showing our property this week

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 ok, I know I'm not supposed to get too excited... (insert the screaming, jumping up and down icon, here). We are showing our B&B this week to a lady coming from across the country 'just to see it as a possibility for her'! She wants to be closer to family who live about 30 miles away! 

I have invited her and the Realtor to join us for breakfast so she can get a feel for what breakfast is like (yep... wine and dine them--- butter her up.... and all that stuff)!! 

I am praying she is the one! 

We also are showing my son's house (which we manage because he lives out of state) tonight! 

For all those who pray... Please pray we sell BOTH properties, to THESE buyers (not related, just both coming this week)!

Thank you so much!

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Shouldn't the Realtor have done some sort of screening before setting this visit up to determine that the visitor is indeed a qualified buyer and not just a tire-kicker?

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Harborfields wrote:

Shouldn't the Realtor have done some sort of screening before setting this visit up to determine that the visitor is indeed a qualified buyer and not just a tire-kicker?

They aren't screening anyone right now.

Things have changed.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Harborfields wrote:

Shouldn't the Realtor have done some sort of screening before setting this visit up to determine that the visitor is indeed a qualified buyer and not just a tire-kicker?

They aren't screening anyone right now.

Things have changed.

There's some crappy unprofessional business practices right there. What's the point of showing a property to someone who can't qualify to buy it? There is no fairy dust that will suddenly turn everything around just because everyone really, really wants it to happen. No agent should be interrupting your business based on some buyer's whim. Those buyers want to buy my business? They'd better be acting like businesspeople, and their agent better be a good enough businessperson to make sure they do. 

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IronGate wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

Harborfields wrote:

Shouldn't the Realtor have done some sort of screening before setting this visit up to determine that the visitor is indeed a qualified buyer and not just a tire-kicker?

They aren't screening anyone right now.

Things have changed.

There's some crappy unprofessional business practices right there. What's the point of showing a property to someone who can't qualify to buy it? There is no fairy dust that will suddenly turn everything around just because everyone really, really wants it to happen. No agent should be interrupting your business based on some buyer's whim. Those buyers want to buy my business? They'd better be acting like businesspeople, and their agent better be a good enough businessperson to make sure they do. 

YEP.

I hear you loud and clear.

What you mention is not out there right now, unfortunately. People do not have this sense any more.

I got a call today for a meeting for a new committee formed for our town on a CVB, the first time EVER they have considered our town being a part of it, weird weird weird.  He called and said it is tomorrow at 9am and really wants me to be there.

9am. Yeah.  Then he said, when I told him I am a Bee and BEEEEEE and no can do a 9am meeting and he said, well maybe one of these meetings in the next couple months we can have THERE so you can be there.

Again, Bee and BEEEEEE this means 9am I am serving guests here. DOH!  Yeah let's have it simultaneously.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

IronGate wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

Harborfields wrote:

Shouldn't the Realtor have done some sort of screening before setting this visit up to determine that the visitor is indeed a qualified buyer and not just a tire-kicker?

They aren't screening anyone right now.

Things have changed.

There's some crappy unprofessional business practices right there. What's the point of showing a property to someone who can't qualify to buy it? There is no fairy dust that will suddenly turn everything around just because everyone really, really wants it to happen. No agent should be interrupting your business based on some buyer's whim. Those buyers want to buy my business? They'd better be acting like businesspeople, and their agent better be a good enough businessperson to make sure they do. 

YEP.

I hear you loud and clear.

What you mention is not out there right now, unfortunately. People do not have this sense any more.

I got a call today for a meeting for a new committee formed for our town on a CVB, the first time EVER they have considered our town being a part of it, weird weird weird.  He called and said it is tomorrow at 9am and really wants me to be there.

9am. Yeah.  Then he said, when I told him I am a Bee and BEEEEEE and no can do a 9am meeting and he said, well maybe one of these meetings in the next couple months we can have THERE so you can be there.

Again, Bee and BEEEEEE this means 9am I am serving guests here. DOH!  Yeah let's have it simultaneously.

But of course you don't do anything but walk around and smile.  And you are also open to the public for breakfast!!!   

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IronGate wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

Harborfields wrote:

Shouldn't the Realtor have done some sort of screening before setting this visit up to determine that the visitor is indeed a qualified buyer and not just a tire-kicker?

They aren't screening anyone right now.

Things have changed.

There's some crappy unprofessional business practices right there. What's the point of showing a property to someone who can't qualify to buy it? There is no fairy dust that will suddenly turn everything around just because everyone really, really wants it to happen. No agent should be interrupting your business based on some buyer's whim. Those buyers want to buy my business? They'd better be acting like businesspeople, and their agent better be a good enough businessperson to make sure they do. 

And I don't want just any Tom, Dick or Harriet roaming through my place and into my financials without being pre-screened. 

