It’s a nice day. The sun is shining and you have the day off. You and your partner say: “Let’s go to Lake
Wallenpaupack and look at some houses.”
So you shoot off an email from your phone while [your partner is] driving along the interstate: “Hey Karen, we’re on our way up to the Poconos. We have about ten houses we want to see before heading home around 4. See you in an hour!”
Meanwhile, I check my mail and start freaking out. What!????
I already planned the day: work on paperwork then get the balloons ready for my 10:00 open house. Then at 1 p.m., meet with home owners to discuss putting their home on the market. The earliest I can meet with anyone else is 3 p.m. Rats…these buyers need to be headed back home by 3 or 4 p.m.
(By the way… sending email isn’t the best idea for last-minute appointments; I may not check email for several hours if I am with clients already! When I’m with clients, they get my full attention, not divided between them and my phone!)
Ahhhh……fortunately, I’m able to find an agent who happens to have the morning free, and I refer the last-minute buyers to her. Now everyone is happy and it’s gonna be a GREAT day!
Then while at the open house, I get a call: my 1 p.m. appointment cancels (about 90 minutes before our meeting). Rats. I could have taken that other buyer to see homes, but now I’m stuck and another agent has my buyer! NOW I wish someone would call me at the last-minute to see homes! LOL
I do my very best to meet with anyone on short notice – I know unexpected things happen and suddenly you have free time – but as a full-time professional agent, I don’t always have openings for last-minute appointments.
Just as you make an appointment with your hair dresser, mechanic, or accountant, you should make an appointment with your real estate agent. I want to accommodate last-minute appointments, but giving me at least a day’s notice is best.
We can’t just show up at homes – we must make appointments in advance. While many of the homes for sale in Wayne & Pike County are vacation homes, many are used frequently, even in winter. A fair amount of homes for sale are owner or tenant occupied. Some require 24-hours notice.
If you have scheduled an appointment, I understand if you have to cancel, but please try to give as much notice as possible. I may have told other customers that I couldn’t see them, so that I could spend the afternoon with you. I don’t get paid a salary or anything like that. I only get paid when I sell a house…so time that I can spend with buyers or sellers is precious. Giving me advanced notice is a courtesy that enables me to make other appointments and earn a living to feed my family!
Not only does it help me out when you make advance appointments, it helps your showings go much more smoothly and helps you avoid wasted trips/time. If certain homes are unavailable, we have time to schedule alternate homes that may be even better!
Then there are the over-zealous who arrive two hours earlier than their appointment – wow…that’s sometimes fun when you have juggled
several tasks in one day. You’ll have to forgive me if I can’t meet earlier…maybe you can spend some time familiarizing yourself with the fine shops and restaurants in the area. Often, I book several appointments in a day, just like a hair dresser or mechanic.
I guess some think we agents are just sitting at our desks playing solitaire, or twiddling our thumbs just waiting for the phone to ring. That may be true for some, but not me or the other agents I work with.
We would love to work with you – just please give us a heads up in advance!