Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Yes, or stay in a house they know they don't want for an hour placing their furniture. I learned after a little while to tactfully reign it in and move on to the next house.-Kasey

Apr 05, 2017 05:14 PM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Unfortunately I have. Now if it's not the home or yard for them I move them out as fast as I can. I'm going to waste my or the homeowners time.

Apr 05, 2017 06:23 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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Yeah those people have a name: "renters".

Apr 05, 2017 04:32 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
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Paul I bet I did in my early years but I got over it.  I keep buyers on track and if it's on to the next...well then let's go.

Apr 05, 2017 03:58 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh yes... I had one who would spend 30 minutes in each house looking at every last little thing even if they knew up-front it wasn't the right home for them. If this business has taught me anything, it's patience!

Apr 06, 2017 04:07 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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LOL YES!  I got a call from a gal who was a friend of a friend - HAD to see a couple of homes in a particular neighborhood. I knew her through our group of friends, vetted her minimally (about timing, pre-approval) and when I arrived to pick her up, she had two other friends with her. Of course, they wanted to go along too!  No worries - the more, the merrier...

SHE (the one who HAD to see the houses) exclaimed at the end of our tour, "We just love to window shop! We sure did have fun with you today!"  

Yes, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington, it happens!  ;-)

Apr 05, 2017 08:27 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Oh yes, I have had those. In fact when I first got in the business a friend of mine wanted to look at houses. Her husband wouldn't look but she said if she found one she really liked, he would look. Off and on for years we looked. She never foudn one he would look at. She even had the nerve to tell me it was good practice for me. They never bought anything, moved out of state and FSBO'd for 3 years and finally sold it. I never made a dime.

Apr 05, 2017 06:58 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's called time wasting! It's baffling why, when they know it's not right. I always let them know that they should not feel badly, even if we drive up and it's not the one - I don't want to waste their time, mine, or the sellers'.

Apr 05, 2017 06:18 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I tell people as soon as it's not the house for you, time to go, even if its at the curb.

Apr 05, 2017 06:07 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Yep.  That's why I carry the laptop, paperwork, etc.  They can take their sweet time looking around.  Meanwhile, I will get some work done.

Apr 05, 2017 05:26 PM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I call those types attention whores.  

Once you identify the behavior, have a talk with them to get them on the right track.  If they insist on continuing with unproductive activities that are a waste of your time, cut 'em loose.

I'll give people some leeway for a short period of time, but I won't let anyone make me their b!tch.

Apr 05, 2017 03:51 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Yes I call them 'the shoppers'. When you follow up years later they still haven't bought. They love the idea of looking around. I think they can't make a decision.

Apr 06, 2017 05:06 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

YES! They moved on pretty quickly but I have heard of agents that get stuck with clients that just enjoy looking at homes that were outside their price range, area, or wants. If that happened to me I would tell them to move on.

Apr 06, 2017 05:05 AM
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Roy Kelley
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I do not allow that to happen.

Apr 06, 2017 04:12 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington - the moment I sense that I start sending them the list of open houses!

Apr 05, 2017 10:44 PM
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Bob Crane
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I never understand shoppers of any kind who shop for recreation.

Apr 05, 2017 07:15 PM
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Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
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I think sometimes the buyers are worried about offending me, since I took the time to make the appointment, etc.  I let them know at the beginneing of the day, that if they dont like it, we need to move on.  I agree that we need to keep them on track.   Fun FUn 

Apr 05, 2017 06:25 PM
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Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Been there done that.

Apr 05, 2017 05:11 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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Fortunately, I have not had that experience.

Apr 05, 2017 04:34 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

This is time consuming.  If the home doesn't work, leave and move on to the next. 

Apr 05, 2017 04:26 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Been there.  Seen that.  

Apr 06, 2017 06:48 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

They might want to - but that's a game I don't play...

