Often times home buyers are excited about purchasing a house, yet, they are also insecure. When they like an area, they explore to study that neighborhood hopefully to see someone out in the front lawn or walking and ask those persons questions.
Ironically, the neighbors you know also know you and when those neighbors are probed by strangers, somehow, neighbors are compelled to tell everything they know about their neighbors.
Two weeks ago, I worked with a middle-aged couple down from Atlanta for a few days scouting to buy a house in Fort Lauderdale. After two days exploring different locales, one house finally flirted with their eyes. Instantly I could see that my buyers felt so happy in that house. I thought for sure we were going right back to my office to write an offer but, instead, the couple said “We’ll think on it overnight”.
As it turned out, the couple went back on their own to invstigate the neighborhood where that beautiful house stood. Three houses down across from the house they saw a younger man washing his car in his driveway with his two pre-teen children playfully helping him. The young man seemed trusting. My buyers stopped, rolled down their car window and began asking questions about the neighborhood but leading toward specific questions on the house they liked.
The young man answered the questions as if he were testifying before a grand jury. That young father apparently was not happy with the neighborhood plus he gave a low-down report on a couple of annoying neighbors. Finally, he disclosed a shcoking truth about the house my buyers were inquiring about – the house has a severe leaking roof problem.
Later that evening, my buyers called me, saddened. They decided against not only buying that house but also not to buy in that neighborhood.
They drove back to Atlanta the next day with a promise they will get back with me soon…
John Bourassa, Realtor® with RE/MAX Partners servicing Fort Lauderdale Beach, Coral Ridge, The Landings, Harbour Beach, The Seven Isles, Victoria Park, Poinsettia Heights, Downtown Fort Lauderdale and Las Olas area, Wilton Manors and vicinity. Call my “Sell” phone (954) 529-5505.