and our clients no matter what!
These are the exceptions, there are those of us that work really hard to care for our clients needs and the publics as well, the way it supposed to be.
As a Realtor, we are here to protect, and serve the public. Much like a Police officer, but we deal with real estate. I am currently helping out a customer who wants to buy land and the cost of the land is only 7-15K. But its my job. I am here to help anyone interested in Real Estate. Big or small.
However, when my sister decided that she also wanted to purchase (a much higher end) property on Marco Island, she could not get anyone to return her calls. She stated what she wanted, when and that she planned to pay cash from the sale of her MA home. Just when she was about to give up in frustration, one of the older, "part-time" realtors contacted her and now she is the owner a lovely home on Marco Island.
You need to be very persistent or lucky in the beginning, as we were.
The top 10% are not the only ones out there working hard! There are a lot of us new and old agents out there working our tails off helping people as it is the reason we worked so hard for our license to begin with... The biggest issue is most agents have other jobs and real estate is only a part time job for them not even close to full time work. So lets get your fact straight before you judge us all!
My best advice on this topic is to put your faith in your own personal agent and have them "run point for you" on these opportunities. Save yourself the frustration of dealing with the irresponsible by using your own personal representation.
I believe if your in this business you deal with all price groups and you do the best for your clients regardless the commission amounts. We are working as licensed agents to help people follow their dreams and if we are unwilling to do so... It's time to find a new line of work!!
Next time ask your question as "Cash (or financed) buyer looking for home of _____ price in _____ zipcode" and you will get many responses. Was this answer helpful? If so please click on the "green thumbs up" or the "best answer".
There are other issues.
On lower end listings, expereinced agents know they should not to go off on some wild goose chase. Wild geese are identified by the sound they make.
* Your question may sound like, "How low will the seller go?" This means you are looking for a lower, lower end listing.
* Your question may sound like, "I'm a cash buyer and want to see this house..RIGHT NOW!f" This sounds like you are broke and looking for a lease option instead.
* Your question may sound like, "Is seller financing available?"
* Most commons is the inquiry regarding a house you see on a aggregate real estate website that sold weeks ago. This sounds like you are not a serious buyer (you are using an entertainment website) and have a few more months to spend before you take serious steps.
If you are a serious buyer, you need to take the actions of serious buyers.
That means, if you are looking for a 'deal' you need to get ahead of all the other buyers who have demonstrated a SERIOUS commitment to a real estate professional, and were moved to the front of the line. Everyone says they are looking for a deal. In common English, this is most often translated, they are unqualified to purchase in a conventional manner. That is what wild geese sound like.
I know, wild geese like their freedom. It's your choice.