Jack Lewitz (Exit Strategy Realty)

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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I always demonstrate I have what they requested and additional information and resources they will find beneficial in their effort. 

For instance, 'what's the HOA fee?' "It is approximately $500. You will find of extreme interest information regarding the rules and regulation and issues that limit financing. Let me know how to get this information to you."

"Is this house still available?" "It is currently 'with contract' meaning it could become available again at any moment. How can I contact you if this happens? There are homes in this community in the process of becoming available, are you ready to get the show on the road?"

"How can this house be sold before it shows on the MLS?" "That does happen a lot. In a short inventory market, where most sales are cash, it becomes increasingly important to be FIRST. Let me help you get to the front of the line. Give me a call."

May 06, 2015 05:49 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I would give them the information - maybe once they know me, trust me, like me, the barriers will come down on their side and I will get a new client. If they don't want to know me, trust me, and like me, it will be a short relationship - but nothing ventured, nothing gained. 

May 06, 2015 12:35 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

The truth will come out. 

May 06, 2015 07:13 AM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

I do not see why that matters.  I would care if they were making an offer and I thought they had the wrong name, but otherwise, what difference does it make?  If that is the way they want to feel more comfortable, so be it. 

May 06, 2015 06:43 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

If it's information, I would send it. Will I make an appointment without a name, and accurate contact info?  No.

May 06, 2015 05:25 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I don't know how you could know that wasn't a real name. If they'd entered Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck, sure. But Sarah Wish? As Theresa Akin pointed out, there IS someone by that name on Facebook. 

I Googled the Wish surname and found out about their family crest: https://www.houseofnames.com/wish-family-crest

May 07, 2015 03:47 AM
Theresa Akin

Do you really know it isn't her real name? I would send the information she requested. I learned early on in this business not to assume. With your response you could miss out on a nice addition to your sphere of influence and multiple smiles on the way to the bank. I just Facebooked a "Sarah Wish". There is a Sarah Wish on Facebook!!

May 07, 2015 01:54 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I just respond.  I try to keep a dialog going and keep them interested.  One time I thought the name sounded fake (It was a celebraty name) but it was real, not the celebraty, but someone with the same name.

May 07, 2015 01:43 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As Knights in Monty Python's Holy Grail continually yelled, "Run away, Run Away!" 

May 07, 2015 12:01 AM
Morris "Bill" Austin
Team Price Real Estate - Dripping Springs, TX
Exceptional service is my standard expectation.

I try to never judge from an initial contact whether that's phone, email or text. Folks have all kinds of names so maybe Wish is a real name.

I might hedge my bet with a "short answer is"... but I'd need more information in order to answer your question in depth. I look forward to getting together soon for an indepth discussion of what your are looking for.

Morris "Bill" Austin ~ Realtor ~ Team Price Real Estate

Austin Texas Metro ~ 512-709-6343 ~ bill@teamprice.com

May 06, 2015 11:41 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

If I have to just sign them up for automatic email alerts I do not mind for a few weeks  but I will not waste time on them until I know who I am dealing with. It is for my safety .

May 06, 2015 10:39 PM
Bob Force (REALTOR®)
Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill - Mount Airy, MD
The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate

if they want REAL information, they will give me a REAL name.   

May 06, 2015 05:06 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I play along for awhile. It depends if we have met in person or not. that is time to be real.

May 06, 2015 01:26 PM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I will asked them why they are using false name & address?  If they do not come clean I will drop them.

May 06, 2015 08:31 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

Yes, I would be puzzled why someone would be hiding their true information, that sends a red flag to me in a way! I would maybe tell them I will get back with them shortly, and try to do some research on the individual...I haven't had that issue...yet..

May 06, 2015 06:17 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't really work with them.

Nov 17, 2018 05:55 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

John nailed this one!


Nov 06, 2017 08:38 AM
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

 I do Nothing  but respect their privacy.

May 12, 2015 10:56 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Are you saying that people actually DO give their real names and addresses on occasion?  I've not come across that.  I only ask for first names, do quick search for them and if they come back to me then I get the real info.

May 12, 2015 06:50 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good question.  I haven't run into this yet. They have to show an ID to an escrow officer so maybe we should ask for one too!

May 10, 2015 10:42 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I move on quickly.  

May 09, 2015 06:21 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

You mean like "Bugs Bunny?" Or "Mickey Mouse?"  I just continue to treat them like anyone else and continue sending them emails.  You never know, they may eventually make a purchase.  I usually get them on my website - that is why the funny names.

