Even with all the technology, we have old school for sale signs still make the phone ring. People see my signs and they call and it isn’t always because they want more information about the house.
Sometimes people who are looking for the sellers call. They have all sorts of stories. One caller said he was from the census bureau but he had no way to back up his story. He figured he would just give me a call and I would put him in touch with my clients. He wanted to know if the sellers had moved and I didn’t answer that question either.
The callers ask for email addresses of the sellers and phone numbers and where they work and if they have moved and more. I would never tell anyone who calls anything about my clients. I have heard some pretty compelling stories from long-lost relatives but wasn’t tempted to blab.
I have on occasion passed the information along to sellers but in most cases when I ask the caller for his or her contact information they won’t give it. Sometimes callers want to know something about the neighbors and occasionally I get calls from law enforcement.
The sign with the phone number on it is there for two reasons, one is to let people know that the home is for sale and the other is to provide information (found in the brochure box) and a number that people can call if they have a question about the home or would like to see it. I can not give out information about the owners of the home.
Some of the calls I get are kind of interesting, with questions that really get me thinking. Phone calls are fine, that is why we put phone numbers on the signs. Just don’t expect answers if the question is about the homeowner or some complicated real estate question with details you don’t want to share. . . you know like when you are asking for a friend and can not give an address or any other details.