hhhh the overzealous buyer. Warning: your "For-Sale" sign may appear to be a welcome mat for some buyers!
Your house just hit the market and people are driving by. It looks like they are looking at the house. They are slowing down. Wow, they must love the place. Oh wow, they are getting out of the car…oh, and coming to the front door…without an appointment. Errr - now what?
Selling your home can feel invasive, no question about it. But what should you do if someone knocks on the door without an appointment? For security sake, it’s probably best you don’t let them in. Kindly direct them to the massive 2 foot by 4 foot "For Sale" sign in your front yard with our phone number on it, and we’ll ask them to make an appointment. Although your friends and family will text you before showing up on your doorstep, an overzealous buyer doesn’t have your phone number. Give them the benefit of the doubt - they may not know any better, and out of excitement, have assumed you will be just as excited to see them at your door as they are to be there.
If you tell two friends, then they'll tell two friends, and .... all of a sudden you're caught up in a para-negotiation with an overzealous buyer. They are asking for your reasons for selling, your bottom line, how soon you can be out <awkward>, or worse yet, the overzealous buyer who wants to leverage their six degrees of separation to convince you to work out some sort of sketchy side deal. UGGH - this is why you hired a real estate agent in the first place. So do like they do in the movies (or in the 1980’s shampoo commercials) and grab their contact details and have your people contact their people. The buyer, no matter how overzealous they appear, will have their own realtor if they are serious about making a home purchase. It might be nice for them to see the people behind the listing but that doesn’t mean you have to do all the leg work. That’s what we're here for!
You’re seeing cars inconspicuously (not!) driving down your street. Although you’re sure it’s an overzealous buyer behind the wheel you can’t stop someone from driving down a public street. Just like you can’t stop a person from standing on the sidewalk across from your house, trying to mind map the best places to walk their dog in your neighbourhood. In most cases, house stalkers are legit buyers just trying to decide if they want to spend their time (and yours!) booking a private showing. Although most house stalkers are completely innocent, if you suspect it’s gone too far, for example, uninvited visitors walking onto your property, you can ask them to leave or if you suspect it’s really gone too far, please call the police. Just because your home is for sale doesn’t give overzealous buyers a free admission ticket to invade your privacy.
You might not know this about homeownership but the registered owner of every property in BC is logged in a public government registry and anyone can search the registry! It used to be a free service, but for obvious reasons (think tele or internet marketers), that’s been changed to a cost per address search. But that won’t stop an overzealous buyer from dropping into the land title office, paying the fee, then searching your address online. This could be simple curiosity, or it could be a super proactive buyer checking to see if you have posted on social media pictures of a recent renovation, quick house flip, or other house-related items. Most of the time, these sorts of creepers are looking to see if the house has some interesting (or dubious) history. Simply plugging your address into Google once it’s listed won’t give an overzealous buyer much info. The first 5 pages are clogged with MLS listings but dig deeper into page 10 and it may give more details.