Realtors work long hours researching, showing properties, calling prospective sellers and buyers, and educating ourselves with local knowledge all of the time. Our time is well spent and we do so for free. We are never paid a dime until a property successfully closes. So we spend a lot of time in hopes we will have a closing.
So when do you say no to a potential customer? One, if a customer is rude then do not work with them. If they are not loyal to your hours of service, then do not work with them. If during a background check you find out they have felony arrests for child molestation, robbery, resisting arrest, etc. then do not work with them.
You are a stranger to a Realtor. We have never met before. I require a photo ID before I meet with you. I do a precursory background check before I agree to meet with you. I never put you in my car. You will follow me and we will meet at the first property.
Realtors take a huge liability risk by placing customers in their car. One such story is that of an older couple riding with a Realtor and the Realtor took a speed bump a little fast. The couple sued that Realtor for whip lash.
Realtors have been robbed at gunpoint in the past for placing customers in their car. Other Realtors have been murdered in vacant homes meeting strangers on the fly.
So, please do not be offended when I take the necessary steps to make sure that you are a good person and are able to afford the properties I will be showing you.
Do not ask me to set up 10 properties for viewings and then call the next morning to cancel. It takes a lot of time to call for showing instructions, get door keys or codes, and permission to gain access to show a property. It is just plain RUDE of you to cancel at the last minute. You know who you are…….