Because we have one of the best home searches in New Orleans, we are contacted by a lot of people who have questions about a home for sale they have found on the internet.
Typically, those questions are about additional pictures or information on a home owner association or just to ask about a neighborhood.
If someone wants to actually schedule an appointment, we get pretty excited, because that’s what we do. We’ll ask a few questions to be sure that the property is a good fit for the persons wants and needs and budget and, because we don’t believe in trying to poach clients, we always ask if they are working with an agent.
Recently, we received a request to show a home from an out of town buyer. They said that everyone who needed to see the house was in town and they were available on either Saturday or Sunday to take a look.
“Are you working with an agent?”
Yes, but he’s busy today. He told us to just call another agent and have them show us the house.
Whoa. Hang on there.
This is when we have to explain that if we show a home and help them write an offer on it, their agent is no longer a part of the purchase and is not representing them.
I know that when you see a house that might be “the one”, you get excited.
I know that if you’ve missed out on a property because you got there the day after an offer was accepted, you’re disappointed.
I know that if you’ve traveled from out of town, your time to see homes is limited.
But if you are working with an agent that is not available – whether because they have other appointments or they are ill or they are on vacation – please ask if they have a partner or team member that works as their back up. It’s the only way to be sure that your agent will be able to represent you.
Isn’t that why you chose to work with them to begin with?