My wife and I recently became empty nesters and see that we are using just a fraction of our 5200-square foot home.
So this past Saturday and Sunday we happily went off to four open houses. Being mortgage professionals and ninety – nine percent of our business being purchases, we knew what we were looking for.
We are both:
- Environmentally Conscious
- We are busy so we wanted a home move-in ready
Our first stop was Indianapolis popular Watermark area where the Agent at the open house new us. A great Realtor – engaging and knows her stuff. She did an excellent job of showing us the many updates throughout the home the deck that overlooked the Downtown Skyline the spacious Master Suite with the oversized bathroom (never underestimate the power of the Indianapolis Downtown Skyline).
Our second stop was another Watermark property where we were enthusiastically greeted by a Realtor with an, I know you two! We’d met at a closing she was the sellers’ agent and worked for another broker. Believe me, a memory for faces is a skill worth cultivating! We enjoyed a good conversation the type that only industry professionals can do with each other – then took the tour. One thing about this property stood out it had an elevator (cool, but not my style). About the same square footage as the first property, same age, some the same amenities but it was about one hundred thousand dollars cheaper and comparable to comparable the same value? Something didn’t feel right. My wife saw the needs and wants that fit the bill in the first home. No contest.
On to open house number three, where they’re serving hot dogs and cookies complete with banners and balloons. The place looked busy no doubt because of the aggressive advertising, signs pointing this way and that way it felt like a circus. We are greeted by an agent with this: “We’ll get anybody approved!” He looks at our business cards in bewilderment. When we tell him what type of home we are looking for and that we had our own financing. The only words he seems to here is “own financing” because he points us to the table with a bunch of flyers and zips off, presumably to find greener pastures.
- Pending soon
- Taking Back up Offers
- Lock-In this home with a preapproval from XYZ Mortgage Company
Do people actually fall for this kind of smoke and mirrors? Completely turned off, we left and went to the next open house, where I’m sorry to say we wasn’t greeted at all during the 15 minutes we were there.
I’ll leave you to guess which house we made an offer on and why.