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April, Both Buyer and Seller in Potomac, MD

If you listed a home would you show me the house if you knew I wasn't going to purchase it?

Asked by April, Potomac, MD Thu Jun 19, 2008

A home was just listed close to my house. I just recently purchased a house and am not in the market for another. I always have the financing ready and a pre-approved letter just in case I find a great deal and want to act on it quickly but this isn't the case here. It is selling for market or even a little above. I would like to see it mostly out of curiosity but you never know if nobody bites on the price it just might come down or I might see it and think WOW what a house and tell my friends and workmates about it even though I am not going to purchase it. If you knew all of this so you knew exactly what my position was and realized that a sale to me would be not very likely would you even bother to show me the house? Assume that you are NOT going to be having an open house and the house is not on the high end, just a normal house about the average price for the area.

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Hi April:

I never turn down an opportunity to show prospective buyers houses, whether I am the listing agent or not. I build long term relationship with my clients and I don't expect them to buy NOW!

As a listing agent, I have an even great incentive to show prospective buyers the house whether they might be in the market NOW or now - for all the reasons just like you mentioned above. The neighbors are always the best ones to help sell the house.

Price of the house has nothing to do with whether I will show a house or not - I should not be taking the listing if I have problem with the price.

BTW, congratulations on the purchase. I remember when you were first on Trulia - haven't seen you for a long time and wonder what happened to you.

Glad to see the familiar teddy bear :-)

Sylvia
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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
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Yes, I'd arrange a tour for you. I don't know that you might just fall in love with it and have me sell the old new house and buy the new new house.
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Jed Lane; Fog…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
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Absolutely, it happens all the time. Its an opportunity to bond and hey, you never know.
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Not all realtors are as forward-thinking as the first few respondents to your posting here. If you'd like to make the request a little more palatable, find a friend or co-worker who is in a home-search mode and invite that person along. Yes, it is in the realtor's best interest to show a house to as many potential - even long-shot - buyers as possible. But these are hard times for many realtors, and a little consideration might be welcomed and could get you to have a more rewarding Q&A with the realtor during your tour of the property.
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Agreed! Being helpful and courteous to neighbors builds relationships and that is on of the corner stones real estate.
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I would absolutely show it to you. In fact I tell clients all the time "if you just want to see a house, even if you're not planning on buying it, and would just like to see it for kicks... please call me... I'll happily get you inside."

that way, if / when you DO decide to buy or sell, I will probably be your Realtor of choice, because we've built a relationship.
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
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Thanks, April, for the Best Answer just now. It has been 3 and 1/2 year. Wonder how everything is going for you?

Sylvia
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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
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