If I am showing homes to a buyer and have plenty of noticeâ€”this is usually with out-of-town home buyersâ€”I preview the homes I havenâ€™t already seen. This has saved me from many embarrassing situations.
Working with buyers entails knowing the area and having an idea of what the house is about, but more importantly, you discover all the quirks about getting into the home, surprise dogs, surprise odors, surprise messes, and so forth.
At times I have gotten busy and didnâ€™t preview and invariably there were surprisesâ€”wrong showing instructions being one, alarms not noted in the listing info being anotherâ€”one time it was four Great Danes in the master bedroom. I thought the buyer was going to have a heart attack.
Stumbling on these surprises with the home buyer is not a good idea, because it causes the buyer to start having doubts. When you preview and take notes and you inform the buyer ahead of time of what to expect, it makes you look prepared, which you should be.
It takes time but a quick run through the route and getting a good idea of what to expect is a smart practice.
Home buyers love good information and itâ€™s the buyer agentâ€™s responsibility to know the product and the area. Sometimes you might be showing in an area you are only partially familiar with and driving around looking for property makes you appear incompetent.
If you donâ€™t know the roads well, it can be confusing driving to a property cold and unprepared, so previewing is also good for knowing the best route and knowing whatâ€™s around the property in case the buyer has questionsâ€”like â€śwhat is that huge pile of junk at the end of the street?â€ťâ€”or â€śIs that a chemical plant across the street?â€ť
You get the point. Like a good scout, be prepared!
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Mike Farmer is the owner/broker of Mike Farmer Realty in Savannah, Georgia.