House Shopping- #1

We’re HOPING to buy a house!

The Mr. and I have lived together for 2 1/2 years and now that we are married, we would really like to buy a house and stop renting.  We’ve done a lot of research and are currently not using a Realtor.  We don’t like the idea of committing to one person until we find someone that we really feel has our best interest in their mind.  Since we aren’t working with anyone yet, every time we meet to view a home it is also a mini interview to see if we would like to work with them.

We went to view a 3rd house today, but let’s start from the beginning.

The first home was a HUD home that was a HUGE fixer upper.  Way too much work for us now.  No go.

The second home was really nice, but not for the high price they were asking for it.  It looked really nice online, but in person it wasn’t as impressive.  And if I’m paying more than I would like to for a home, it better impress me!

So, today…we went to go view the 3rd home.  We really liked the area and although the house was smaller than we would like, the area was the selling factor.  We went at 3pm to view the home.   Well, we thought we were going to view the home.  We actually just got to view the outside of the home for 30 minutes since the agent NEVER showed up.  Mind you…we went early so that we could scope out the neighborhood a little beforehand.  Forty-five minutes later, we left.  We called her cell phone twice and the office once and never heard back from ANY of them.  The whole situation was just completely unprofessional. It’s actually unfathomable that they could stay in business if they work their business this way.  I mean…this is their job!   When we got home I cooled down for an hour because I was still pretty upset and tried to call the office again.  The secretary answered and apparently at 4:30 pm they were all gone for the day.  I asked if they were out showing and if they would return and she said the were gone.  I asked what time they would be in tomorrow and she said 11 am.  Really?  I know that they don’t have to go in the office that much because most of their job can be done from any computer, but if that is the case, shouldn’t they be picking up their cell phones?  Ugh!

Overall, if you are looking for customer service and are in the Houston area DO NOT work with Pathway Real Estate Advisors.  The agent that never showed and never returned our calls was Florida Dotson, but based on my experience with the office staff, I wouldn’t work with anyone at this place again.  Please, save yourself the trouble!

*Vent over*

Hopefully House Shopping will go up from here!

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