Buyer consultations should be a two way street, but they don't always feel that way. What they teach us in real estate school is to sit down with a buyer to go over their criteria in detail, get them in touch with a lender or at least try to qualify them, etc.

What you really need to know as a buyer is that there are a lot of Realtors to choose from, and you can be as picky as you want in who you choose work with, if anyone at all. If a Realtor wants to do a buyer consultation with you, prior to signing a contract, use it as an opportunity to interview the Realtor. We don't agree with trying to have somone sign a contract before finding out about us and how we operate.

Consultations are not as common as they used to be because of the information available online. People can get a great idea of how things work, which areas they want, and what they can afford just looking on their own.

If a buyer wants to sit down with us, it's no problem at all. However, we can accomplish the same thing with phone calls, text messages, emails, etc. We like to adapt to what a buyer is most comfortable with because it allows for much more clear communication.