Have you ever gone to an open house? Or called a real estate agent because you were curious about a listing? Maybe you e-mailed an agent about a property he/she has listed?
Did you just want to check out the house? Maybe you’re curious about amenities. Or, perhaps you’re really serious about buying a house. Doesn’t matter. All you’re doing is asking a question. That’s it. You just want an answer.
It must seem like one of the first questions we ask you is, “Do you have a house to sell?”
I’m sure you wonder what difference it makes and I suppose it does seem a bit cart-before-the-horse. It might even come across as pushy and forward, and beside the point. (Well…that’s sort of characteristic of Realtors, right?)
You don’t even know if you like the house – and you aren’t even really thinking about selling your house, until and unless you find the house you want and actually have an offer accepted.
So, why is it asked?
Maybe you think it’s because we’re hoping you do have a house to sell, so we can list the home you own, sell you the one you’re asking about, and get two sales off you. Or that we want you to list your home, and get it under contract, so that you have to move…(again, so we can get two sales off you).
Which makes you feel like we’re just looking to make as much money as possible, as quickly as possible, and all from you! All of your fears and perceptions about real estate agents seem justified…but… Continue reading Why Do Realtors Ask That?