Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Company)

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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     I ask about their financial qualification first.  Will you be paying cash, or do you have a pre-approval letter from a Lender?   And... are you working with a real estate agent?

Mar 30, 2016 08:57 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I get all the information prior to showing.  Lender approval and proof of funds. And, I ask if they are working with an agent.  Shocking I know ... but some have actually not been honest about that 

Mar 30, 2016 10:54 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I ask questions. What I do depends on their answers.  But I never ever meet random strangers at a home alone.

Mar 30, 2016 10:09 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I will generally ask if they have been preapproved and by what lender.  If they haven't taken that step, I encourage them to do so before we meet.

Mar 30, 2016 09:04 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I always ask someone I don't know to meet me at my office first. If they are real, they show up.

Mar 30, 2016 12:39 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I use my instincts, ask a few Qs and do some gentle fishing. If I think they are OK, I schedule an appointment for them to see it. If not, there are 1200 agents in our association and it's on LB. I'm not available, but you can hire a buyer's agent to show. Enjoy!

Mar 30, 2016 11:37 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Firstly, I would find it quite insulting for a Buyer to think I was simply sitting by the phone awaiting their call! 

Secondly, I'm fortunate in that all of my listings may only be shown to qualified buyers so it is not expected that I'll jump. 

I've not found too many people who don't have an understanding of how the world has changed our old mode of operations.

Mar 30, 2016 09:49 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I think you have a distinct advantage being a women saying you're not meeting anyone without them coming to your office. Then cite a safety issue/policy at your office.

I always tell them bring your pre-approval with you please.

Mar 30, 2016 09:16 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

You have to ask questions and in light of Beverly Carter's death in Arkansas you need to be certain about who you are dealing with. Met them at a public place first and do some qualifications.

Mar 30, 2016 09:11 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I say ABSOLUTELY! Come on in to my office so I can meet you and then we will go from there.

Mar 30, 2016 08:52 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Let's meet at my office and chat first!

Mar 30, 2016 09:29 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

The ones that call and think I can stop everything for them, will have to wait. The ones that my instinct tell me have potential, we ask all the questions and will take them out once before needing to see the pre-approval.

Mar 30, 2016 06:44 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I always meet them first, so I can talk to them. But I do ask on the phone few questions to find out if they work(ed) with someone else, if they talked to a lender and when they are planing to buy.

Mar 30, 2016 04:43 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I do some prequalifying first and find out if they are a qualified buyer. I then schedule an appointment to come into the office. I generally don't show without a buyer agency agreeement or the discussion about representation.

Mar 30, 2016 01:04 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

It is my Fiduciary relationship to the seller to show only qualified buyers their house ..without a contract with the buyer I actually still represent the seller ..

Mar 30, 2016 10:34 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Depends on the pricing of the listing. More expensive listings require criteria whereas the lesser require convenience. More showings can lead somewhere. I do all my own showings hands on all the way. I know what people are saying and thinking first hand when they do. I use this to uphold or modify my position. My experience is what people hire

Mar 30, 2016 10:06 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Mimi. Most of my Realtor partners that I work with will not show a property without a pre-qualification letter. I personally think the ones that do often waste their time.

Mar 30, 2016 06:13 PM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

If I was an agent, yes, or course I would meet with anyone that is looking for a house. At the meeting, ask them if they have talked to a lender, and if they have a letter. If they have not, get on the phone and do a pre-qualification (including running a credit report) and educate the customer on the buying process. A good lender can have this done is less than 30 minutes. Then show them the house. But don't come across as a person that doesn't have the time to talk with buyers who are not approved yet.

Mar 30, 2016 10:00 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I spend a little time talking (and a LOT of time listening) when they call to determine if they are qualified, serious buyers since so many of the listings here are by appointment only. If we do set an appointment, I meet them in a public place before showing since the office is a bit of a drive and not in the area I work.


Mar 30, 2016 09:47 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

That is up to the seller. If sellers instructions were to show only to preapproved buyers, then they must provide a current lender letter before i will meet them at the house.

