[photopress:tall.jpg,thumb,alignright]Sometimes when we call for an appointment to preview a property, a homeowner doesn’t like to accommodate us, if we are not bringing the buyer with us. Sometimes they even get mad when we decide, based on our evaluation, to NOT bring the buyer to see their home. As in, “Who the #*&# are YOU to decide that the buyer shouldn’t even SEE my house?!” With all of the photos in the mls, I have to say that we do not have to preview as much as we did in the past. Thank you for THAT technological advance!! But we cannot totally irradicate the need to preview property.
The best example is the tall client who likes old houses. Many years ago, I had a client named Bruce who was 6’4″ and his wife LOVED older houses. I remember yelling down the stairs, “Bruce! Get up here and stand in this shower, please!” He and his wife both came upstairs with very puzzled looks on their faces. This was “the” house…the one they wanted to make an offer on. I said, “I don’t think Bruce fits in the shower”. So Bruce took off his shoes and stood in the tub and the shower head was at his nose. They did buy the house, but with “informed consent”, meaning Bruce acknowledged his willingness to duck every day for the rest of his life to wash his hair 🙂
As usual, history repeats itself and I have a tall, soon-to-be husband, looking for a remodeled bungalow in Seattle. House says 1,300 sf. Sounds good. I look at the tax record and find that half of that square footage is up, where the ceilings have funny angles, or down in the basement. I have to preview the property to see if my client “fits” in the house, before calling him to come and see it. Last week she loved, loved, loved the house! He only fit into a two foot square, up in the bedroom. LOL
So far, all of those pictures in the internet do not totally irradicate our need to preview property. So homeowners, we apologize, but sometimes we come alone, and then come back another time with our buyer clients IF after previewing, we determine your house is a “good fit” for our client.