Tammy Lankford,, Broker  GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

can't fix stupid!!

Nov 18, 2019 01:41 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sometimes the answer is quite clear.  It's often obvious to us but quite oblivious to them.   The ability to "move on" is a good one.

Nov 18, 2019 01:37 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Barbara Todaro said it first.  I second that. 

We never really know.  Maybe, just maybe, the clients wanted to see it thinking it may work out for them.  


Nov 18, 2019 02:01 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Sometimes a buyer sees a price and wants to see a specific home, regardless of what the agent might think or say.  I had a client many years ago who kept calling me asking to see this home or that home. I told them I would show them but they wouldn't want it because _______________ (fill in the blank)    I was always right.  When the right home came on the market I called them right away and they bought it. 

Nov 18, 2019 01:47 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I also shake my head upon receiving feedback. There was an agent on one of the FB groups the other day who said that she was confusing all the listings that she was showing buyers. The buyer told her that they had already saw this property. Her question was how does everyone keep track?

Answer came back was "I think it's a skills issue here". That seems like a great answer here as well.

Nov 18, 2019 01:42 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

WT everlovin' F!!!

Wonder if the reason that home was on the list was, buyers' budget = smaller than their size requirements?

Nov 18, 2019 01:51 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

It seems lately agents don't "read" MLS. 

Nov 18, 2019 05:27 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

I had a two-story townhome listing, which clearly relayed that feature in the photos. Agents would show it and then say their clients were looking for single level living...so, yes, the answer is YES, I have Tammy!

Nov 18, 2019 02:56 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential


On the one hand, absolutely yes!!!

On the other and, I’ve had clients ask to see properties that didn’t seem at all to be a fit and in a few cases they bought them.

I think feedback should be kind and constructive so whatever the case I try to comment on the good points.

Nov 18, 2019 02:03 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It's a good question Tammy Lankford, but no, I have not. I've shown homes that obviously were not a good fit because the Buyers wanted to see if they could add on to the home or finish the basement or maybe even turn the attached garage into living space. You just never know.

Nov 18, 2019 01:43 PM
Jerry Thomas-Construction Loans
Cranbrook Loans - Farmington Hills, MI
Construction Loans in MI, OH, PA, VA, GA and FL.

I get it Tammy but sometimes it's the buyer. I've certianly had more than one "come to Jesus" discussion with buyers about just what kind of home they want. With the follow up question of "Why are we looking at this home then?".

Nov 18, 2019 01:31 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Buyers don't value our time.  I really dislike it when clients stay in a house for over a half hour and then tell me they knew the house wasn't for them as soon as they walked into it.

Nov 18, 2019 11:16 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH my gosh and you even provide a professional floorplan and do a walk-through virtual tour and they'll come back and say, "Clients didn't like the layout." 

It's obvious that the agent didn't listen OR he/she simply didn't ask the right questions!

Nov 18, 2019 08:28 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sometimes people think that there may be a bonus room that they can make into or use for another bedroom.

The agents that I dont understand are those who spend time showing homes to unqualified shoppers.

Nov 18, 2019 05:38 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

So common.  Unrealistic expectations. Your response was spot-on. You can't change the deets so why go look at it? Probably in their price range.

Nov 18, 2019 04:58 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

More than once. 

Nov 18, 2019 02:02 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yep! Here in Florida, the most often BS feedback is "My buyer does not want a pool." Here in Florida, outdoor living space, which includes the pool are always HEADLINE features. 

It really puts in perspective that it really doesn't take much to be a real estate agent who profess to be FULL SERVICE.  I guess it is more difficult than I thought to do Amazon deliveries and curate a proper home showing list.

ADDED two hours later:
I have shown buyers property that did not meet their criteria but did meet their price point. Maybe we all have in a short inventory situation. But, I would not provide feedback to the listing agent suggesting I choose a mismatch. My feedback would simply be. "Was not good fit for buyer."  Nothing more. If the agent is a dog on a bone for feedback, I would offer "Not enough sunshine on that day." Both equally actionable. 

Nov 18, 2019 01:36 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh for sure.... I loved the feedback I got from one agent saying her client was downsizing so a 4,000+ square foot home on an acre was too much upkeep. It's not like MLS doesn't provide all this information up front! Or they need a master down and show a home with all bedrooms up.

