Mea Culpa

Our market is very competitive and the fact that this buyer did not even have the opportunity to purchase a property, which was a rare affordable house, saddened me.

…I just received a call from buyer who saw the sign on one of my listings.  I told him that it was under contract but that I knew of a couple more that were coming on the market in that neighborhood.  After offering to email him information on those houses, he thanked me and said “no thank you,” that they preferred to drive around calling on houses that they happened to see….  I received another call this morning from another buyer who wanted to know about this property, which just went under contract….  Doesn’t it sound like a wiser use of ones time to have a professional manage ones home search?  I happened to get those two calls – how many more do I not receive every day from those who choose to search themselves?

Wearing my Listing Agent hat, neither of these are “good buyers,” as they are not ready, willing and able to buy a house.  I expect that one day they will be.I just received a call from buyer who saw the sign on one of my listings.  I told him that it was under contract but that I knew of a couple more that were coming on the market in that neighborhood.  After offering to email him information on those houses, he thanked me and said “no thank you,” that they preferred to drive around calling on houses that they happened to see….  I received another call this morning from another buyer who wanted to know about this property, which just went under contract….  Doesn’t it sound like a wiser use of ones time to have a professional manage ones home search?  I happened to get those two calls – how many more do I not receive every day from those who choose to search themselves?

Wearing my Listing Agent hat, neither of these are “good buyers,” as they are not ready, willing and able to buy a house.

I made a mistake. Mea culpa. Yesterday when I posted this, I posted it out of disappointment for the prospective buyer who called about one of my listings. Our market is very competitive and the fact that this buyer did not even have the opportunity to purchase a property, which was a rare affordable house, saddened me. When I saw that he had posted a comment about my remarks, I was hurt because that was never my point.  Stupidly, I deleted his comments; I should always take constructive criticism for what it is and move forward. Learning from mistakes, I believe, is what makes people better. This blog is a new medium to me; I need to wait before reacting and posting. I lost a potential buyer, to whom I would have welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate my integrity and dedication.

I made a mistake and apologize for doing so. It will not happen again.

Below is the original post, and I posted his comment as well.

I just received a call from buyer who saw the sign on one of my listings. I told him that it was under contract but that I knew of a couple more that were coming on the market in that neighborhood.  After offering to email him information on those houses, he thanked me and said “no thank you,” that they preferred to drive around calling on houses that they happened to see. Does this sound efficient? I received another call this morning from another buyer who wanted to know about this property, which just went under contract. It came on the market last Monday and he saw it on Saturday. Doesn’t it sound like a wiser use of ones time to have a professional manage ones home search? I happened to get those two calls – how many more do I not receive every day from those who choose to search themselves?

Wearing my
Listing Agent hat, neither of these are “good buyers,” as they are not ready,
willing and able to buy a house. I expect that one day they will be.I just
received a call from buyer who saw the sign on
one of my
listings
. I told him that it was
under contract but that I knew of a couple more that were coming on the market
in that neighborhood.  After offering to email him information on those houses,
he thanked me and said “no thank you,” that they preferred to drive around
calling on houses that they happened to see. Does this sound efficient? I
received another call this morning from another buyer who wanted to know about
this
property
, which just went under
contract. It came on the market last Monday and he saw it on Saturday. Doesn’t
it sound like a wiser use of ones time to have a professional manage ones home
search? I happened to get those two calls – how many more do I not receive every
day from those who choose to search
themselves?

Wearing my
Listing Agent hat, neither of these are “good buyers,” as they are not ready,
willing and able to buy a house. I expect that one day they will
be.

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