Something I hear often from buyers after showing a house that needs to stop is, “I’m sorry I wasted your time.”
The decision to see a house in person is not a waste. Pictures can be deceiving and I always try to make my clients aware of that, but sometimes a buyer just doesn’t love a house… and that’s ok! Please don’t tell me you are sorry you wasted my time. While I appreciate that, I am here to serve you. Prior to the showing, we looked at the listing, reviewed the pictures and talked about the property, what was left? To look at it in person.
I’ll let you in on a little secret, most agents like showing houses. One of the reasons I was attracted to real estate was because I love looking at houses, you know how people are at home watching HGTV and are thinking how great it would be to go see all the houses. Showing you houses is part of the process and while I don’t want to go around showing you every house in town (because, let’s be honest, 98% of them don’t meet your wants and needs) I do want to show you the houses that we have discussed and you are excited about, that you think ‘It may be the one!’
Another reason most agents have considered a career in real estate is because they enjoy helping people. Combining our love of houses with the desire to help people is a match made in heaven. I genuinely want you to find a house you love and that may mean kissing a few frogs first.
It’s hard to find ‘the one’ if we don’t check out some of the ‘maybes.’ I am committed to walking by your side during this journey. I have seen buyers’ eyes light up when they finally know they’ve found the home of their dreams and those moments make it all worth it!
With the great access to so much information in a listing and on the internet, we are able to narrow down the option to only the best houses. We always want to respect the time of everyone involved, including the seller. Even with all that information, it cannot replace that in-person tour. How big are the closets? How damp does the basement feel? Does it smell? Does the floor plan flow? Some questions are hard to answer on the computer.
I love my “job” and that’s why I continue to do it. If it was a waste of my time or a bother, I would do something else. It is important to me for buyers to know that they are never a bother, whether showing house or just asking questions. The old saying holds true for me, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.”
Please don’t apologize for making sure that house is the right home for you! Sorry, not sorry!