Don’t Be Offended When Your Agent Asks You Questions


Bad news travels fast. So the real estate industry was in an uproar this week over the kidnapping and murder of an Arkansas agent. Most days, agents go about their business without a thought for REALTOR safety. They show homes to people they’ve never met before. They go on listing appointments to view property with home owners they don’t know from Adam.

It’s a job that has the potential for danger, even though we push those thoughts to the back of our minds.

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Why do agents ignore the risks?

Because, in today’s world of information at our fingertips in micro seconds, home buyers tend to think that they should be able to see any home, every home, at the drop of a hat. And they get nasty when an agent begins to ask them some basic qualifying questions.

Please. Don’t do this.

Home owners have an expectation that when they make the beds, clean up the house, turn on the lights and open the curtains before leaving for an hour or more, that the people coming through their house are, at a minimum, qualified for a mortgage loan or have proved that they have the cash to buy.

Agents have an expectation (or they should) that their buying clients are willing to take the necessary steps to get pre-approved or to have their banker prove they have the necessary funds to write an offer.

“It won’t be a problem” or “I have plenty of cash” is not worth the paper it’s (not) written on.

None of this is designed to offend anyone.

None of this is done to question your integrity.

Some of the questions that agents ask are for their own safety. 

Would you meet a stranger in a vacant house on just their word that they are a real buyer? Probably not.

So please don’t be offended if one of our agents asks questions before agreeing to meet with you.

I’d say it’s not personal, but it is. It’s personal safety.

And if you think that makes us bad people, we might not be the agency you want to work with.

10 Responses to “Don’t Be Offended When Your Agent Asks You Questions”

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  1. Tanya says:

    Really well said, Lisa. And it had to be said.

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks, Tanya. The idea that something could happen to one of my agents while they are just doing their job? It’s horrifying.

  2. Danielle says:

    I love you! So true. This is real estate, not the emergency room.

    • Lisa says:

      It’s not a bakery either, Danielle, yet agents continue to Pop-Tart out of their chairs, into the car and meet strangers. It’s a scary thing.

  3. Pop Tart, eh? I don’t know about boxed pastry, but I DO know that what you’ve said here badly needed saying. I love you dearly & I’d hate to ever see anything happen to you or any of the folks in our RE circles. Or anyone else, for that matter.

  4. katherine racine says:

    Thanks Lisa! I will be sharing in many circles!!!!! It’s not just the buyer’s agents that need to be cautious. Meeting a seller “after hours” at their property can be just as dangerous. Always, always, always keep SOMEBODY informed of where you are going and when you are expected to be back. I know I’ll be bolder with my interviews as well!

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