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Not So Open Houses
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:20 PM
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We took friends who are here to check out TV on a Open House Tour today. We started with a pre-owned courtyard villa in Amelia. We arrived 15 minutes before the end of the open house to NO AGENT. We then moved on to the advertised open houses of new homes in Sanibel. We stopped at 3 new homes for the 1-3pm showings. NO AGENT. Are you kidding me? So I called the Sales office and asked what was up? They had no idea, but the agents were no shows at 4 homes.
We finally found a home for them to look at in Winifred, but that point, they were bored with all the driving and the hassle.
Nice going TV Sales Agents. Why bother advertising homes when there is no one there to show them? I can understand if they have been sold, but these were the models.
The wheels came off the bus today in the sales department.

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We had that happen to us while we were there with a new home in Sanibel only to find out that they did not open it because it had sold.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:56 PM
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:57 PM
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sounds like a bad hair kind of day.. and frustating...

fortunately, The Villages is better than the sales process, don't give up
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I can understand one of them being sold, but 4 out of the 5 houses had no sales agent.
Honestly, I could care less, personally, but our friends were only here for a two day whirlwind. I didn't leave a positive impression on them.. We were stunned.. dumbfounded.
We told them that this alone is a good reason to use an MLS agent for any purchase of a pre-owned home in the future...
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:12 PM
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We found even if they were sold (big letters in the window) the house was still being shown. Hope their manager gets the message that no one was there.
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I can understand one of them being sold, but 4 out of the 5 houses had no sales agent.
Honestly, I could care less, personally, but our friends were only here for a two day whirlwind. I didn't leave a positive impression on them.. We were stunned.. dumbfounded.
We told them that this alone is a good reason to use an MLS agent for any purchase of a pre-owned home in the future...
Has happened to us several times as well. It is really irritating, especially when they don't even post a sign that says it is cancelled.

We went to one open house of an MLS listing by realtor Paul Carraway. He was there and had the house open, even though he had gotten a contract on it that morning. He said feel free to look around but it sold this morning: Since it was advertised I went ahead and opened it. Now THAT is a class act IMHO. If I wasn't already working with an MLS agent, I would have immediately retained Paul.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:23 PM
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.......We went to one open house of an MLS listing by realtor Paul Carraway. He was there and had the house open, even though he had gotten a contract on it that morning. He said feel free to look around but it sold this morning: Since it was advertised I went ahead and opened it. Now THAT is a class act IMHO. If I wasn't already working with an MLS agent, I would have immediately retained Paul.
He's a smart salesperson too, Ed. Holding the open house anyway......good way for him to make additional contacts with potential buyers for other properties.

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We took friends who are here to check out TV on a Open House Tour today. We started with a pre-owned courtyard villa in Amelia. We arrived 15 minutes before the end of the open house to NO AGENT. We then moved on to the advertised open houses of new homes in Sanibel. We stopped at 3 new homes for the 1-3pm showings. NO AGENT. Are you kidding me? So I called the Sales office and asked what was up? They had no idea, but the agents were no shows at 4 homes.
We finally found a home for them to look at in Winifred, but that point, they were bored with all the driving and the hassle.
Nice going TV Sales Agents. Why bother advertising homes when there is no one there to show them? I can understand if they have been sold, but these were the models.
The wheels came off the bus today in the sales department.
In the new homes,if there were a couple of guys or gals standing in the kitchen talking to each other....dressed casually...they could have been the agents. Don't expect to get a "pitch" from them, at least I have toured a lot of new homes here over the past four years and NO one tried to sell me one. They will answer questions but not tour the house with you. I can't believe there was no one official there. But I have been wrong before.
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In the new homes,if there were a couple of guys or gals standing in the kitchen talking to each other....dressed casually...they could have been the agents. Don't expect to get a "pitch" from them, at least I have toured a lot of new homes here over the past four years and NO one tried to sell me one. They will answer questions but not tour the house with you. I can't believe there was no one official there. But I have been wrong before.
What I was saying, and I beleive the OP was saying, is that the homes were not open. Doors locked, no one there, and no sign saying the open house was cancelled. Very infuriating when you drive around several miles and see nothing.
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