Categories: Hoboken Condos
I received some troubling feedback on a showing of one of my listings the other day. It said, “We didn’t make it because of the hurdles needed to get the keys.”
Alarmed by what I read, thinking the keys may have been lost or the electronic fob needed to open the building door not functioning, I immediately called the agent to ask what had happened.
Now mind you, this is a million dollar property. Even a brand new agent with the most stingy split stands to earn at least $12,362.50 (by my calculations) if they sell this property. According to the MLS, this particular agent has never sold or rented a property in all of Hudson County. You’d think she would be a bit hungry for some business. The agent’s response left me speechless.
“I had to go to the office to get the keys.”
My office is exactly 3 blocks from the property. 3 short blocks. And it wasn’t even raining. When agents receive confirmation for a requested appointment, they are told the key is in the office.
Yes, sometimes to show properties in Hoboken, you need to pick keys up at the brokerage office. That is your job. If that is too big a hurdle for you, and you are too lazy to pick up a key to show a million dollar property, you need to find another job.
In law school, I learned a phrase – Caveat Emptor. It means “Buyer Beware”. Buyer Beware has taken on a whole new meaning here. If your agent can’t be bothered to pick up the keys to show you a property, what else won’t she be willing to do for you?