A gal I ride with is a Realtor. We've dropped lines via email for several months about buying, the last few weeks I've been digging through MLS listings she's provided, and I'm ready to look (we had decided on a few showings this sunday)- when out of the blue last night, she's required a pre-approval letter first.
First email: I'll need a pre-approval letter to set up the showings.
My response: In my previous experience this wasn't a requirement- why now?
Her response: It looks better to set up the showing for a qualified buyer.
I know this is bunk. If its that she is afraid of "wasting her time" by finding out down the road I wont qualify, she needs to say so. If she can't be up-front about this, what else might she not disclose? I get concerned about people who can't tell it like it is.
I also question the quality of her listing searches versus what I can find on public real estate websites- I'm finding some really nice houses elsewhere her searches don't provide. Something seems off.
1) SO, Whats the best way to tell her? do I just tell her I don't want to mix business with friendship?
2) My boss is also a Realtor on the side, and really excited about the industry (we worked together briefly last summer before I moved). HUGE advantage is "Hey, lets take a long lunch and check out some homes-" or "Why don't you leave at 3 today and we'll check out some houses". He's a trusted business partner, but could it also be a problem that we work together?