To be sure, there are some needle-in-the-haystack properties that truly require Buyer — and Buyer’s agent — patience to find.

In the Twin Cities, that includes bigger, updated condo’s near the Lakes (the developers are all building luxury apartments); waterfront estates on Lake Minnetonka; and downtown Minneapolis condo’s with views and over 1,500 square feet (detect a theme??).

But, Realtors would simply call those “Buyer Needs” (no qualifying adjective).

When a Realtor networks a “long-time Buyer need” — usually with (more than) a whiff of frustration — they’re invariably telegraphing to their colleagues that their client is:  a) not realistic on price; b) unduly fussy; or more likely c) both.

P.S.: Of course, it’s not unheard of for a less than attentive Buyer’s agent to be “asleep at the wheel,” and miss listings that match their clients’ criteria.

But, those usually aren’t the agents aggressively networking Buyer needs, week in and week out.

See also, “Real Estate Euphemisms ” New & Improved.

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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