Nov 19, 2019 04:41 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Happens all too often but I frequently find out that agents didn't articulate the "story behind the showing".  And while we really don't have to hear it, sometimes it's nice so that the take home message isn't that we're stupid for showing it.  For example, some people might insist it could work and their agent had to "teach them" what 1200 sq ft feels like.  Maybe the location was perfect and their relative is a contractor & they just had to brainstorm.   Who knows and honestly, who cares.  Listing agents have to prepare sellers for these type of situations.  Don't sweat the small stuff.

Nov 19, 2019 04:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

One does have to wonder sometimes why an agent showed a home, or why the buyer wanted to see it, when you get certain feedback. But perhaps they needed to see it for real in hopes it could work. What I find puzzling is the feedback I have occasionally gotten that the buyers do not want to spend that much.

Nov 18, 2019 08:42 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Yeah, a lot of times.

Before showing I always call the agents and talk a little bit..

It works to avoid some showings. Sale or Rent.

Nov 18, 2019 06:36 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

The process of buying a home is a learning curve for first time buyers. Some may not grasp the significance of sq. ft. in a listing display until they see it for themselves.


I have a condo listed in a very desirable school attendance area. It is only two bedrooms and, yet, I have had several families with more than one child look at it before dismissing it as too small. Did they really think that place was a good fit for dad, mom, sister and brother children without coming to see it?

Nov 18, 2019 04:26 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes, I've often wondered that myself.  Or when they show them a home 50k over their price limit.  What, are they suddenly "The Property Brothers" showing them the dream house to get their expectations lowered?

Nov 18, 2019 03:53 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Basic questions like numbers of bedrooms, baths and size of the home will make sure only those properties which work for the buyers are shown.  A waste of time for everyone.

Nov 18, 2019 03:33 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

To the comment by Barbara Todaro, I second! 

Nov 18, 2019 03:07 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I am right there with you. 

"It was a 3 bedroom, 1,200 square foot home when you MADE the appointment."

Nov 18, 2019 03:06 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have learned over many year in business real estate and other wise, that people work in mysterious ways, and it is not worth the effort to ask...LOL A

Nov 18, 2019 01:56 PM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

Not really, If they want to show, I oblige.

Nov 18, 2019 01:45 PM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Buyers try to run the show with z as their guide. Showing them a property they insist might work against your advice helps confirm your abilities over z. Not so dumb, sometimes.

Nov 19, 2019 04:53 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Did they even look at the details? Yes, I've asked my question too. 

Nov 19, 2019 04:42 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not really. Move on.

Nov 18, 2019 07:20 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

LOL this kind of stuff doesn't surpise me one bit. Sometimes you just can't fix stupid!  I had a gal show one of our higher end homes and she came back with - way overpriced for my clients.  Really ?  ( knew it was very close to what turned out to be sales price) Why I asked?  She respoinds they can only afford 600K. Then why are you showing them homes close to 850K?  No answer!

Nov 19, 2019 02:05 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Exactly! Waste of everybody's time!

Nov 19, 2019 11:45 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

I have thought it may times.  

Nov 19, 2019 09:59 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Why do you assume that kids all need their own bedroom?

You would be amazed at how many people live in small homes or their kids have to share bedrooms...

I think a sarcastic response is not the way to go.  "Thank you" would have been more appropriate.


Nov 18, 2019 01:37 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I never worry about that, but my sellers often do.  I feel that the more eyes on a listing the better, perhaps they have a friend that the home would be perfect for and since they have already seen it, they can tell them about it.  I have buyers that will look at something outside their mandatory criteria because from the pictures, it looks like it could actually work.  I recall a time that I was out showing homes and across the street, there was a home for sale that didn't make the list.  The owner was outside, so we asked if we could see and they ended up buying the home, even though it didn't fit their mandatory criteria, haha.

Nov 20, 2019 11:46 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Many, many times. 

Nov 19, 2019 03:25 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD


Nov 19, 2019 08:46 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

I often have buyers that want to see a property even if I told them I thought it would be a poor fit. Sometimes it's best to just set the appointment and let them come to the same conclusion. It's a win-win for the buyer's agent, but obviously a poor use of time for the seller's agent For the buyer's agent- you gain trust and at the same time made the buyer eliminate buyer's remorse because they truly understood the market by the time they sign the contract. 

May 31, 2021 08:54 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Absolutely, especially when they say --- wanted 4 bedrooms on one floor, and CLEARLY it is not listed that way in the MLS.   GEEZ!

Nov 30, 2019 09:28 AM