Friday I made an appt for my clients / friends from Shanghai to see a condo / townhouse in San Francisco's Mission Bay. I called in early afternoon, and the Realtor was good enough to set one for 5pm.
My clients and i started out in West Portal because they really liked the access to shopping and light rail. But I really wanted them to see South Beach / Mission Bay - there's shopping, walk to grocery stores, 20 minutes walk to Union Square, plus the water / bay views they were after.
My clients don't drive, so they wanted to take SF's MUNI (light rail) downtown for the experience. (Not always a good idea!) So I got my first Clipper card, and off we went. We were a little late because we saw a home on Ulloa Street they really liked, so that took longer than expected. As we were finally on our way on the train I knew we were going to be late - I tried to stay calm as the train stalled numerous times in the subway.....
At the last subway stop (Embarcadero Station) I called the other agent at 5pm and told her we were on our way in the next train down the Embarcadero and should be there soon - left a voicemail. We finally got to the last stop on King Street, past the AT&T ballpark and near Caltrain station, and quickly walked to the appointment. At this point we were lucky to arrive at 5:30pm, a half hour late. We walked up to the door, and I saw a smiling face greet us inside. She greeted us with a smile, and joked that we shouldn't have taken MUNI. She was eloquent in showing us the building and the townhouse we wanted to see.
My clients have a tendancy to talk a lot and get off subject, but that is natural for someone from out of country. For awhile we talked about the area, and then Shanghai and a few other areas that are known to be paradise on earth. It was a lot of fun. The other agent basically sold them on the South Beach / Mission Bay neighborhood, which I knew in my heart they would totally fall in love with. I owe her for that one.
The point is, this appointment could have gone totally south - because we were so late and took up a lot of her time - at least an hour and a half! But it didn't, and we parted with the other agent as friends would. It is just so wonderful to be able to have a professional and courteous meeting with another Realtor.
And today I'm on a roll. I called and made 4 more appts for Monday afternoon in the same area. All the Realtors were accomodating and pleasant. Is this an alternate universe or better yet a sign of more professionalism? I vote for the last and that it will continue! And believe me, we WILL be on time this time....
John M Scott, Broker / Owner, Century 21 Scott Keys Properties, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), serving San Francisco and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area