William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.  (WHISPERING PINES REALTY)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Oh, absolutely not!

I would have totally guessed wrong on both ends if I made a judgement call before talking to numerous clients and seeing their pre-approvals.

Oct 07, 2018 06:02 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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Loan pre-approval,  proof of funds--good starting points.

Oct 07, 2018 06:23 PM
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Alan May
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the way someone looks, or dresses, don't have any bearing on whether they can afford a home or not.

Oct 07, 2018 06:17 PM
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Peter Testa
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I don't judge. In fact, in my 1st year in business I was working floor time & a dishevelled man came in the door inquiring about purchasing a Mobile Home. He was a mess- dirty pants, long unwashed hair & I'll admit I did think to myself "Oh great" but I took him out looking at a few MH's & after that he told me he had a property he needed to sell. It turned out he was having health problems & was divorcing late in life. He had a pretty expensive property to sell. I sold his home for more than 10 X the price of the property he asked to see. 

Oct 07, 2018 08:13 PM
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Susie Kay
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Everyone alike.  There's a saying do not judge a book by its cover.

Oct 07, 2018 05:46 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
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I make no presumptions and always treat everyone the same way. The only way to know what someone can afford is via their pre-approval letter or POF.

Oct 07, 2018 08:51 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
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You never know. 

The way they dress does not mean anything. 

Oct 08, 2018 06:05 AM
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Kevin J. May
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Only a preapproval and / or a proof of funds will limit their scope. I have no concern with appearance.  I have learned through the years that it measures nothing.

Oct 07, 2018 05:52 PM
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Valeria Mola
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:) Treat everyone with respect. No matter how they are dressed

Oct 08, 2018 05:19 AM
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James Dray
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I treat everyone alike.  This reminds me of Sam Walton, if you didn't know him, the way he dressed did not disclose what he could afford, which was anything he wanted.  

Oct 08, 2018 03:19 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
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    I know a guy who dresses "classic redneck".  He can write a check for any piece of property he wants.   I know another guy who wears tailored suits and looks like a million bucks.  He once asked me to loan him rent money.

Oct 07, 2018 11:14 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
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My market in Phoenix Scottsdale is very relaxed because of the nature of Arizona. So making such a judgement would be a big mistake 

Oct 07, 2018 10:16 PM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Absolutely NOT, I had a scruffy young kid come into my office years ago and turned out he was a Hedge Fund Manager and paid cash for a $1.3 million home....  my first lease ever in Boston, the guy walked into the office patched Jacket scuffed shoes and there was a Fund that had his name on it.... so NOT at all... as my father said every Dollar is a Dollar, Endre

Oct 07, 2018 09:34 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
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I treat every client like they are my most important client because they are!

Oct 07, 2018 09:01 PM
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Bob Crane
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Best to let a few lenders decide this.

Oct 07, 2018 07:15 PM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
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It does not matter how they dress.  If an agent is bringing a buyer, I would hope they have prequalified the person.  As well, I won't take people out until I know they have a lender who has confirmed they have credit worthiness.

Oct 07, 2018 06:40 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Nope. As a Christian I can tell you it's one of those biblical lessons most of us learn early. There are several examples in there of judging by appearance.

Oct 08, 2018 06:13 AM
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Jon K. Judd
Keller Williams Realty - Central Delaware - Dover, DE
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Everyone gets treated the same...

Oct 07, 2018 07:59 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
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What Alan May and Kevin J. May and Debe Maxwell, CRS said. -Kasey

Oct 07, 2018 06:50 PM
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Roy Kelley
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Treat everybody the same. Have them talk with a trusted local mortgage loan officer.

Oct 07, 2018 06:15 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
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Everyone gets the same treatment. 

Oct 08, 2018 05:53 AM
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Richard Weeks
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If you don't treat people equally how can you be in complaince with fair housing laws.  We don't provide different level of service.

Oct 08, 2018 05:24 AM
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Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
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Are you certain you want to ask this question.  Treat everyone alike.  Certainly. 

