Annapolis Md Homes and More: I Would Love To Show You Those Homes I Said However.....

I Would Love To Show You Those Homes I Said However.....

Last weekend I held an open house that was quite active. One of the buyers to be took my card after asking if I knew the area very well. After 22 years in the business this area has been one of my stomping grounds for years so yes was my answer.

new homeAnyway she called today and asked if I would show her two homes this evening. She wanted to compare before she went to a final appointment with her new home construction salesperson. If she likes either home I showed her she would then work with me if not then she would buy the new construction. Oh my.

I would love to show you those homes I said however that is not how I work. I would love to be your agent however the way you want to have this done is against the way I do business. I do more than just open doors for comparison, I work hard to represent my clients. I would love to show you these homes but I think it best you find another agent as I am not the agent for you.

She just called me back and she said she really wants me to be their agent. She is going to call the new home representative to see if they in fact will honor me as their agent.  Oh my what a change around that was.

Buying a home is a huge investment and needs to be handled with care and due diligence. Using an agent to just open doors is not the way to go. Many agents, like myself, have years of experience to share with you. Use it wisely.  

Yes I would love to show you those homes I said, however....


About the Author Martha Brown- As a third generation Annapolitan I love to write about my experiences in and out of the real estate market. Licensed since 1992 all with Long & Foster I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Seller Representation Specialist (SRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. My goal is to help my clients understand the real estate market and to then make sound real estate decisions. 


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Comment balloon 8 commentsMartha Brown • July 18 2014 12:29PM


Martha - You are a true professional and how you handled this buyer was terrific!  Buyers and sellers forget that years of experience really do add value to a transaction!  We're not just there to open doors!  Suggested!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 4 years ago

Thankfully she was really upfront and honest with you and it could work out to her benefit.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Good for her for realizing she was in over her head and needed your assistance!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 4 years ago

Laura thanks so much. 

Tammy that is very true. 

Wallace indeed. It seems to be working out nicely. 

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 4 years ago

Martha, Some buyers totally miss the value proposition in having an experienced agent working for them.  Glad this one saw the light!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 4 years ago

So true Bill. Their perception of an agent is all off kilter. we need to do a better job of letting them know I guess. 

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 4 years ago

Martha, I had this happen once with a buyer who had already put down a $10,000 deposit to reserve a lot on new construction. After doing so, he felt he needed an agent. I stepped in and showed his some other options. Lo and behold, he chose the existing home. It saved them $30,000. They were thrilled and so was I. Of course, I got their $10K back as well. 

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 4 years ago

Hello Martha ... Love your post and so sorry to reply so late, been busy traveling. Your post has even featured to the group:


Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 4 years ago