Tish Lloyd wrote a very good post "I don't work in that price range". It was on the feature board and got LOTS of comments. Most agents chimed in to agree that we would not forgo the cheap house buyer or even serve them any differently than we do our higher priced buyers.
Then there was comment #68. It wasn't even my post, but the tone of it really offended me. Maybe it was the "I don't believe you" and the "consumer" was talking to all of us who agreed that we don't tell clients "we don't work in that price range". Please go read the comment before you continue.
Well I call Bull you know what. I don't have a price range I don't/won't work with a client. In fact, sometimes those people who are buying that lower priced homes get a lot more work out of me than the half million dollar clients do.
These are three of my 2011 deals where I was the selling agent.
And for anyone who questions the "truth" behind these numbers, give me a jingle and I'll walk you through qpublic and show you just how you can verify these prices and closed dates in the public records in the county in which they sold. BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE A PRICE RANGE THAT I REFUSE TO WORK IN. I currently have a $14,000 listing. He gets the same treatment as my $465,000. house, same advertisement, same flyers, same reports... same same same.
The twelve thousand dollar sale... full service... you bet. She was a cash buyer (impressive for her young age) and what did I do for her to make my service full service.... Let's see I drove in the evening to meet her to show her where the attorneys' office was, oh and I spent some of my $360 commission on repairing a water line break she found the day after closing. (didn't show up on inspection- was near the meter and such a small leak at the time of inspection the dry ground did not get wet) If she called me today I would help her do anything she needed me to do that I am capable of doing.
Ah, the $52,100- HUD foreclosure. (sarcasum here- oh course that one was a piece of cake). Oh and did I mention it was not the first contract with this buyer. The first one was withdrawn after too many issues showed up upon inspection. I was on the phone and the computer for hours with that one. HUD homes present challenges, but at end of the deal my client was happy. He told me I would always be his agent and he'd always recommend me and he apologized that I didn't make enough money. Seriously. He called me last week to ask for help in "getting my house off the internet"
The $186,500- Today that buyer called him and needed a plumber and the name of someone to redo the seawall and dock. I started working with them in September of last year. I showed them lots of homes, and I will continue to be their agent and answer their questions.
So I just have to say one more time... most of us agents.. really don't have a price range we don't/won't offer our full service. And if you still don't believe me... come buy a cheap house from me and I'll prove it.
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