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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

This information has been moved to a blog post. LOL

Oct 21, 2019 01:31 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

What do you charge?

Do you think they will take less?

What would you suggest I offer?

Oct 21, 2019 11:52 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Not in any particular order but here's what I hear the most.

1. Can I see it now?

2. How much should I offer?

3. Why are they selling?

4. Do you thing they'll take $______?

5. What's happening with the market?

Oct 21, 2019 11:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

There are likely as many questions as there are first time homebuyers,  Some are so green they don't even know the questions to ask and you can see their eyes begin to glaze.  Others seem well-prepared but until they actually become homebuyers, aren't quite ready.    Listening helps. A lot. Start with the basics of the process and then go from there based on what you see happening.  Ask lots of questions along the way.   It's a journey with many twists and turns...  


Good luck.  

Oct 21, 2019 11:35 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

This seems like the appropriate place to say this - you are really screwing up, buddy. One of the greatest gifts of AR is the referral network. Trust me when I say that outside of the camaraderie and knowledge gleaned in interacting with other agents, the most sought after posts here are the ones from SEO gurus. Agents love tips and tricks about their websites, and then when it comes down to needing an expert, they go to the person who has provided them good service . . . more often than not looking for an expert in the Rain. 

Unless you pull the stick out of your nether regions, there's not one person on this thread that would consider sending you any kind of business because in one simple question you have demonstrated that you are incredibly difficult to work with. 

I have no skin in this game - merely to say - turn your game around in a hurry or your time here will be a complete waste. You have a goldmine here. Grow up.

#1 - Can we see $350,000 houses, even though I can only afford $300,000? Then we could offer low. 

#2 - Why do I have to pay PMI if I'm only putting 5% down?

And if you're still reading, I'm just going to leave these here. 



Oct 23, 2019 04:48 AM
ActiveRain Member Support
Seattle, WA

Philip, Just a suggestion since you're new to the community.  You might want to learn the rules of the playground before kicking sand in the faces of those that don't answer the question in the way you desired.  

If you give this community a chance, you'll find overall it is a VERY helpful and for the most part, very polite community.  

You'll also find the Q&A section is often filled with answers that may not suit the original question.  Take what you need, skip what you don't and both the community members AND you will have a better day.


Oct 22, 2019 07:01 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Is lunch served?

Can I bring my comfort animal inside?

Know any good Vegan restaurants in this area? 

Is this home haunted?

Why so serious?

If I press here will it prick?

Can I use the bathroom? 

Don't tell me I didn't answer the question. How do you know they don't ask these things??? Have a nice day


Oct 22, 2019 09:33 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Does my credit score impact my ability to buy?

Who much do I need for a down payment?

How do I get the best mortgage? 

When can I go and look at properties? 

Oct 22, 2019 05:28 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Can I offer half price? Can we see it now? Can I buy more? WHY??

Oct 21, 2019 01:14 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

How much money do I need?

Can you show me this house I found on Z?

Can you help me find a foreclosure? I watch a lot of HGTV.

Where do we start, we've never done this before? 


Oct 22, 2019 04:00 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

In addition to Dan Pittsenbarger's list, I JUST met a first-timer today and got the question "Why do I need to get pre-approved?"

He also asked, "Will the seller pay my Closing costs or do I need to pay them?"

Oct 21, 2019 09:50 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

read, Candice A. Donofrio post.  A

Oct 22, 2019 06:25 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

7 Frequently Asked Questions by First-Time Home Buyers ... › frequently-asked-questions-by-first-time-hom...
Oct 22, 2019 04:03 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Top question - where do we start it's all so overwhelming.  2nd one - we want a totally remodeled home with granite, stainless etc etc etc. Can we get that all for under 250K.

Oct 22, 2019 11:21 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

What do I do??? How can I buy a home? What is the process?  Show me homes!!!

Oct 21, 2019 07:58 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

1. Is this the best time to buy

2. What do I need to do?

3. How long will it take

4. What should I look for

Oct 21, 2019 06:41 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Process, timelines, how it all works.

Oct 21, 2019 02:38 PM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

1. Is their credit good enough

2. How much per month

3. Any down payment assistance or 0 down

Oct 21, 2019 02:29 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

#1 question is "how do I make an offer"

#2 question is "how much should I offer"

Oct 21, 2019 12:55 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What Dan Pittsenbarger said.

Oct 21, 2019 12:09 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

They have a variety of questions but most is about the process or timeline of the paperwork. Others are how is the loan going to work. In between showings, you will be answering questions they have. It really depends.

Dan used what I call the stupid questions. Especially the why are you selling one. Who cares, it's listed.

Oct 21, 2019 11:56 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The question that they should ask is "How many successful sales have you handled?

It astounds me how many first time agents target first time homebuyers, the blind leading the blind.  Perhaps these agents are looking for someone to practice on while they learn what they are doing and hope that first time buyers will not notice the mistakes.

Oct 21, 2019 11:45 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I agree with Dan Pittsenbarger 

Oct 21, 2019 11:44 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

There are two types of buyers who can be sorted by the questions they ask.

The most revealing are:

1. What's the taxes?
2. How soon can they move out?

It is possible your question pertains to 'What are the questions a buyer needs answered before hiring an agent to help them buy a house?"

Oct 21, 2019 11:41 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Generally speaking they say "can I see this house" when it's 50k to 100k out of their actual budget.

Oct 22, 2019 12:44 PM
Jason E. Gordon
AmeriFirst Financial Inc, San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA
Oct 22, 2019 08:06 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

How much will they take for it?

Oct 22, 2019 06:47 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Will you take less than 10 other agents I interviewed?

Oct 22, 2019 05:27 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Can they afford it??

Can they see it now?

What other expenses are there besides the cost of the house?

Oct 22, 2019 03:17 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Is it negotiable?

Oct 22, 2019 07:14 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Top questions, eh?

  1. Can you show me property?
  2. How long have you been in the business (although they don't really ask me that anymore since my beard has started greying).
  3. How much do you think we could get it for?
  4. Why hasn't it sold, yet?
  5. Can I bring my Greyhound along for the showings?
  6. Why not?
Oct 22, 2019 04:37 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Philip, The questions are endless. First time home buyers don't have a reference point for home buying. That is why they need an agent that actually can answer their questions. 

Questions generally evolve around the process.  How do we make an offer? How much should we offer?  Will our offer be accepted? The dreaded question - what if we change our mind!?  

Oct 22, 2019 06:31 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

How long will this take? Are you a deal maker?

Oct 22, 2019 03:27 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

When do I get the keys?
Can I move some stuff in early?

Oct 24, 2019 04:16 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

How much of a home can I buy, how much will my house payment be and how soon do we get our keys?

Oct 28, 2019 03:18 PM