10 Remarks from Unrealistic Home Buyers

Buyers Real Estate Market

The 10 remarks of unrealistic home buyers listed below are mostly comical in nature. However, I have heard all of these (or something very close) over the years. If you are a Realtor selling homes in Sarasota then you probably have as well.

Part of our compensation as real estate agents comes from educating the consumer. This list might come across as complaining but I really am not. Make no mistake, we love our home buyers (and sellers). Hopefully, consumers will continue to need us Realtors as much as we need them. 

Allegedly Heard from Sarasota Home Buyers ;-)

1. "I am in control of this deal. The sellers need me more than I need them. They should be thanking me." 

2. "I can probably get a mortgage without a problem. Let's go find the house now and then we will worry later about how to pay for it." 

3. "I would like to find a house on Bird Key overlooking the bay for $1,000,000."

4. "Thank you for showing us these Sarasota real estate market statistics. My sister's boyfriend is a waiter at Chili's but has his real estate license. He told me that it is still a buyer's market." 

5. "I know the roof checked out fine in the inspection, but we would like the sellers to install a new metal roof for us. We love the way they look."

4. "I would like to make an offer for 70% of the asking price. I won't pay much more than that."  (The average price discount in Sarasota hovers around 5%)

5. "I would like a beach condo for $300,000. It needs to be newer and have an unobstructed water view."

6. "I want to put down $2,000 and have the seller hold a mortgage for the rest."

7. "We want a new home with some privacy and a lake view within walking distance of downtown."

8. "I would like to lease option a beach front condo on Longboat Key. Can you help me find a seller that won't ask me to put much money down?"

9. "Here is our home inspection report. We would like the sellers to paint the entire house inside and out."

10. "I plan on retiring in 9 years but want to look at some property now. Can we see these 11 homes this weekend?" 


 Originally wrote WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2013


#1 By guenther edelsbacher at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

This is to funny! But sadly true:)

#2 By Frank at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Be careful woith number 10 , I bought my first second home 6 years before I moved into it and my retirement condo 2 years ago , I'll probably retire in 3 - 4 more years .

#3 By John at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Unfortunately, those signs are universal with minor changes. I can relate to all.... especially #10!

#4 By Steve Brown at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Signs of an unrealistic realtor.
Oh don't worry, it just needs a "little" fixing up.
I "think" it has 3000 square feet ( ooops it's only 2500 after contract signed)
I'm sure there's room to add a garage, permits are no problem.
If you'll just remodel your home head to toe, drop price 20%, and owner finance I'm sure we can sell it!

#5 By Marc Rasmussen at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Frank - we sell properties all of the time to people retiring in the future. This particular buyer was planning on buying in 9 years.

Steve - Yea, those are bad. If you hear those things run.

#6 By Tiffany J at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

These are pretty funny. We see way too many similar type comments. It's just crazy what people think. Nice post Mark!

#7 By Steve at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

I think realtors as well as buyers usually spend a lot of effort trying to reach their goals. Sometimes realtors may be "overpaid", but I imagine that is pretty rare. Other hand, buyers and sellers both do a lot of give and take in the transactions and everyone can get overwhelmed by the process.

#8 By Lillie at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

I know them! :) And they are sincere when asking. You gotta listen,address the concern and move forward. GEE, I love this article and RE. Never a dull moment.

#9 By Alex Krumm at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

HA! These are great. But seriously, I'd like to get into a house on Bird Key overlooking the bay for $1 million.

#10 By Marc Rasmussen at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Thx Alex. I would love that too.

#11 By Scott Ferguson at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Funny comments to read with my morning coffee!
Now, can you get me in Gulf & Bay for $250,000?
Thank you,

#12 By Steve at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Seems like real interesting information and opinions expressed here. I also know it's not dead serious just good natured discussions....always good! I own a Villa close to Clearwater Beach and Honeymoon Island ( a small one...) and a nice lake front home on a 300 ft point on the LAke of the Ozarks in Missouri. I think sometimes the reason people expect they can get more in your area is the prices elsewhere. In the Ozark mountains, and other nice areas, for a $1,000.000 a person could buy several hundred acres, with a 4000 square foot lodge type home ( not a dump) and they might have a stream, cave, beautiful valley's and views, low low taxes, and perhaps neighbors that are a bit more friendly and much much less traffic. SO, when they decide to move to some parts of Florida paying that much for a condo with huge monthly fee's it is a little hard to get used to. Not saying one is better than the other, but a much different way of looking at "what you get for your $$$".

#13 By Kathy Lakowitz at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Hilarious! I can add #11 - "I want a 2 family house with 3 bedrooms & 2 - 3 baths in each unit located in NYC and I have $500,000.

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