What The &*#%!

I have a bone to pick.

I’m so frustrated as I sit here at 7:30PM dealing with a sign-back on an offer, as well as the general buying public.

Maybe I didn’t get my afternoon Tim Horton’s coffee.

Or maybe I know I’m going to miss the entire Leafs game tonight…

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It continuously boggles my mind how people think that the real estate market is here to serve them, and cater to their needs.

What I mean by this, is that such a large percentage of people I deal with believe that it is the market that is wrong, and not themselves, when they disagree with the price of a house or a condo.

Here’s what I’m getting at:

I just got a “cold-call” from a potential buyer (although this man was NEVER a potential buyer) for Tip Top Lofts.

I handle all the calls for the building.

This man asks me what is available, and I give him my basic rundown of the units available, prices, and a short backstory on the building.

He asks me, “You mentioned there’s a unit for $298,900?  How big is that?”

I inform him that this unit is 638 square feet. 

Then he says to me, “Nah, that’s no good. I need about 1000 square feet.”

“Ahhhh, I see,” I reply.  “Well, there are several units available at Tip Tops in the 930 to 1250 square foot range that run in price anywhere from $419,900 to $499,900, depending on what you’re looking for, and every single unit at Tip Top Lofts is different.”

“Well I’m sort of in that $298,900 price range,” he says.  “I mean, I can go as high as $325,000, maybe $340,000.”

Amid my confusion, I still reply, “Well, the next unit at Tip Top Lofts after the $298,900 unit is an 872 square foot unit for $399,500.”

“No, you aren’t getting me,” he says.  “I need about 1000 square feet at Tip Tops, but I need it in that $325,000 to $340,000 price range!”

Yeah, and I need H.G. Wells and his Time Machine to help me short-sell some shares of Nortel in November, 2001!

This is what really gets me.

When you go to Dominion and buy a 3-LB bag of carrots for $2.99, you don’t go up to the cashier and say, “Well I’m really looking for a 3-LB bag of carrots for $1.79.  I see there that I can get a 1.5-LB bag of carrots for $1.79, but that doesn’t interest me.”

I told this “potential buyer” that prices for 1000 square foot units start at around $425K, and he replied, “Well that’s ridiculous!  I know I can get 1000 square feet for what I’m willing to pay.”

Really?

You can?

Then what the hell are you doing on the phone with me???

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  1. Polish-Canadian says:

    Hello David — don’t you love dealing with the public — apply the appropriate adjectives here — be glad he’s not your brain surgeon or dentist — ouch! But just a minute here, isn’t the customer always right? Are you deliberately forgeting the Tip Top unit with his name on it, that has the large space for the small price???

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