Impromptu Office?  Now, THAT’S Low Overhead

I wasn’t trying to eavesdrop, but when you commandeer a table at Barnes & Noble for a group of people, spread out a bunch of contracts, and clearly “set up shop” in plain sight . . . you do tend to attract attention.

barnes nobleIn this case, a Realtor was explaining to his prospective clients (a couple) how “dual agency” works (“there are pro’s and con’s . . .”), and otherwise familiarizing them with the particulars of a standard Buyer Rep(resentation) contract.

For all I know, he moved on to discuss a suggested offering price for a home they were interested in.

Before he got to that, though, I got up and moved.

Tacky (very).

Not to mention indiscrete.

Preferred Meeting Places

While I’ve certainly seen Realtors discuss business with clients at coffee shops and other public places, personally I think it’s a very poor practice.

The client’s Kitchen table, the Realtor’s office or car, or even a home that you’re showing (provided the owner’s nowhere in sight):  all fine.

Starbucks (or Barnes & Noble)?

Bad idea.

P.S.:  Years ago, as a new CPA, I remember my employer giving me and my fellow initiates explicit instructions never to discuss business in public — but especially not in elevators or other close quarters.

You’d think that would be common sense — but apparently not.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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