(The only interim title that I really objected to was “Special Friend,” which sounded vaguely insulting.)
Is there a similar progression in a real estate “courtship?”
Reading the Signs
Usually, there is.
To the Buyer’s agent, something about the client’s demeanor during the first showing will be a little different, more serious — see, “Like (vs. Love) at First Sight.”
Afterwards, the Buyer’s Agent will typically appear on the Listing Agent’s radar with some positive feedback and follow-up questions (see, “When Do You Tell the Seller?“), and to make sure no other offer is imminent.
The next step is typically a second showing, and, if the Buyer is contemplating major work, a third showing.
After that comes the offer and negotiation.
The “Fickle Factor”
Just like in real courtships, occasionally Buyers who look poised to make a deal suddenly flake out(?) and disappear.
At the other extreme, some lucky Sellers’ homes will be swooped up by a Buyer who seemingly appears out of left field.
In general, however, most deals — like relationships — are characterized by a promising introduction, followed by steady, intensifying interest.