Realtors are driving me NUTS!!!
This is the third time in the last ten years I have bought a home, but this has been the worst experience ever. I hope someone reading this can give me some ideas as to what we're doing wrong, and I hope what I've written is understandable, because I am really upset.
Every five or six weeks, business takes my husband to southern Arkansas. We like the area, and would like buy a home there. We are pre-approved, with no financial issues. But every time we contact a realtor we run into problems.
Since we only have a few days in the area, and don't want to waste our time, or the realtors, we usually call or email for more info in advance. The questions are basic - what school does the home go to? Any businesses like logging or farming operating nearby? What are the taxes? What is the finished square footage, not including garages , porches or unfinished basements?
Considering that we are driving into each of these areas and staying overnight, I don't think any of the questions are unreasonable. I always make our requests polite. But out of four realtors we have seen so far, not one answered all four questions. one answered two of them, one answered one. The last realtor did not answer any of the questions, just wrote back - "it's a real nice place"...
Do they really think we can buy a home without knowing this stuff???!!!
Another realtor showed us two "hot properties" that were way overpriced for what was offered. One of them had HALF the square feet of comparables sold since the start of the year, and it was a mess, too. I don't get it, they must realize we can follow property sales online, too, right?
That's not the worst, though. On our last trip, we saw a buyer's agent. We gave her the MLS numbers of three places we were very interested in seeing, she looked them up, and told us that it would be no problem for her to show us all of them in an afternoon.
When we went to see her, she told us she wanted to show us a just listed place she thought fit us perfectly. Small, needed work, way overpriced...
No thanks. So she took us to another place not on our list. When we balked, she told us the places we wanted to see were in the other direction, and she didn't have time to go out there. We never saw what she was supposed to show us. Day wasted. Trip wasted.
We have bought BOTH our previous homes out of state, and never had any problems with realtors at all. One, in particular, was so competant she was almost on top of things before we told her what we needed. This has been a weird and unsettling experience for us.
If it had been one or two realtors, I would simply write it off as "they're lazy" or whatever. But after four duds, I'm afraid something is wrong with our approach, either that, or we have SUCKER printed on our foreheads. Any ideas, good or bad, would be appreciated. Thanks for reading all this.