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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES I don't remember this ever happening.  Tony

Sep 27, 2015 11:41 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

 I don't show many houses any more but it happens occasionally when the buyer doesn't really realize what their criteria are but it is obvious that they actually are asking for something different than what they think they want! That can be fun to watch. 

Sep 27, 2015 09:03 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We don't work with a lot of buyers, but they buy homes we didn't think fit their criteria about half of the time!

Sep 27, 2015 08:43 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

countless times. I love it when I know what the buyers want more than they do! LOL

Sep 27, 2015 08:39 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Many times

Sep 28, 2015 12:45 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I learned when I entered this business in 1989 that my bias could be an issue in what I recommend. I changed my attitude to it's up to the buyers to decide what is home and my job to make sure that the value was there and was financially a good decision.

Sep 27, 2015 11:02 PM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

I think that has happened to me at least once Silvia.

Sep 27, 2015 11:01 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I would guess 35%. Reality is probably much higher. If the question was 'How often did a buyer purchase a house that met few of the initial criteria?" that would creep up to more than 50%.

Sep 27, 2015 10:57 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

Not that often but it does occur. More often than not the buyer may pass on something that I may feel is a better investment and fit for them versus the one they end up with. But that's a matter of opinion.

Sep 27, 2015 10:45 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It happens some maybe 10-20% of the time. It pays to through in a rogue house from time to time.

Sep 27, 2015 10:30 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I remember doing that several times and my line would be "just see it to eliminate it".... we need to "eliminate" from the list.... and they'd buy it!!!

Sep 27, 2015 10:20 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Not often. I need their permission.  After a few showings if they don't like all. Time to regroup.  In our area all homes have multiple offers way over the asking price.  They know that. If they do not I reinforce it.

Sep 27, 2015 10:19 PM
Robert Smith
Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com - Brighton, MI
SRES, Search for Homes Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan

I used to have my buyers do the old Ben Frnaklin thing, drawing a vertical line down the middle of a sheet and on one side writing what they want/must have and the other side what they didn't want.

It was amazing to see the results.  I strongly believe that people make an emotional connection to a house within the first 30 seconds or so and if they do, that's it, regardless of pre-conceptions.

Sep 27, 2015 09:59 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

We have all had our share; I learned in the auto industry they be looking for XYZ and drive out with ABC.

Sep 27, 2015 09:54 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Quite a few times, actually. Often I had to drag my clients there kicking and screaming because something told me it was the right home for them. And then they ended up buying it.

Sep 27, 2015 09:32 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Never know for sure until you look at it.

Mar 09, 2019 10:04 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It happens, often the agent knows things about the buyers beyond their preference sheet.

Sep 20, 2018 07:44 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Thank you everyone for your answers!  This has happened to me twice in the last week or so.  

The first one was a home where they buyer wanted a totally open floorplan with no barriers to the kitchen, not even hanging cabinets.  Now they are buying a home that has a wall separating the kitchen from the rest of the living area.

The second example is a home I showed only because inventory of three bedroom homes (which was a must) in that particular neighborhood is scarce. Buyers fell in love with a two bedroom home that they deemed move-in ready (and it is).  Yet, returning during the inspections, they decided that most of the rooms needed to be painted to change the color scheme. Still happy with the home though! 

Sep 29, 2015 10:05 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES Actually, I show the homes that sometimes buyer feel is not 'fit' for them - and they love it!

Sep 28, 2015 01:56 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It has happened more often that I can count. Buyers will tell you repeatedly what there ideal home is, only to do a 180 on us.

Sep 28, 2015 01:41 AM