About 5 years ago someone called, booked a room and said they were interested in purchasing.  We were not (and are not) officially for sale - but for a price wink  I was out of town but DH showed the person all guest areas only.  She had not provided any proof of being a valid buyer so that was the extent.  DH did not share any financials.  She called back twice, then had a Realtor contact us and gave us an offer.  We laughed and told the Realtor to move on.  Six months later Realtor calls again stating the lady was still interested and I said prove it.  Realtor then said if we did not sell to her, she would be our competitor as she was looking at a start up.  I said I love competition!  I'm still waiting!

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I would be firm about the financials (totally agree with you joe) otherwise its getting your hopes up and waisting your time as well

Plus there are way too many con people scoping places out for a do-over later

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Hopefully realtor did but..if not not a B&B one, maybe not???

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EmptyNest wrote:

Hopefully realtor did but..if not not a B&B one, maybe not???

ALL REALTORS should be pre-qualifying ALL buyers. Unfortunately, it doesn't always happen, and that level of poor service and lack of professionalism speaks poorly about all agents.  It leads to many a heartache -- for everyone concerned.

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Harborfields wrote:

Shouldn't the Realtor have done some sort of screening before setting this visit up to determine that the visitor is indeed a qualified buyer and not just a tire-kicker?

Yes.

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Oh, best of luck!!! I'm sending lots of prayers your way.

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 OK, She is coming Thursday morning and joining us for Breakfast!

She did tell the Realtor that she has always wanted to own a Bed & Breakfast! So... we will see. 

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My guests from the weekend said they had wanted to do a B & B - until they realized how much work it was. They said they interned at an inn for a summer. Now they are driving around in a Mi ata convertible with their bicycles on the back.

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Play it cool!!!! Don't divulge too much. And DON't SEEM TOO ANXIOUS!

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EmptyNest wrote:

Play it cool!!!! Don't divulge too much. And DON't SEEM TOO ANXIOUS!

I will be delightful, and charming, and ME! I will try Hard to be calm and not anxious. I don't know anything about her, and she may not even be in a position to purchase a B&B... who knows....

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Sunshine wrote:

 OK, She is coming Thursday morning and joining us for Breakfast!

She did tell the Realtor that she has always wanted to own a Bed & Breakfast! So... we will see. 

Don't make the breakfast so great she says to herself, I could never do it this well!

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Sunshine wrote:

 OK, She is coming Thursday morning and joining us for Breakfast!

She did tell the Realtor that she has always wanted to own a Bed & Breakfast! So... we will see. 

Don't make the breakfast so great she says to herself, I could never do it this well!

You could tell her you will give her the recipe/recipes if she buys the place!

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Yes, I plan to tell her that if she buys the place, I throw in a copy of my cookbook with all the recipes for the breakfasts I make. 

As far as not making breakfast so great... I will have other 'real' guests here too so I do have to do a nice breakfast... I could tell her that I'll tell her all my secrets to make breakfast easily, but look amazing.... 

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Don't even go there yet. This lady may not have any financing or a clue about what it takes to run a B & B. Let her have breakfast, enjoy the place and look it over. Don't push things at her unless she asks. When we stayed here for a first visit, we just wanted to see the place. Didn't even ask that many questions and the owners did not try and "sell" the place to us.  Then because we were interested we came back and stayed again..that is the time to ask questions. Don't tell any financials unless this person has actually proven she might be able to buy something.

I know you are so anxious...but please don't go too far.

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EmptyNest wrote:

Don't even go there yet. This lady may not have any financing or a clue about what it takes to run a B & B. Let her have breakfast, enjoy the place and look it over. Don't push things at her unless she asks. When we stayed here for a first visit, we just wanted to see the place. Didn't even ask that many questions and the owners did not try and "sell" the place to us.  Then because we were interested we came back and stayed again..that is the time to ask questions. Don't tell any financials unless this person has actually proven she might be able to buy something.

I know you are so anxious...but please don't go too far.

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EmptyNest wrote:

Don't even go there yet. This lady may not have any financing or a clue about what it takes to run a B & B. Let her have breakfast, enjoy the place and look it over. Don't push things at her unless she asks. When we stayed here for a first visit, we just wanted to see the place. Didn't even ask that many questions and the owners did not try and "sell" the place to us.  Then because we were interested we came back and stayed again..that is the time to ask questions. Don't tell any financials unless this person has actually proven she might be able to buy something.

I know you are so anxious...but please don't go too far.

Very wise words.  Let the Realtor handle this one for the most part.  You just show her the place.  The Realtor can feel her out to see if she is financially prepared, otherwise she is just dreaming or being nosy!   

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 Yes, all good advice. I do plan to be conservative  with info and only tell what she asks.

 I know JB and many others can relate to the feelings of hope that this is "THE" one... 

 I know all things will work out for the good, as I wait and put my trust in the One who holds my life. 

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Amem, Sistah!!

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All good thoughts for you.

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You got it!!!

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