You know how when you’re in real estate you can get some wacky seller phone calls sometimes?? Well I got one for you right now.
First just so you know; I have “We Buy Houses” lettering on the window in the back of my car. Plus, whenever I want some quick cash (or relatively quick) I’ll put out some “We Buy Houses” bandit signs.
Since I’m getting married in September I figured that now is a good time to have some “quick cash!” So I put out some bandit signs.
I get a call the other day. No one leaves a message. So, naturally, I call back.
A woman answers. I explain that I missed someone’s phone call and it could be someone that wants to sell their house that called.
She said “oh yeah that was me, tell me how this works.”
I proceed to tell her how everything works; mind you I don’t go into detail at all, I make it VERY simple for sellers to understand. Please much say in a nutshell that I make you an offer on your property, I do not charge any commissions or fees, can settle quickly and if you don’t like my offer, that’s ok….we’ll just part friends.
She then says to me “how much cash will you give me for my house?”
Me: “Ma’am I don’t even know where your house is so I can’t really answer that questions.”
Her: “It’s by the Walmart.” ( That was helpful, I must admit lmao)
Me: “By Walmart? What Walmart?” (You know, cuz there’s only 1 Walmart in the world….duh guys!)
Her: “It’s by the Walmart in Kennett. So how much would you give me cash for it?” (Yeah, because the houses by Walmart in Kennett don’t vary by hundreds of thousands of dollars or anything!)
Me: “Ma’am I really need to know the address of your house so I can do proper comps for the homes in the area then I have to figure out the necessary repairs needed.”
Her: “No repairs are needed at all. How much would you give me?”
Me: “Ma’am I’d really need your address so I can do comps on your house.”
Her: “Well how do you do that?”
Me: “I access the same information that Realtor’s do and public records in order to find out what homes are selling for in your area and how many days on market, etc. But I really need your address in order to do this ma’am.”
Her: “Oh nooooo. I don’t do any of this computer stuff. I’m not giving you my address for you to put in your computer and figure stuff out with. I want to meet you in person. I have to see your face, know who you are.”
Me: “Ma’am I understand that you want to meet me in person and I’ll be glad to meet you in person once I figure out what your house is worth and decide that you and I might actually be able to work together. I need your address for that so I can do comps.”
Her: “No way. I’m not giving you my address. I want to meet you in person at my house (lol) and show you my house and see you….I’m not just giving you my address!” (I was so annoyed at this lady I didn’t even think to say ummmm ok I’ll meet you at your house, give me your address! lmao)
Me: “Ma’am listen; I don’t want to waste my time or your time so that’s why I have to figure out the comps first prior to coming to your house.”
Her: “Nope, I am not giving you my address. I need to meet you in person first.”
Me: “Ma’am, I don’t think I’m going to be able to help you. I’m sorry.”
Her: “That’s fine. Bye.”
That was my entertainment for that day. It was fun, fun, fun. I love talking to crazy folk like that. Helps me be thankful that I’m not wacky first of all and then helps me be thankful for all of the “normal” sellers that I speak to lol
That’s about it. Have a great 4th of July. I’m off to get ready for a family picnic!
P.S. If you want to learn how to wholesale real estate then my buddy Steph has an awesome ebook you should pick up. Check it out here it shows you how to wholesale real estate that is owned by the banks! But trust me, I have read this awesome ebook that Steph put together and you can absolutely use tons of the stuff in that ebook when working with private sellers like I was talking to above!