Buyers, I Need To Know That You're Going To Show Up!
I just read an interesting blog post by a buddy of mine, Nate Tutas.
In his blog, he was stood up by a potential buyer after he spent some hours scheduling showing and waiting for confirmations.
To me, that's just plain rude. Why would anyone waste someone's time like that?
Here's what I do when scheduling showings for someone that I haven't met:
I do a short phone consultation. I explain how I do thing, what they can expect from me and what I expect from them.
I get their mortgage persons contact info and talk to them. I need to make sure that they're capable of putting an offer in on any homes that we might look at. If not, it's wasting everyone's time. Yours, mine and the homeowners.
If they don't have a mortgage professional, I give them a few that I routinely work with and then follow up. We'll see homes after they've talked to them.
Once we've decided on the homes to view, I schedule them, wait for confirmations and then let the buyer(s) know when and where to meet at.
I also let my new clients know that I'm going to give them a quick phone call or text a little while before meeting up with them, to remind them about the showings. They need to respond to let me know that they're still going to meet up with me, so that we're all on the same page. If they don't answer and call me back, I don't just "assume" they're going to be at the first house on time. I've played that game before.
If you don't want to view homes with me, just let me know. It much more easy for me to deal with that than to do all the upfront work and then have you not show up. I can schedule other things to do, watch the Lions, hang with my kids, etc.
Do the right thing, people. We don't get paid until you purchase a house. Working for free isn't fun for anyone, right?