Online Realtor Dating: What To Expect From Your First Date
Interests: buying or selling real estate, Northern Virginia and/or DC
Appearance: looks nice (gosh, I hope that picture isn’t from 10 years ago)
Looking for: People who want to learn and/or find help through a real estate transaction
Preferred Method of Communication: fast track – email/text/call
This might be a match made in heaven!!!! When can we schedule our first date?
Ok, gut check. Before you jump into the car with a realtor you met online, you should take it slow. Wouldn’t want to give the wrong first impression…gosh, I digress.
I encourage people who contact me online to meet me for a cup of coffee or at my office to talk about their goals. I like to do a buyer counseling session to assess your needs/wants and educate you on the process, so that you’re always aware of the next steps in the process. If you’re thinking of selling, I like to meet in person at your property to have a look at the condition, any staging tips I can pass along, or repairs. Only after I have seen the property can we talk about price.
But what if you’re not calling me for a first date? (I understand, we all make mistakes, but maybe you don’t like brunettes?)
Anyway…what should you expect from a first meeting with someone you met online? Here are some of my tips:
1. Do they actually sound like their writing? Do they appear to know what they wrote about…there’s probably something you saw that gave you a reason to call that particular real estate agent. If they don’t remember that post, they probably didn’t write it themselves.
2. Do they live in the area they blog about? This can be hard for people who write generically about a market, but if someone is blogging about Arlington County, you’re going to want to ask them if they actually LIVE in Arlington County.
3. Ask specific questions about real estate. There are plenty of resources online that will generate a slew of questions. Ask them! The agent is supposed to be the expert – can they answer questions in a way that you understand or feel comfortable? They should be able to communicate with you in a way that makes you less nervous and anxious.
Get a general sense for the person’s style. You can generally tell if you’ll get along in the first half hour to hour of a meeting. If there’s some chemistry, give it a shot.