Why I Won’t Show You A Duplex When You Call

Got UIf you’re thinking of buying a Minneapolis duplex now or sometime in the future, please be prepared to come in to my office, or the office of any Realtor you choose, before you go look at property.

This accomplishes several things.

First, it gives you an opportunity to plan and strategize with the agent the best course of action that suits your short and long term goals as a duplex and investment property owner.

Second, it helps you save time running around, calling numbers on “For Sale” signs and looking at property that doesn’t fit your criteria.

Finally, it’s safer – for both the agent and you.

After all, you’ve just called a complete stranger and asked them to meet you at a potentially vacant house. Neither you nor the agent know the person on the other end of the call.

In the last year, a number of Realtors have been attacked and even killed when they simply answered a call from their sign and went to show the caller the duplex or home they had listed.

And this didn’t happen in New York. Or California.

Try Iowa and Ohio.

I recently lost a prospective client simply because I asked that our first meeting be at my office, rather than at a vacant property at 9:15 at night.

He refused.

I would have loved to help him, but frankly, no paycheck is worth my life.

And no real estate deal should be worth yours.

It may seem inconvenient to meet a Realtor at his or her office before looking at a duplex you want to buy. But it will go a long way toward establishing a long term, successful and happy working relationship for both of you.