Cancel on us at the last minute. We know sometimes life happens, but there’s nothing worse than an agent freeing up an entire day to spend with a Buyer and having them cancel. Great real estate agents have multiple clients and choosing to spend time with you often means saying no to someone else.
Stand us up. Picture this: A new Buyer call and want to see a specific property for sale. We confirm the appointment. We confirm again on the day of the showing. Then we hang out in front of the property for 30 minutes while I slowly come to the realization that you (buyer) isn't showing up. Didn’t your mother teach you better?
Get a new job or buy a new truck two weeks before closing on your home. Your financing is conditional on all your information being the same on the day of closing as it was when the lender approved your financing. PLEASE don’t go making new purchases or changing your job.
Ghost us after spending weeks or months together. Ghosting doesn’t just happen in the online dating; There’s nothing more frustrating than spending weeks looking at properties with someone and having them suddenly stop responding. If you’ve changed your mind about buying, that’s ok, just tell us. If you’ve decided you don’t want to work with us, be honest. Just don’t disappear into the abyss, please and thank you!
Forget to mention that someone else is involved in the purchase decision. Picture this: We’re deep into the home search process, narrowing your likes/needs/wants and neighborhoods when suddenly, your Mom/Dad/Boyfriend/Girlfriend appears….and they have a different idea about what you should buy. Buying a home is a big decision, and having other opinions IS important…just make sure they’re involved from the start and that their role in your decision is clear from the outset. I’ve seen too many people fall in love with a house only to have a parent or in-law crush their dreams at the last minute.
Tell us you’re motivated to buy, when you’re not. Every agent has stories of Buyers they’ve worked with for years. Sometimes, there are legitimate reasons for the buying process to take a long time: changing incomes, life circumstances, market conditions, unique needs/criteria. But some people are just Professional Buyers and don’t have any real intention of buying anything. If real estate is just a hobby for you, please tell us.
“Sleeping on it.” The great homes in this housing market are selling fast, taking a night to ‘sleep on it’ can often cost you tens of thousands of dollars. If you’re lucky enough to find a property you like, jump on it! Timing is one of the secrets of real estate…and making an offer at 11 PM when everyone else is ‘sleeping on it’ could just be the key to landing your dream home. Now I’m not saying don’t do your due diligence and I’m not saying buy a house you aren’t 100% sure you want…but be prepared to move fast to get the house you want.
Lowballing for the sake of lowballing. I often come across Buyers who are determined not to pay the listing price. If a home is overpriced, I get it – of course, you don’t want to pay more than a house is worth! But some homes have been purposely underpriced to attract attention and a bidding war. Standing by principles that aren’t based on reality is a sure-fire road to disappointment. Focus on real market value and what a home is worth to you, instead of the listing price.