Oct 07, 2018 07:18 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Absolutely NOT. Here in L.A. everyone is wearing jeans with holes, tshorts and sneakers or flip-flops. If they are dressed up, it is clear they are likely not locals. 

Oct 07, 2018 09:57 PM
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Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
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I biggest client almost looks homeless. He just doesn't care and will never put on a suit again. On Maui you just never know who your dealing with so dress is out the window. Then again there are the high rollers not hard to guess.

Oct 08, 2018 12:36 PM
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Kat Palmiotti
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The only way to know if someone can afford a home is by seeing a pre-approval or proof of funds. There is no way to know if someone can afford something by looking at them.

Oct 08, 2018 06:25 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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They either qualify or they don't.

Oct 08, 2018 04:44 AM
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Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
E*Rae Realty - Austin, TX
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I do not judge based on appearances.  I also do not treat everyone alike.  I mirror and match my clients speaking style and I do treat everyone how I would want to be treated.  

Oct 08, 2018 08:16 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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All alike in our book, since when we shop for anything, we always dress down

Oct 08, 2018 08:03 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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William,

Never. Yes!. 

Oct 08, 2018 07:45 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
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I have a true life story I should blog about which notes how important it is to treat everyone the same.

Oct 08, 2018 07:36 AM
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Barbara Todaro
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treat everyone alike.... no matter how they dress.... I've had borderline "deadbeats" who dress beautifully.... and millionaires who wear old jeans and workboots.... 

Oct 08, 2018 07:31 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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Treat everyone alike but sometimes it's hard. I have found that some people that look a little problematic actually have the most money.

Oct 08, 2018 06:18 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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I try to treat everyone the same.  But, I may have more questions for some that make me suspicious of their resources.

Oct 08, 2018 05:56 AM
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Dan Capra
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preapprovals and proof of funds tell it all..dont judge a book by its cover

Oct 08, 2018 05:11 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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I only care what the lender says.

Oct 08, 2018 10:36 AM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I treat everyone equal and base the home price on the Pre-Approval letter and discussion we have regarding their plans.  I appreciate it when others prejudge someone based on superficial details, it means more for me.  

Funny story, I saw a guy wearing baggy sweats, an oversized messy teeshirt get into a Bently with the license plate, Im Rich.  

Oct 08, 2018 10:29 AM
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Jeanne Gregory
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I've found that folks with "real" money sometimes don't dress, drive or act like they do.  I do my best to treat everyone with the respect they deserve. 

Oct 08, 2018 09:24 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Big mistake if you do that!

Oct 08, 2018 08:13 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Thanks for the QWilliam Feela The A's are priceless.

Oct 08, 2018 06:59 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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How much can you afford and feel comfortable with? Proof of funds! Let's get started. A guy in old shorts, a torn T-shirt and flip flops bought a 7 figure house from me. He paid cash and closed in 2 weeks. A casual fellow!

Oct 08, 2018 06:16 AM
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Jeff Pearl
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No, they and their lender decide. It's just math. Lots of Jed Clampett types out there!

Oct 08, 2018 04:41 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
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My very first sale in the auto industry: old Buick belching black smoke and rusty, he was wearing Holy blue jeans and a tattered t-shirt and bought a Park Avenue for his wife and a limited edition Riviera for himself!

Never judge a book by its cover.

Oct 08, 2018 04:18 AM
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
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Thank you Alan May 

Oct 07, 2018 07:27 PM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
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No judging just closing

Oct 08, 2018 04:15 PM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
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Don't ever judge a book by it's cover.

Oct 08, 2018 02:55 PM
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
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I treat everyone the same.

Oct 08, 2018 02:17 PM
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Harjeet Bhatti
FITH THIRD BANK - Chicago, IL
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Treat all the borrowers same. 

Oct 08, 2018 12:50 PM
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Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

Legally, we are supposed to treat everyone the same. Since we are human, our brains sometimes get in the way and lead us to make judgments that are incorrect. 