May 07, 2015 11:11 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

If you turn away every anonymous inquiry that you receive you will never know how many potential sales you have lost.

May 07, 2015 02:18 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not going to work with them, life is too short for deception.

May 07, 2015 09:54 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Aren't we in the information business? Somebody calls and wants information, so, get their email address and cell number and send them the information if you have it and include your advertisement about your experience and the criteria of your client profile. They will call you if they want you to represent them, if not, it's the next opportunity, isn't it?

May 07, 2015 09:30 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

the reason why I think this person used a phoney name is because this person came to me as a seller referral. I make it a policy to research these leads by checking the mls and tax records . The tax records was not Ms Wish so I came to the conclusion she wanted to be anonymous which is ok with me. I think these leads should be better scrubbed before being sent out

May 07, 2015 09:23 AM
Rita Harris
W.P. & Assoc. - Seattle, WA
Specialty: Immigrant families & vintage homes

Yikes!  You guys are tough!  Not sure what I would've thoutght about Jack's sharp response.  Maybe be offended because of my name?  (Probably was teased in school about a name like that too...)

A request for info is just that, a request.  It's not a promise to do business with the salesperson, nor enter into a relationship with them.  Sometimes it's only vague curiosity to rule in or out something in order to make a decision.

In my own case, my husband and I keep a "junk email account" into which all requests for "download this free report" or other internet sort of queries are directed.  I don't monitor that account unless I am hunting for something.  I am NOT allowing my business or home email addresses to get spammed up by entities (including well-mean real estate agents with drip campaigns) to clog up my already full accounts.

As to Ms. Wish.  Sounds real to me, actually.  I have worked with titled English people who refer to themselves as Sir, Lady, Duchess, etc.  What do I care?  If I treat them respectfuily, they will be the clients who provide real names, LLC's or corporation names in the end on a P&S Agreement.  I don't care.  Getting the client's needs met is all that matters, along with being paid well for my services.  Just my opinion tho....

Rita Harris, Broker (Seattle)
WP & Associates

May 07, 2015 09:08 AM
Lisa Hayashi
Award Referral Network Inc. - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Retired Realtor

I agree, you can't assume her name is not "real", but you did not say how the information was requested either. If it was by phone or if it was by email or in person, I would deal with each prospect differently. Invariably, when a prospect finds value in your information and in dealing with you, they will not lie about who they are if they are serious. Frankly, if they do not want to give their real identity, then it's not really someone you want to work with anyway.

May 07, 2015 07:09 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Keep my Eye on them..


Could mean trouble..


May 07, 2015 06:28 AM
Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

Unless you know for sure, I would not assume that the person was using an alias. Once, when I was in college, I answered the phone and a person with a really phony sounding accent asked for my roommate. Thinking the caller was kidding around, I responded in the same phony sounding accent, but, much to my embarrassment, it was the head of her department, and the accent was genuine. Boy did I feel sheepish.

May 07, 2015 06:20 AM
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

I agree RUN.  There are lots of people who won't be dishonest. That is no way to start any relationship.

May 07, 2015 01:35 AM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Years ago I had a close friend whose maiden name was Pam Wish. Hope you are not making a mistake. 

May 07, 2015 12:56 AM
Kunni Biener
First Class Title, Inc. - Rockville, MD

Because I have an unusual name and am quite findable, I am cautious about using it on first time requests for information. I don't want to get bombarded if the initial response gives me enough info to know that I am not interested. So, I agree with others who say that they would provide info, but not go further.  Not using my real name doesn't make me a liar, it just makes me cautious.

May 07, 2015 12:42 AM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Notary Training, Consulting. Colorado Springs, CO

I have met people with unusual last names.  I do not assume the person is a liar.  I would use it as a conversation starter, not a guilty verdict.

There is a town in MA named Ware.  There was a Chinese man that lived there. 
He was Jo Hu from Ware.

My name is the same as a famous basketball player, who is in the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Sometimes, basketball fans will ask me about my name.  I tell them I am not the celebrity, but I did meet him in person and got his autograph.

May 07, 2015 12:42 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Since we don't list property, we really don't get any flakes to call us.  We get few calls but they are typically good buyers who are looking for our services.

If someone wants to play games with their name or where they live, I would not waste my time. 

I want to have a good working relationship with my clients and that means neither of us can be a liar.


May 06, 2015 08:17 AM