After I had been in real estate for a couple years, I had enjoyed some success and gained some confidence – just enough in fact, to get me into a little trouble.
I had received a call from someone in my market area that was interested in talking to me about selling their home. Love those calls! He was very nice, very chatty, and easy to connect with. They were going to interview a few people but were very interested in using us based on our local reputation. Perfect. I set the appointment with Mr. Seller and felt great about the connection.
Mr. Seller answered the door and greeted me warmly. We immediately toured the home and he was very gregarious and very enthusiastic about their home and their upcoming plans. We moved into the kitchen and I was introduced to Mrs. Seller who was pleasant, if a little quiet. We finished the tour and sat at the kitchen table. Mr. Seller was responsive to all the questions, engaged, and was openly impressed with our plan to sell their home. Even as we wrapped up, he said he would call us the following day after their next appointment so that they could get the ball rolling with us. I left feeling good – and foolishly confident.
The Listing Goes To….
As most of you have guessed, I didn’t get this listing. I’m sure you savvy folks probably know why. Mr. Talkative, Gregarious Seller really wasn’t the one making the decision here. Quiet, Pleasant Mrs. Seller had this particular bull by the horns and if I had the painful experience of having that listing presentation on tape, I suspect you would see me directing most of the eye contact, most of the responses to the questions, and my market analysis to the guy doing the talking – not to the one making the decision.
When Mr. Seller called to tell me that they had awarded the listing to another agent he said, ‘my wife just felt so comfortable with her.’ Well Duh.
Even today, when I am tempted to start yuckin’ it up with the Mr. or Mrs. that is doing the talking, I remember this listing appointment. It’s the one that is sitting there silently, that may in fact be deadly if you don’t make the connection.