Hannah Williams,  Expertise  NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376 (HomeStarr Realty)

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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Yes. I have done this. And I've sold houses this way. That first meeting gives me and the buyers a chance to get to know each other, and for me to give them some education on the buying process. I tell them the first step is to talk with a lender, and they get it. 

I had one couple I did this with,and now I'm friends with. They knew they had some credit issues. I told them a lender could tell them how to get those fixed, and than on track to buy a house. I sold them a house less than 6 months later. 

Oct 15, 2016 04:07 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It depends if I know them or not and if they are a referral. I may do it once but after that I want a lender involved.

Oct 15, 2016 05:07 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

The only time I have made the exception is when the buyer was a cash buyer, or was a current homeowner who was going to be selling their home and purchasing at the same time. 

Oct 15, 2016 06:28 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

As others have commented it depends, depends on whether it's my listing, whether I know them or the referring party, etc.  

Maybe they are paying cash.  Perfect.

Oct 15, 2016 12:02 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Never, unless they are paying cash.

It is mind boggling what bad information is out there:

Most buyers think that they will buy more house than their budget allows; many think that their other debt will not be considered in qualifying; and foreign nationals think that getting a loan will be easy. Some are on Disney vacations and just dreaming of owning a home here.

Many home buyers pick a number(purchase price) out of thin air based on a "pretty" house they saw an ad for and do not realize the costs of acquisition, the cost of upkeep or what the monthy payments will be.

I do not show company listings because exclusive buyers agents work only for companies that do not list property and have no company listings.  As such, I cannot spin my wheels and burn my gas and hope that the person in the back seat is qualified to buy. 

Besides, I think that part of being a professional is having minimum requirements.  Even a doctors office will ask you about your insurance before they give you an appointment.



Oct 15, 2016 06:22 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes, but I interview along the way to determine if they are serious, and if I even want to continue working with them. I can usually figure that out with one showing.

Oct 15, 2016 05:06 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


Cash Buyers.


Oct 15, 2016 04:35 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Occasionally if it's a first meeting and I want to establish a relationship.

Oct 15, 2016 04:21 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

The first time around if I don't know them. Spending some time with them is great for asking questions and seeing what they are looking for. But if I don't have a clear idea where their money is coming from when they want to pay cash, or they don't get in touch with lender to get pre-qualified, then I slow down with them. I tell them we can't make an offer without the pre-qual or proof of funds.

Oct 15, 2016 04:11 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Yes, I will! This is a face to face business, and if they end up being people I want to work with, I have made the acquaintance. We know know each other!

Oct 15, 2016 02:16 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Yes, because I learn about their needs and motivation on the fly.  They appreciate having their needs taken care of without having to jump through hoopes.

Oct 15, 2016 12:13 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Hannah Williams Depends on the situation - if they were referred, have sold a home, etc.  However, I will refer them to several lenders.  The serious ones will make the call; the others will not.  In that case, nothing lost.

Oct 15, 2016 10:09 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Yes, no one has asked us when we went looking.  A

Oct 15, 2016 09:48 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I might depending on the situation but it hasn't happened for quite some time.

Oct 15, 2016 09:23 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Hannah - We'll do it the first time, and expect them to get busy on their loan immediately afterward. We have had few problems with this over the years.

Oct 15, 2016 08:08 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Yes, I would and have Hannah Williams.  Alot of the buyers in our niche are paying cash, because they've just sold a home, just sold land, or have the funds for that second home.  Only a few have financed, though none were ever contingent on the sale of another home.

Oct 15, 2016 07:18 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No unless I have been recommended by someone of trust, and even then I would get them to go online for an app.

Oct 15, 2016 06:05 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

First showing I do not ask. Second needs some assurance he/she has spoken to my loan man or have a local lender preapprove.  

Oct 15, 2016 04:16 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Rarely.  Getting pre-approved makes sense for all involved.  It sucks for people to get excited about a home they may not be able to afford.

Oct 15, 2016 04:12 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Yes, I have done so but it depends - I won't show them a lot but I will show a few and then send them on their way to get the approval

Usually I do this for out of area customers and I have a good feeling about them - doesn't always pan out but does sometimes

Oct 15, 2016 11:56 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends.

As Debbie Laity answered that first meeting involves asking questions, listening, checking expectations and to decide if both parties want to work with each other.   