Apr 06, 2017 05:05 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
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I showed 15 homes in one day but closed on one of them

Apr 06, 2017 04:10 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
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Yup!  It can make you nuts!!  I now be sure they know at our first visit, "there's no minimum time we have to stay at a house; you won't hurt my feelings if you don't like it as soon as you walk in.  That's when we move on to find the one you DO like".

Apr 06, 2017 03:54 AM
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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
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It's time for a "Come to Jesus" meeting. 

Apr 06, 2017 03:36 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

Oh yeah, and you won't believe this, during the heart of the recession I was just hoping someone would have me show them homes even though I knew they were just lookie-loos

Apr 05, 2017 10:04 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
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Not often. I prefer those that know as soon as we arrive.  

Apr 05, 2017 08:10 PM
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Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Only a few times and after that my stay on track routine kicked in.

Apr 05, 2017 08:03 PM
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Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Yes.  I try to require them to keep their showing list to a modest number, and toss out any marginal candidates.  Sometimes it works.  Painful when it doesn't!

Apr 05, 2017 07:38 PM
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

Yes.

Apr 05, 2017 05:56 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

No, that has not happened to us

Apr 05, 2017 05:09 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't love houses that much but yes, early in my career I wasn't too smart about this.

Apr 05, 2017 04:39 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have heard of this but would never participate in it. I got a good look up close when I sat tract homes. people loved to come by and see the models and the construction but no purchase

Apr 05, 2017 04:09 PM
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Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Paul,

I have not encounter such, but if I did, I tell them to drive by. No need for favors here:)

Apr 05, 2017 03:40 PM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Yes sure lots of people do that but you need to have conversations with them and explain the TIME factor for them... but also that you are in a business and need the time to be productive

Mar 17, 2018 09:06 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - Yes, and I have discovered that some of these clients are not actually interested in buying so I have had to cut them loose.

Apr 09, 2017 10:22 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It is way too busy to have these type clients, would have to have a conversation about time allocation!  

Apr 08, 2017 07:00 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I let them look on their own at open houses (after notifying all the agents involved that they are my clients). I don't play tour guide for lookers but am available if and when they get serious.

Apr 08, 2017 02:30 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No, I kick them to the curb or just flat out tell them "you ruled it out already, so we aren't going there."

Apr 06, 2017 04:49 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Yes, I had one that opened every closet and drawer and asked a million questions, only to tell me when we got done that she would never live in a home that had "that kind of driveway"... which she clearly saw BEFORE going into the house.

Apr 06, 2017 01:57 PM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

One may try, but I tell people (upfront) that I am not a tour guide. Nips it in the bud. 

Apr 06, 2017 10:30 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

There are times when a client loses focus.  I redirect them ... this is a 3 bedroom home ... you a 4 bedroom ... let's keep our focus on what you want and need. 

Apr 06, 2017 08:58 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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We have had a few and they quickly learn that we are not tour guides

Apr 06, 2017 08:25 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Had a relocation guy once who had a list of 22 homes he wanted to see from 250,000 to over a million. Over a cup of coffee admitted he went to all the open houses he could see every Sunday.

I arranged for another agent! He did not sell him a house!

Apr 06, 2017 05:46 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Oh yes, and then the ones that walk into a home and say up front that they don't like it.  Yet, still spend a half hour in the home going over all the problems.  Let's move on.

Apr 06, 2017 05:40 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Absolutely, I have clients and just maybe-one-day-to-be-clients just like that. They love going to open houses, so it does not bother me, I just ask them to disclosure our relationship to an agent. I recently had a first time buyer who wanted to see ''everything''....it was very time consuming and she had no idea what she really wants and I'm not sure she ever will commit...so those relationships did not work well. 

Apr 05, 2017 09:39 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Yes some folks have no concept of wasting your time !

Apr 05, 2017 08:35 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Yes

Apr 05, 2017 05:48 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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Yes, I get rea; with them so we get on with what is real for them

Apr 05, 2017 05:19 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington No tire kickers here.

Apr 05, 2017 03:45 PM