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The number one reason I see for failure in buying a first home is…

Todd Clark and first time home buyers in Beaverton OregonThere are many reasons people call and tell me they want to start to look for their first home. Many reasons include that they are expecting, they are getting married, their rent is going up, prices are falling, or interest rates are low. There are many great reasons to buy a home and each person seems to have their own.

But, the one thing I find in common with the ones that end up not buying versus the ones that do buy is that the ones who buy do what it takes to purchase that home. They have a goal and that goal is home ownership. The ones that don't are always full of excuses why they don't buy. I can't go look today, my kids are sick... I can't get that paperwork to the mortgage broker, my fax machine isn't working. The excuses go on and on. When I start to hear excuses from a buyer, there is only one thing left to do. I sit them down and explain that if you really want to buy, than you need to stop making excuses or I don't see a reason to keep looking.

I've had two buyers that I actually told them this and then I told them that if they want to continue looking, then I need to be paid a retainer as I want to make sure I get paid for my time. The first ended up buying, because they realized I was right. The second realized I was right, but let the excuses win and they even told me that.

So, stop making excuses and give me a call, I would love to help you in the search for your first home.

Respect Realty LLC (Expect More)


At Respect Realty, LLC our agents believe in 100% dedication to client satisfaction.  We specialize in property and land acquisition around the Portland Metro and Vancouver, WA area. We delight in working with first time home buyers and sellers to guide them from start to finish. Our doors are always open and we are always happy to assist you with your real estate questions.


Reach out today, we look forward to talking with you!


Todd Clark and Seraina Aguayo (Owners of Respect Realty)

Respect Realty LLC (Expect More)



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Comment balloon 4 commentsRespect Realty LLC • January 22 2009 11:37AM


Absolutely right Todd. There are also those people that really shouldn't buy a home. I know that is harsh but there are those that don't need the responsibility.

Posted by Fred Chamberlin, Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant (Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA) about 10 years ago

Todd, you are so right. I will spend a lot of time with serious buyers but those who want to waste my time have to be let go.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) about 10 years ago

Todd, Good for you in asking for a retainer from these folks.  Too many real estate agents are willing to work for "free".

Posted by Stephen Parks, REALTOR® (SANDS Realty) about 10 years ago

I didn't want to be right with these fine folks, but sometimes people need to be put on the right path for them and for me.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

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