Oct 15, 2016 11:06 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sure... I usually know quite a bit about anyone I take out to look  at property so am usually not concerned. Have never had a situation where I took someone out to look and then they couldn't qualify.

Oct 15, 2016 07:07 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Hannah Williams - I have done it with few buyers, knowing that they are referred to me and perhaps can buy much more expensive homes than what we are looking at.

Oct 15, 2016 04:36 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 It depends if I know them or not are they are a referral from a close friend or past client ..

Oct 15, 2016 03:52 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

5 out of 6 people enjoy Russian Roulette!

NO!!! Never, No Way Jose!

Pre-approve, or (all cash) proof of funds or hit the road Jack!

There are some goof-ball agents that will say "yes" because they get away with it here & there, but a blind squirrel finds a nut ever once in a while too. 

I value my time too much to risk it.

Oct 15, 2016 03:28 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

If I knew them I would - otherwise no. 

Oct 15, 2016 01:04 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Not more than once.

Oct 15, 2016 06:55 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Not unless I am very confident that they have the funds!

Oct 15, 2016 04:44 AM
Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

If I were a Realtor, and IF I knew the buyer, I might, once.  But I would discourage spending time looking and encourage them to get pre-qualified as a first step.  It doesn't seem smart to shop without knowing whether I belong in Sears or Holt Renfrew (it's a very posh store in Toronto).

Oct 15, 2016 04:16 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

No, and neither will prequalifying, only a verifiable preapproval will get them to the door. It's a process and to progress you need to know what you can afford. 

Oct 15, 2016 04:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Only one time 

Oct 18, 2016 02:42 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

My answer would be no, but some past clients that I KNOW can buy, I would show, but that is when they find a home quickly and not pre-approved.

Oct 17, 2016 05:36 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Not if they give no effort in calling at least one of our trusted lenders and discussing their options.

Oct 16, 2016 10:11 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I have, with friends who were thinking about moving.  It is not a general practice I do since if they find something they won't be ready to jump on it.

Oct 16, 2016 02:23 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Nope. Unless they are cash buyers and have signed a buyer's agreement.

Oct 16, 2016 11:34 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

It all depends on circumstances and those only get someone past the first few showings without one.  Mark

Oct 16, 2016 08:58 AM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

I think if I was a realtor I would not there are always exceptions, the saying is time is money and I do not like to waste either!

Oct 16, 2016 08:44 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I talk to them on the phone first, and may give one free ride depending on the conversation so we both can get to know each other better. Then we can decide whether we would like to continue working with each other or not.   

Oct 16, 2016 04:41 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes I do.

Why? The papers needed to accompany a purchase offer are easily obtained.

#2. Buyers often find the price bracket they select does not contain the house they will buy, requiring a bump up in the search criteria.

#3. The 'compensation' conversation occurs when we finally put the seal of approval on the price and locations, which will include 'readiness' when 'the' house emerges. Readiness includes having the proof of financial ability.

Oct 16, 2016 04:27 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Absolutely. NOT.  My time is too precious and valuable.  

Oct 16, 2016 03:08 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hannah Williams No, but I did it in the beginning.

Oct 16, 2016 02:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I have often pre-qualified prospects myself. You need to ask the right questions and to know the requirements.

Oct 16, 2016 01:53 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premiere Plus Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

Yes, I have done that occasionally, but I prefer to get them pre-qualified first.

Oct 16, 2016 01:00 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Oct 15, 2016 11:58 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Hannah Williams No, I want to know what my clients are qualified for when making a purchase.

Oct 15, 2016 11:20 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Sometimes yes, but prefer pre-qualified buyers!

Oct 15, 2016 10:57 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have done so on the first visit only and if it is close by. 

Oct 15, 2016 09:32 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

Yes, one time. Then, if they stall on it, I question their intentions!

Oct 15, 2016 09:11 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sometimes you can do a limited prequaification yourself to determine if they are someone who should be buying or if the are merely dreamers.

But until you have a number that they can afford your time is likely to be wasted.

Oct 15, 2016 02:52 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes, I will one time.  Then they call my banker or theirs and have the banker call me.  WE don't go out until they are then pre-qualed.

Gives me a chanc to form them the way I would like them to be.

Oct 15, 2016 01:55 PM
Toronto, ON

It depends on the situation and if they fall into my situations covered by my business rules.

Oct 15, 2016 01:43 PM