Mar 30, 2016 09:06 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I do get all of their info, let someone know I am meeting at a listing.   Generally I will show them the home without asking about the lender, meet them and built rapport, and go from there.

Apr 02, 2016 12:35 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I ask a few "pre-qualifying" questions, but don't push for all the paperwork right away, first try to see how serious they are.

Mar 31, 2016 09:52 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This always depends on the circumstances, the property, the conversation, etc. Let your 'gut feeling' control.

Mar 31, 2016 09:46 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

To be in compliance of fair housing and provide equal service our policy is they get pre qualified and sign a buyers rep agreement or find someone else to open doors for them.

Mar 31, 2016 05:08 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

If it's an agent, I'll pre-qual their client.  Most of my listings are agent accompany.   I'm not going out there for a looki-loo or someone who has a home to sell first.  Contingent offers are looked down on in this market with homes going in multiples.

If it's a person, I'll qualify them to see if they're into the lender process yet, then I'll go if I think they're ready to purchase (or close enough) or if think I can pick them up as a buyer.  Gotten a couple buyers that way recently.

Mar 31, 2016 02:58 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I try to get the property sold for my sellers, so I show it.  I always ask first if they are working with a agent.

Mar 31, 2016 12:59 AM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

I always ask two questions before I will meet them.  1) Have you talked to a lender yet?"  (The "yet" is important.)  And 2)  Are you working with an agent?   If they have an agent, I suggest that their agent should show the property, or find a colleague who will show them the property.    I have been known to show a buyer property on behalf of their buyers agent, if that agent calls me and explains what the extenuating circumstances are.  Of course, I don't expect listing agents to show houses to my clients, either.

Mar 31, 2016 12:51 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

The agents for whom I market would meet them in the office first and then have a conversation and explain what's needed....

Mar 31, 2016 12:19 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I very seldom rush out to see anyone, instead I start collecting qualifying info and set an appointment for a later date.

Mar 30, 2016 11:46 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Since I don't do "dual agency" I refer them to another competent Buyer Agent in our brokerage...

Mar 30, 2016 11:29 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Mimi Foster I ask, if their buyer has been preapproved.

Mar 30, 2016 11:22 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I get as much info as possible then show them the home.

Mar 30, 2016 10:46 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I ask questions but depending on the listing/seller I don't necessarily get a lender or other information.  

Mar 30, 2016 10:46 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I like to meet them at the office before going to the property. 

Mar 30, 2016 10:44 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

If it is a consumer without a buyer agent, i do ask a series of questions and depending the answers show or ask for that pre uql letter first

Mar 30, 2016 10:41 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

100% of the time we make sure they are qualified to buy the home.  If they haven't talked with a lender yet, that comes first.  

Mar 30, 2016 10:39 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I ask them a few questions .

Mar 30, 2016 10:22 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What Fred Griffin said. What Kathleen Daniels said. What Tammy Lankford said.

Mar 30, 2016 10:04 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I vet any buyer and I or someone from my team does each showing.

Mar 30, 2016 06:42 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Mimi Foster - I'd stay away from that and refer him/her to another agent at my brokerage - unless they are willing to share their pre-approval letter and willing to work with you.

Mar 30, 2016 02:06 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

My office is not close to my farm area. I usually meet them at a public place. When we talk, I get as much info as possible including their lenders info. 

Mar 30, 2016 12:47 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

They have to be pre-approved first.

Mar 30, 2016 12:41 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

It depends on how I feel in my gut.  I would probably would show them the house without a lender letter, but would get some of their information.

Mar 30, 2016 12:37 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We always were pre-qualifying over the phone, and not I did not ask for a Lender's letter when I knew the company who needed to lease a couple of floors in the building.  Nor did I ask, if they wanted to buy a building.  I made an appointment and showed them the space.  We wrote an offer or we did not, and I had with me a list of other suitable buildings.  When we moved to Napa, no one asked us for a letter to see a home...A

Mar 30, 2016 10:14 AM
Toronto, ON

I go through my checklist for this type of situation.

Mar 30, 2016 08:54 AM