I am thankful that I read "The Millionaire Next Door" just after college. It gave me insight into people at a younger age and debunked "traditional" thoughts/judgments. 

Oct 08, 2018 08:47 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
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Really?

Oct 08, 2018 08:16 AM
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Josh Stevenson
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I have done this once or twice and been surely thrown off by it. Often the people with all cash are looking comfortable in blue jeans and a t-shirt and one of the most difficult and financially strapped clients I had were well dressed and made me feel too informal in my polo and khakis. So, once you start meeting people who break the mold of looks=money it's easier to see the world a differently

Oct 08, 2018 08:03 AM
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Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
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I did that once and lost a really good sale.

Never again!

Oct 08, 2018 07:54 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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When I first got started, it was a rush judgment call. It cost me a sale too thus I learned that lesson. Today, I am more professional

Oct 08, 2018 07:16 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
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Only with a pre-approved mortgage from a bank or morgtage broker

Oct 08, 2018 05:44 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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I look at the pre qual letter and if they do not have one, i get them pre qualifed for free, then determine if they can or can not buy

Oct 08, 2018 05:36 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Invalid question.

The valid question is "Do you treat everyone alike?" Drop the misdirection.

No, we don't treat everyone alike. Eventually we treat them as they indicate they NEED to be treated. The drama queen, the insecure and the one who knows no boundaries need to be treated differently.

Your question suggests agents have forgotten the FIRST RULE in working with buyers.

Oct 08, 2018 04:48 AM
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Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
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I have worked with some extremely wealthy people whose dress and vehicle choice would not demonstrate wealth. Look and dress are not always an indicator.

Oct 08, 2018 04:41 PM
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Gita Bantwal
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No.

Oct 08, 2018 04:10 PM
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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Proof of funds:) most of our listings get all cash offers. So we want proof of funds. Since we work a lot with horse people, here in our area, the horses look and are treated better than people. You can eat off the floor of the immaculate stalls and barns, which look like mansions, but then the house where the humans live is messy, priorities are the horses. :) So NO< we never judge a person by what they wear! 

Oct 08, 2018 01:23 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
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Wow, what a question...

Oct 08, 2018 09:37 AM
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Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
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No, I rely on their pre approval letter for that.

Oct 08, 2018 09:33 AM
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Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
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Hopefully this is not a real question..

Of course people of all incomes dress at all ranges of the spectrum.

Who would think the mark zucherberg was as wealthy as he is based on the sweatshirts, etc. 

I based everything on their financials- what they are prequalified for, or was their proof of funds tells me about their purcahse power. 

 

Oct 08, 2018 07:35 AM
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Michael J. Perry
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Everyone has to get Pre Approved

Oct 08, 2018 06:08 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
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no way.  I do recall once when I was about to buy a new car and I went after an afternoon of sweaty softball coaching to look at a new car and they treated me like I couldn't affotd it. I left and drove an hour to a different town and bought a new car that day. I then drove back to that first dealer and explained how they screwed up.

Oct 08, 2018 08:38 PM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
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I don't decide if they can afford it I let their finances and their personal comfort level with the cost dictate and let the lender say if they are qualified. William Feela 

Oct 13, 2018 03:31 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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I know some rich people that dress in bad closing and never shave.

 

Oct 13, 2018 11:35 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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No, by their pre-approval or proof of funds.

Oct 12, 2018 05:51 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
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I NEVER judge a book by it's cover - no one should - very dangerous slope that!

Oct 09, 2018 03:18 PM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

No I do not, because that would be so unfair in life, and not at all what I was taught in real estate school either William Feela - and - I would not want to be judged that way myself.  So to answer your second question, all clients and potential clients are on an equal playing field until the Prequal and then their price range becomes obvious to all (still has nothing to do with looks or attire).

Oct 09, 2018 01:54 PM
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Romylio "Romeo" Cordoba - NSB Realtor
Adams Cameron and Co. Realtors - New Smyrna Beach, FL
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Never. I treat all my clients the same.

Oct 08, 2018 11:25 PM