Needed to share mine before I got through page 3.
As first time home-buyers, DH and I went to a seminar put on by one of the relators in our town. Very informative stuff. About 8 months later, we decided to make an appointment with the gal. I had a fairly detailed list of what I must have in a home, what would be nice to have, and what would have been "icing on the cake" (not mandatory, but good). DH and I had carefully budgeted and figured what range we were looking at and could get a loan for. When we talked with the woman, she never asked anything about what we were looking for. About 15 minutes into the conversation, she asked our price range that we were thinking while pulling up pages of large McMansion-style homes in $$$ neighborhoods. We told her. "Oh NO. You can't get anything for that range. With your incomes you could get <double what we were planning> as a loan." And then in the most condesending voice I have ever had used on me, "I don't think you understand WHAT you would get for THAT low of an amount."
Before DH could inhale to say something, I raised an eyebrow. "Well, since you finally asked what we are looking for in a home, perhaps this will help. I was thinking of (the rest said in bullet points and quickly) a RANCH house, less than 1000 square foot, older home not newly built, 2-3 bedrooms, a full basement that doesn't have to be finished, at least a one car garage and something that is in town, not in <name of suburb that is $$>. Do you think that THAT house might be in our range?"
She (or her assistant) called for about 5 months trying to interest us into houses that we still WAY over our budget and not at all what we were looking for. I finally had to be blunt and tell her to remove us from your list now.
I will put of our actual houses that we ended up looking at with our new relator* later.
*Our new relator actually started the first conversation with "How much are you looking to spend and what are you looking to get." She loved my list.
Ugh, the realtors we've dealt with. Ugh.
1. I had seen a house with a For Sale sign and called the realtor listed. He asked me to come in, Fine. I do. He starts asking me what I want. Also fine, but I really just wanted to see THAT house. You know, the one with the sign out front with your name on it. Ignores me, but keeps asking what I want. I was younger then and went along with it. Told him what we wanted and didn't want. Deal breakers: "Garage house" -- the house style in which you can't see anything of the house besides the front door tacked onto the garage; kitchen up front as you walk in; a certain development.
Guess what he tries to show me? Houses that met every single one of those dealbreakers. After the fifth one, I turned to him and said, "I think you totally misunderstood. Garage houses, kitchens up front and that development are my dealBREAKERS." He looked at me with this incredible sneer and said, "I heard you. You just don't know what you want. I'm showing you what you should buy, what you should want." I told him what I wanted was to be brought back to the office asap so I could stop wasting my time with someone who wasn't showing me what I wanted. He kept trying to argue with me and I finally got out of the car and walked.
2. Went to visit the realtor who works with a "Custom Builder." We liked one house plan, except that I wanted a different facade and one side of the houset to be bumped out 6 feet. "Oh, we can't do that. It's custom work." Cue me blinking and spluttering in confusion. "Ummmm.... " I point to the sign over her head. "It says CUSTOM builder." She shakes her head, "Custom doesn't mean custom."
3. Went to a Parade of Homes. Saw a house we liked. The realtor is sitting at the kitchen counter studiously ignoring all of the potential clients who CAME TO HIM. I go up and say, "Excuse me, we're interested in this house--" He cuts me off and says, "This house is sold." Never lifts his eyes off his book. I later met someone who told me that they tried to buy a house from that guy too and he said he was too busy to deal with them.
4. Went to an open house. LOVED the house. Went up to the realtor and asked about it and he takes one look at me and says, "It's out of your price range." Okeydokey. I admit I laughed my butt off when that house finally sold months later for way below the original asking price.