Wanting To Tour A Listed Property?(All potential buyers who are interested in details on our listings must first complete a buyer interview with us. This blog is dedicated to those who have already accomplished this task and have become one of our clients.)
Everybody understands a buyer’s anxiousness when they learn of a new potential property. We are here to help you do things in the proper manner to best achieve the goal of connecting buyers and sellers.
It’s imperative you understand the utmost degree of discretion that’s needed when seeing a listed property. It’s so important, matter of fact, that I can’t even sugar coat this article with words like “Please don’t…” so the rules sound harsh as a means of expressing our absolute intention that they be followed.
Our sellers and their employees have their hands full, so it’s critical a buyer permit Fortune Real Estate to coordinate a buyer’s visit and tour to ensure the seller is able to dedicate time to lead the tour and that all is handled in the confidential manner that’s required.
Many sellers don’t inform anyone else at the business (staff or customers) of the intention to sell. If you even say, “I heard the place is for sale” you could be sounding an alarm.
You won’t be the first buyer to wish you could drive through or camp at the business after you’ve learned enough details to locate the property, but we don’t encourage this practice. If, however, you can’t resist the opportunity of a pre-scheduled tour, these rules which must be followed.
- Simply drive through. Do not stop, unless the entrance says you need to register at the office. In that case, ask the office attendant if it’s OK to drive through. You may ask for a site map, but limit your conversation and don’t reveal the reason for your visit. Don’t inquire as to whether the person is the owner.
- Don’t converse with the owner, staff or other guests, outside of a polite greeting. This covers a lot of territory: don’t ask questions, don’t reveal who you, don’t reveal why you’re in the area, and so on. If they attempt to have a conversation with you, such as asking what kind of RV you drive, just respond that you’re just looking around for a friend from up north. Be polite, but be very concise, and leave as soon as you can.
- Don’t go into areas that are for staff and employees only, or that are otherwise marked as limited access.
- Don’t reveal or accidentally display any paperwork or online information that’s been supplied to you as a potential buyer.
- Don’t take a lot of photographs or videos while you’re there. This visit is to simply rule it in or out as a possibility and all further ‘research’ needs to be done at a scheduled time. You will have many opportunities to gather the deeper research on your scheduled tour.
- Limit those in your party to as few as necessary. The larger the party, the more chance something could be said or done that will break one or all of these rules.
- Limit your drive-through to a very small window of time.
- Don’t talk business in the local area. People often know one another, so overhearing your party’s discussion could create new issues for the seller.
- Likewise, don’t talk business with other businesses. For example, you may browse the local grocery store, but don’t discuss business accounts for wholesale purchases. Likewise, you may visit a local bank but don’t discuss their business bank account opportunities or lending practices.
When you have decided that a property is appealing and you would like to learn more, Fortune Real Estate will coordinate your visit with the seller.