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I don't preview homes for buyers unless I've spent some time with them and understand their tastes/preferences. I will preview homes when I'm clear what we're looking for and buyers are limited on time!
Jeff Dowler, CRS
For relo buyers, especially older buyers, I want to preview so I can offer them their best options without making them look at stuff they shouldn’t buy.
It is a good idea to preview homes for out of town buyesr as they do not have much time.
If I preview, really only for relocating clients. And even for them, unless they've already been to Charlotte and viewed some houses with me so I have a good idea of what they are looking for, I typically don't as it's hard to guess what their "hot buttons" might be.
Not usually....esp;ecially if they are out of the area,...they need to see more than jsut the house...the community...neighborhood....etc. to get a feel for where they want to live.
It depends on a client. If a client is a busy person and motivated to move quickly, I would go there and find the best matches.
Jeff Dowler CRS usually, I do not like to preview the homes in person - mainly because of the distances I cover. However, I am usually familiar with many areas and the MLS details give me even more information - sufficient for my buyer clients.
Yes, not all photo's accurately represents a property, I don't want to waste their time showing them unfit properties.
Good evening Jeff, I ALWAYS express to my out of area clients that if they see a home that really interests them I will preview it for them and take pictures and videos that we as listing agents may not always put on the MLS. I am sure not to disrespect other agents pics. More to insure that I want to give my clients as best an overall view of a home before they maybe spend time and money coming to see it in person. That is part of my job as I see it. I do make it clear though that it should be with homes they are REALLY interested. Not just a list. Make it a great week Jeff. Mark
Jeff, I do for out of town buyers when I'm going to have limited time to spend with them. It's really important to know the best of what's out there, and I just feel more confident when I know exactly what we'll be walking into.
It's case by case. Sometimes if I'm close to the property, and buyer is an hour away, I'll preview it.
If i have an out of town buyer, i will check out homes ahead of their arrival to assist in narrowing down when they do get here. I dont have to wait to meet them as many relocations i spend a great deal of time online and on the phone getting to know their wants, needs, likes and dont likes.
It depends on the buyers. I have some out of the area buyers, I'm very close with. I think I have a good handle on what they are looking for. For them I would preview a home. If it's someone I don't know, I wouldn't do that.
If I haven't met the clients yet, I typically do not, as what they say they like and what they actually like might very well be quite different. Especially if they are unfamiliar with the neighborhoods. Once I've taken them out once or twice and I have a feel for their likes and dislikes, I will preview homes for them.
Jeff - I preview homes on a weekly basis just to stay abreast of new inventory, so I will definitely do it for an out of area client, especially just prior to them coming into town. If a visit isn't imminent, then I will rely more on an automated search for them and view those properties that they like online to get a sense of their taste.
I will preview foreclosures oftentimes to see if it is worth bringing them through. Otherwise, I rarely do, but sometimes talk with the listing agent prior to showings.
For my out of area buyers many times I do. I am not always able to, but when I can I like to. Especially buyers I have been working with for a while and know what they really want.
Previewing takes a lot of time and is difficult to justify unless there are very special requirements.