Beware! House runners can be very fast – you may get run over if you’re not careful. What is a house runner, you ask? If you’ve ever seen one of those game shows from the 90’s, where you have so many minutes to run through a store and put as many items in your shopping cart, then you are familiar with the house runner.
As best we can tell, house runners know exactly what they want, and seeing pictures online often does not equate to how the house appears in real life. They will often come through the front door, be very short on words and proceed quickly through the house – buzzing through the kitchen, to the master bedroom, upstairs (if there is a second floor), then the additional bedrooms. Any inquiry like, “can I help you,” “what do you think,” is quickly shutdown with a “no, just looking, thanks.” In a flash of light they are gone out the door, quicker than Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
You can forget about trying to get them to sign a buyer information card. They may or may not be working with a Realtor®. I used to get offended, and think they were being rude, but after years of hosting open houses, it’s clear that some people just shop for homes like browsing the clearance rack at T.J. Maxx. I think I even had the privilege of meeting the superhero The Flash once. This guy was so quick that he came through the door and toured the entire home in less than 5 minutes, but his two feet never left the tile in the foyer – it was impressive.
There is not much you can do about house runners. If you’re able to get a word in, assume they know all the details about the house, and simply inquire if there is something specific they are looking for or wanted to verify. Sometimes they may open up, if they see you’re not trying to go into full sales mode. Otherwise, just thank them for coming and prepare for the next buyer. Remember, getting to “yes” means getting through a bunch of “no’s”.