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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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If they are not asking I am most certainly answering with the discussions I have with them about all things that need to get discussed. It opens a dialogue that may prompt questions they had not thought about before. 

Sep 13, 2018 07:54 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I dont expect them to know what they need to know, I lead them to where they need to be.

Sep 13, 2018 07:31 AM
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Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Buyers:  Let me run it by my lender to see if I can get a loan on this.

Sellers:  Any ideas of what I should do to maximize value?

Sep 13, 2018 07:35 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   Can you loan me the down payment?

Sep 13, 2018 07:27 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I like your question/answering prompt...For me, I take the initiative in a professional relationship and cover it all. Very little is not known

Sep 13, 2018 07:09 AM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

so.... WHO are you, again?

Sep 13, 2018 07:06 AM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Do you have a criminal record and what did you do? 

Sep 13, 2018 08:02 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

"So, John, what makes you different?" is the question that is rarely asked.

Sep 13, 2018 07:25 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I will usually encourage my clients sellers or buyers to think about and feel free to ask me anything.

Emphasizing that there are NO silly questions.. I think many don't ask questions for fear of looking silly.

Sep 18, 2018 04:21 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I actually prefer my clients to not be "informed" - since they are usually mis-informed thanks to the 3rd party sites and I have to "re-educate" them properly!

Sep 13, 2018 03:19 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

my experience!

Sep 13, 2018 11:44 AM
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Dick Stoner
Reist Corporation - Rockville, MD
Land Use specialist

Exoectations ! --  " Should I expect visitors right away on my listing?"  or " How many people often view a home in the first few weeks in this area" -- I find many sellers don't really think through or ask about the volume of people in the market.   Recently, in the heat and humidity of August,  I warned " I won't expect many until after Labor Day" ---  and guess what?  The second couple to view the home made a full price offer.   Still,  expectations are everything when it comes to setting the stage for a successful sale

Sep 13, 2018 10:48 AM
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

They usually don't know what to ask - so I assure them that I'll do my best to guide them and answer the questions that they never even realized that they needed to ask ...

Sep 13, 2018 09:06 AM
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Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

How much experience I have in... negotiating, dealing with short sales, 1031s etc what ever their specific needs are.

I've noticed that if a client comes from a referral, they dont ask many questions at all.

 

Sep 13, 2018 08:22 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Thomas,

They ask what they want to ask and what is important to them...In my opinion, that is what they should be asking. A

Sep 13, 2018 07:40 AM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

My husband would say, "If you ask my wife a question, she will build a Swiss Watch" ... so believe me I leave no stone unturned.  When I'm done they will have completed Real Estate 101.

Sep 13, 2018 05:50 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Thinking.... 🙄

Sep 13, 2018 02:49 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

What will you do for me at closing!

Sep 13, 2018 02:22 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

What they should ask depends upon their personal needs.

Sep 13, 2018 09:04 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I would always cover all the commonly asked questions.... we rarely had any new ones....

Sep 13, 2018 08:07 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

If they are not asking, they don't know what they don't need. It's up to me to make sure they do know.

Sep 13, 2018 07:54 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Sellers don't ask questions about safety and protection of valuables.  I go into that for them.

Buyers... all the ones I've been working with have been first timers, so there are a LOT of questions they don't know to ask, that I answer for them.

Sep 16, 2018 11:26 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I discuss everything at initial consultation 

Sep 16, 2018 05:47 AM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Shell I organize my home before the showings?

Sep 14, 2018 09:19 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

sellers don't ask to see THEIR marketing, even if they have seen examples I can't imagine not wanting to see their own.  I send it, but they never to ask if I am going to do so.

Sep 14, 2018 08:50 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Should I do an insopection.

I have to tell them to do one

Sep 14, 2018 08:00 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Am I doing the right thing?

Sep 14, 2018 05:56 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Buyers want to know how I will be paid and when. It is in the Buyer rep agreement so I go over it in detail.

Sep 14, 2018 04:44 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

From buyers, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D - about the mobile signals....

Sep 13, 2018 10:31 PM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

"Am I doing the right thing by buying/selling this property?" when somewhere along the process they "falter"?  And there is no way I can answer that for them.

Sep 13, 2018 10:31 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

This JUST happened. I have a client who I know is well-qualified to buy a luxury-priced home. They WANT to obtain a mortgage and have spoken with their financial planner. They came to ME with what they want. They had their 'numbers' in their head and were limiting their search, based on obtaining a jumbo loan, putting 20% down. 

They didn't even consider that they could obtain a jumbo loan with less than 20% down & no PMI.  

Basically, we always say that we send all lending questions to the lenders. They're face-to-face with us FAR more than the lenders. Their simple questions could come to me about different lending products. I don't know everything about them but, I do have a bullet-point knowledge that can completely change their purchase-power...and I know which lender offers the product they need!

Sep 13, 2018 06:35 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

"Is this list of 711 questions you must ask your REALTOR before you decide, provided by XXX realty worth the paper it's printed on?"

My response: "You only have five questions for which you need an answer. I will answer them and you will confirm these are the only ones that matter. Let me begin."

Sep 13, 2018 11:48 AM