Okay, so, be-bopping along my morning the other day doing what I have to do the phone rings – Out of state caller.
Me: Hello, this is Leesa.
Them: Hello, my name is (inaudible and phone ringing in the background) Can you hold?
and at that point I hang up….
About two minutes later they call again.
Them: Yes this is (inaudible AGAIN). I am calling about a house. I will be there next Wednesday and Thursday and I must see house. You set this up. And others.
Me: What house?
Them: “One of my listings” (which is temporarily off the market!)
Me: I am sorry – I didn’t get your name. Can you spell that for me?
>>>>They spell a first name.
Me: And, can i have a last name?
>>>>They spell a last name.
Them: Here is my cell phone 555-555-5555. (phones ringing in the background)
Me: Are you calling from work?
Them: Yes, you set this up.
Me: Wait a minute. Set what up. You said other homes – I need a little more information than that.
Them: Like what? I gave you my name a cell phone number – what more do you want?
Me: Are you relocating to the area or are you an investor?
Them: The second.
Me: You’re an investor?
Them: Yes, the second that you said.
Me: Can I get an email address for you?
Them: Not at this time. Just set up appointments.
Me: I’m sorry – I can’t do that.
Them: Why not?
Me: I won’t meet a stranger without knowing more about them. Can I please have an email address?
Them: I will not give to you at this time.
Me: Well, there are quite a few more things that I need to know. Is this a company purchase or are you buying as an individual?
Them: Myself (short and sweet, huh?)
Me: Have you been to the area before? Is this a cash deal or will you be financing the home and have you secured that financing?
Them: You ask too many questions. I don’t like this.
Me: Well, thanks for calling.
I bring this up for a point. I have seen way too many newer agents jump all over calls like this. Hungry they are! Did I possibly just lose a client – maybe. (doubtful) Why would I spend time searching for someone when they don’t even have the common courtesy to answer questions about themselves, their motives, etc. Let me answer that – I WON’T. If he was at work we could have simply set up another time for a more appropriate conversation.
Regardless of what I may or may not have just lost SAFETY is first and foremost in my mind. Second is this; my time is VERY valuable to me. I will work my fingers to the bone and even bleed for those that are willing to have an open and honest relationship with me as their Realtor®. For those that don’t want that commitment? Find another and waste their time!
All I ask for is a little courtship up front – who knows, we may be a match made in heaven!